Gresham Primary School

Name Gresham Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead, South Croydon, CR2 9EA
Phone Number 02086571807
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 241 (49.4% boys 50.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.4
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 7.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 10.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.3%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (20 March 2014)
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Information about this school

The school is an average sized one-form entry primary school, with an extra class in Year 4. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is below average. The pupil premium provides additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those from service families and those in the care of the local authority. Just under three quarters of the pupils come from families of White British heritage. The other pupils come from a range of different minority ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who have English as an additional language is broadly average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is average but the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is higher than in most schools. The breakfast and after-school clubs are managed by the school and were included in this inspection. The school does not send any pupils to be educated off site in other institutions or alternative placements. The school has had some changes to staffing since the previous inspection. The headteacher was appointed in September 2012 and the current senior leadership team was formed in September 2012. A new Chair of the Governing Body was elected in January 2014. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum requirements for pupils’ attainment and progress

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils enjoy school and know that they are there to learn. From the Reception class onwards, pupils make good progress and achieve well. From an early stage pupils learn to read fluently and with expression. This also helps them to write well. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs are exceptionally well cared for and are included in everything. They are well supported in lessons and make good progress. Pupils behave well in lessons and around school. They work and play well together and are also friendly and polite to adults. Pupils, and their parents and carers, say that they feel safe. Teachers make lessons interesting and the activities planned motivate pupils to want to learn and do their best. The headteacher is providing determined and dynamic leadership. His vision for the school is strongly supported by staff and the governing body and is resulting in improvement. Pupils are keen to take part in the many sporting, music and artistic activities and events. Attendance is well above average which reflects pupils’ very positive attitudes to school. It is not yet an outstanding school because: The marking of pupils’ work is not consistent enough to give pupils clear guidance on the next steps and so help them improve their work. Not enough teaching is outstanding and this means that pupils do not always make fast enough progress.