Forestdale Primary School


Name Forestdale Primary School
Website http://www.forestdale.croydon.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Pixton Way, Croydon, CR0 9JE
Phone Number 02086570924
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 402 (49.5% boys 50.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.5
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 13.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 22.7%
Persisitent Absence 7.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.7%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (20 November 2012)
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Information about this school

Forestdale is an average-sized primary school. The school serves a very diverse community. Almost half the pupils come from minority ethnic backgrounds. Most pupils speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for extra government funding (the pupil premium) is broadly average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported at school action is slightly below the national average, but the proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school regularly receives visits from headteachers who want to see Forestdale’s staff coaching programme (STAR) in action. The headteacher took up her post at the start of the autumn term 2012. She was previously the deputy headteacher of the school. A new Reception class has been established to respond to the local need for additional school places for four year olds. The children started school after the autumn half term. There is a private nursery on the school site. This is not managed by the governing body and was not visited as part of this inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The new headteacher has a clear understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses and has already begun to make improvements. She has very effective support from the three assistant headteachers and they work together as a strong team. Pupils do well in reading, writing and mathematics regardless of their academic ability or starting points. Teaching is generally good and occasionally outstanding. Teachers plan activities in lessons that meet pupils’ needs and that they enjoy. Teaching assistants provide high-quality support to those pupils who need additional help. The school provides well for the training needs of staff and this is helping to improve teaching. The governing body is very involved in the work of the school and holds school leaders to account effectively. Behaviour is good in lessons and pupils move around the school sensibly. Pupils say they feel safe in school and that any form of bullying is dealt with promptly. Pupils come to school regularly and on time. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The proportion of teaching that is outstanding is small. There is some variability in the quality of teaching in different subjects.