Orchard Way Primary School

Name Orchard Way Primary School
Website http://www.orchardway.croydon.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Orchard Way, Shirley, Croydon, CR0 7NJ
Phone Number 02087776111
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 201 (52.2% boys 47.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.6
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 13.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.3%
Persisitent Absence 8.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 5.4%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (08 May 2014)
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Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school with one class in each year group. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. Other pupils represent a wide range of different ethnic backgrounds. The number of pupils from ethnic minority groups is above the national average. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported by school action is below the national average. The proportion of pupils needing external support or with a statement of special educational needs is in line with that found nationally. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is below that found nationally. The pupil premium is extra funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children looked after by the local authority. In 2013, the school met 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. The school has undergone a period of rapid improvement over the past 18 months, especially in the quality of teaching and the rate at which pupils make progress. The quality of teaching over time is good. Pupils make good progress and achieve well. Pupils learn particularly well in year groups when they are challenged and engaged in their learning. Pupils are well prepared for their next stage of education. The leaders’ and governors’ drive to improve teaching and attainment is resulting in high standards. Governors regularly visit the school and make accurate judgements on how well the school is progressing. The behaviour of pupils is consistently good. They love the school, are keen to learn and have good manners. The school makes sure the pupils feel safe and secure. Parents and carers agree that their children are safe and happy at school. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Teaching does not always ensure that the most-able pupils are given harder work to challenge their thinking. Pupils do not always have sufficient opportunities to improve their written work.