David Livingstone Academy


Name David Livingstone Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 05 June 2019
Address Northwood Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey, CR7 8HX
Phone Number 02086534240
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 206 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.5
Academy Sponsor Step Academy Trust
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 31.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 46.6%
Persisitent Absence 10.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

David Livingstone Primary School was judged as requiring improvement in March 2017. This is a one-form of entry primary school, but with two classes in Year 6. The early years consists of one Reception class. The majority of pupils come from a White British, Black African or Black Caribbean background. A large proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language, and this is in the top 20% nationally. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is high. The proportion of pupils with SEND is slightly above average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Leaders have brought about significant improvements in the school because of their high expectations. Trustees acted promptly following the previous inspection, and they have been instrumental in bringing about change. There is a relentless pursuit of the highest standards. The school’s comprehensive programme for professional development has been crucial in ensuring rapid improvement. Leaders at all levels have an excellent understanding of their roles, and they provide compelling evidence of the impact of their work. The quality of teaching is routinely outstanding. Teachers have an excellent understanding of how children learn. Consequently, learning is planned very well to ensure pupils make very strong progress. The school’s information on pupils’ progress shows a picture of sustained high standards and improving outcomes. The promotion of pupils’ personal development is outstanding. Pupils behave very well. They are polite, resilient, courteous and considerate. Safeguarding is effective. There is a culture of vigilance across the school. Pupils feel secure at school and cared for by staff. The early years provision gives children an excellent start to their education. The use of specialist teaching is highly effective in music, physical education and French. Governors know their role well, and they hold school leaders to account effectively for the actions that they take. All pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) make excellent progress. Leaders make good use of additional funding to ensure that vulnerable pupils do very well. The school’s curriculum is very well developed. It meets the needs of all pupils. Nonetheless, the leaders have identified that there is more to do to extend the richness of pupils’ experiences. Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the school.