Davidson Primary Academy

Name Davidson Primary Academy
Website http://www.davidsonprimary.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Dartnell Road, Croydon, CR0 6JA
Phone Number 02086541460
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 218 (52.3% boys 47.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.8
Academy Sponsor Chancery Education Trust
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 32.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 48.7%
Persisitent Absence 15.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 19.6%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (30 January 2019)
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Information about this school

Davidson Primary Academy converted to become an academy school on 1 April 2016. When its predecessor school, Davidson Primary School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be inadequate. Davidson Primary Academy is part of the Chancery Education Trust. The school has a local governing body, which has delegated responsibilities from the board of trustees. The school is an average-sized primary school. The early years provision comprises one Reception class. The acting principal took up post in April 2018. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is above the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is above other schools nationally.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders, including those responsible for governance, have improved the standard of education at the school since it opened as an academy. They are ambitious and determined to provide the best education for their pupils. Staff are supportive of senior leaders and of the changes that have been made to the school. All members of staff receive high-quality training to continually improve their practice. Leaders have taken effective action to improve teaching and learning. This is now strong, particularly in English, mathematics and science. In other subjects, however, the quality of teaching is more varied across the school. Leaders and staff have high expectations. Pupils respond well. They have strong relationships with their teachers, and they are aspirational for their futures. By the end of key stage 2, pupils’ progress in reading, writing and mathematics is in line with national averages. Attainment at key stage 1 is consistently high. Pupils achieve well in reading and mathematics, and they attain at a high standard. Writing is not as strong. Pupils do not develop high-quality writing skills across the curriculum. Pupils are safe and happy at school. Lessons are calm and orderly, and pupils behave well. They are courteous and friendly. Pupils are keen to take on responsibilities and help each other. They show positive attitudes to their learning. Bullying is rare, and pupils are generally respectful of each other. Leaders’ actions to improve attendance have had a positive impact, but this remains a priority for the school. Persistent absence is still high, and attendance is below the national average. The early years is a warm and welcoming environment. Staff make sure that children make good progress and are ready to join Year 1 with the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful. The provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is good. Leaders and support staff ensure that pupils make strong progress and receive the necessary additional support.