Foresters Primary School

Name Foresters Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 07 February 2013
Address Redford Avenue, Wallington, Surrey, SM6 9DP
Phone Number 02086696910
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 243 (64% boys 36% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.8
Local Authority Sutton
Percentage Free School Meals 37.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 20.6%
Persisitent Absence 24.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Foresters is an average-sized primary school. There is one class in every year group from Nursery to Year 6 and, in addition, there are four classes for up to 42 pupils on the autistic spectrum. These four classes make up a specially resourced provision, the Foresters Opportunity Base (FOB), which comes under the governing body’s management. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in the care of the local authority and for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is much higher than the national average. Around two pupils out of five come from a wide range of minority ethnic heritages, a proportion that is a little higher than usual. Around a quarter of pupils speak English as an additional language, a slightly higher proportion than average; however, few pupils are at an early stage of learning the language. Because of the significant number of pupils with a statement of special educational needs in FOB, the proportion on the special needs register at school action plus and with statements of special educational needs is considerably higher than usual. The proportion of pupils on the special needs register at school action is lower than average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils achieve well during their time at the school. From below-average starting points they make good progress and leave school with results that are broadly average. The Nursery and Reception classes give the children a happy and settled start to their education, where they learn quickly. The school welcomes all. Pupils who need it receive tailor-made additional support to suit their individual needs, while pupils on the autistic spectrum in the Foresters Opportunity Base (FOB) are encouraged to integrate with others wherever possible. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is strong, encouraging all to respect one another and get on well together. Pupils’ overall behaviour is good. Those who occasionally find it difficult to deal with their emotions are supported sensitively in the nurture group. The quality of teaching is good, enabling most pupils to make strong progress. Teachers mark pupils’ work well, ensuring that they understand what they need to do to improve. Reading is a strength of the school, and pupils talk enthusiastically of their enjoyment of books. Effective school leaders have secured improvements since the previous inspection. They have successfully raised the quality of teaching by focusing closely on how well pupils are learning and providing effective support where it is needed. As a result, pupils’ learning and progress have improved and are now good, and attendance, too, has improved. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Although teaching is predominantly good and occasionally outstanding there are pockets of teaching in which pupils learn more slowly. In these cases teachers tend to take over too much, preventing pupils from finding things out for themselves, so that they sometimes lose concentration. Pupils do a little less well in writing than they do in reading and mathematics. This is because they do not always have enough practice in writing across a range of topics.