Greenvale Primary School

Name Greenvale Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Sandpiper Road, Selsdon Vale, South Croydon, CR2 8PR
Phone Number 02086512833
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 218 (57.8% boys 42.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.3
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 3.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 10.1%
Persisitent Absence 3.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.2%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (20 June 2013)
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Information about this school

This is a smaller-than-average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium, which is additional funding for children looked after by the local authority, those known to be eligible for free school meals and children from service families, is much lower than the national average. There are currently no children from service families in the school. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is less than half that found nationally. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also much lower. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. A number of minority ethnic groups are represented in varying proportions. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language. There are no pupils at a very early stage of learning English. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. There has been some turnover of staff since the previous inspection, including the appointment of a new headteacher and a new special educational needs coordinator.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils achieve well. They make good progress from low starting points to reach average standards in mathematics and English by the end of Year 6. Teaching is good because teachers have high expectations of what pupils can accomplish and lessons are well paced and interesting. Marking is of a high quality and contributes well to the good progress pupils make. Pupils are courteous and respectful, both within school and beyond, as for example, when visiting local pensioners as part of their community links. Pupils feel safe at school and say that behaviour is good because any issues are quickly dealt with. In terms of attendance, the school is in the top 40% of schools nationally. The new headteacher has brought rigour and efficiency to the management of teachers’ performance and this is driving improvement in the quality of teaching. Members of the governing body are highly involved in the life of the school and work effectively to support staff in striving for ever better outcomes for pupils. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching to ensure all pupils make and sustain rapid progress, particularly in mathematics. Although pupils have opportunities to write and use mathematics in different subjects, these links are not reinforced systematically in order to ensure maximum progress. The performance of individual pupils is checked regularly, but the information is not always used as effectively as it could be to target teaching to match individual needs. The impact of additional provision is not measured accurately enough to ensure it generates the best possible progress for the pupils concerned.