Forster Park Primary School

Name Forster Park Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 June 2015
Address Boundfield Road, London, SE6 1PQ
Phone Number 02086985686
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 556 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.5
Local Authority Lewisham
Percentage Free School Meals 27.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 28.1%
Persisitent Absence 17.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school is well above average in size compared with other primary schools. Pupil numbers are rising as it expands to three forms of entry. The school is part of the Oakbridge Federation with another primary school. They share a governing body and an executive headteacher. A new senior team, including the head of school, has been fully operational since September 2014. The whole previous senior leadership team and the Executive Headteacher of the federation left at the end of the summer term 2014. Three quarters of pupils are from a wide range of minority ethnic backgrounds. One third of pupils speak English as an additional language. This figure is well above average. The majority of pupils are disadvantaged and supported by funding through the pupil premium. This is additional government funding which, in this school, supports pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils who join or leave part-way through their primary education is much higher than in most primary schools. The Nursery caters for 21 children on a part-time basis as well as 28 children who attend full time. Children attend the three Reception classes full time. The school provides daily breakfast and after-school clubs. 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. Leaders have a clear vision to drive towards excellence for all pupils and staff. They are extremely thoughtful about what works and what needs changing. Governors are focused sharply on improving outcomes and performance in all areas. They reacted very swiftly to minimise any difficulties through the departure of senior leaders last year. Leaders have put in place rigorous procedures for monitoring and improving teaching. They take swift action if teachers do not meet the targets set. Teaching is good, and improving rapidly throughout the school. All groups of pupils make good progress from their individual starting points. The federation provides a strong structure of support for senior leadership and for improving teaching. Provision in the early years interests the children and captures their imagination. This leads to them making particularly rapid gains in their learning. Pupils behave well in lessons and at play. They are polite, have good manners and show care and consideration for others. School records show that incidents of misbehaviour have diminished greatly. Pupils are very aware how much staff care for their well-being. They say this helps them feel safe, secure and happy in school. The school has highly effective strategies for engaging with parents, including those who find working with the school difficult. Pupils take pride in their work and are proud of their school. They mostly demonstrate positive attitudes to learning and want to be successful. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not all teaching generates consistently high levels of enthusiasm and a thirst for learning in all pupils. At times, teachers do not use methods that deepen the pupils’ understanding of new ideas quickly enough. Pupils are not always as actively engaged in their learning as they could be. They do not always take a lead in planning and taking responsibility for their learning.