Paxton Academy Sports And Science

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Paxton Academy Sports And Science

Name Paxton Academy Sports And Science
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Address 843 London Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 6AW
Phone Number 02086832308
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 181 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.0
Academy Sponsor Wandle Learning Trust
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 64.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 44.1%
Persisitent Absence 10.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 30.1%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (26 November 2019)
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What is it like to attend this school?

The new trust leaders’ ambition is high. Trust leaders and the new interim executive headteacher are making changes, but at present pupils do not receive a good enough quality of education.

Pupils study a full range of subjects. However, teachers do not know what pupils need to learn to be successful. Staff expectations of what pupils can achieve are not high enough. Sequences of lessons are not well planned. As a result, pupils have gaps in their learning. They do not gain the knowledge and skills needed to build on what they already know.

Staff expectations of pupils’ behaviour are too low. Too many pupils find it difficult to follow instructions and do not listen to adults carefully. When this happens, adults do not routinely remind pupils of the agreed behaviour rules. This means that poor behaviour disrupts learning.

Pupils have access to a range of extra-curricular clubs, including football, judo, dance and science. Pupils say that they enjoy school and feel safe. They say that when bullying happens, they can report it to staff, who sort it out.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Trust leaders provide excellent expertise and support for the new interim executive headteacher. These leaders have a thorough understanding of what needs to improve and have the skills to do this. They are rightly acting with urgency. Trust governors are holding leaders to account for the developments currently taking place.

Trust leaders know that there are weaknesses in pupils’ learning. Leaders have started to put plans in place to address this. The interim executive headteacher, leaders and staff are responding to the wide-ranging internal support that has been put in place. However, it is too early to fully show the impact. The quality of education received by pupils is inadequate. Poor pupil behaviour and poor management of behaviour by staff also affect the quality of learning.

Provision for reading is poor. The teaching of phonics is not consistently good enough. Staff do not ensure that all pupils gain the knowledge and skills to read sufficiently. This includes those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Pupils throughout the school do not have access to a wide range of high-quality reading books. Pupils’ reading books are not well matched to the sounds they already know or are being taught. This does not help them to catch up quickly. Pupils in Years 3 to 5 read books that offer limited challenge in developing their vocabulary and reading skills.

Mathematics is not taught well enough. Expectations for children in the early years are low. Children with strong mathematical knowledge and skills are not challenged or extended. The curriculum for older pupils is not well structured because teachers do not consider or adapt what they are teaching. They do not make sure that pupils understand mathematical concepts before moving on to the next part of their learning. Pupils are not provided with the skills needed to tackle or explain how they have solved mathematical problems.

The wider curriculum in the school is weak. This includes for science, history, religious education (RE) and personal, social and health education (PSHE). The organisation of learning lacks clarity. Planning and teaching do not build on what pupils know and can do. Leaders have not provided teachers with opportunities to develop specialist knowledge across a wide range of subjects. Consequently, teachers do not regularly check pupils’ understanding during lessons, and gaps or misconceptions in learning are not routinely addressed.

The needs of pupils with SEND have not been identified at an early stage. Trust leaders are now swiftly addressing this. However, learning is not adapted for these pupils well enough. Teachers have not received specific training to support pupils with SEND. These pupils’ needs are not well met. As a result, they do not achieve as well as they could from their starting points.

Children in Reception do not experience high-quality learning opportunities. Staff have low expectations of what the children can achieve. Adults’ support to develop children’s communication and language skills is not effective. The classroom and outdoor areas are not planned as well as they could be. The early years leader from one of the schools in the trust has brought immediate improvements to the provision on offer.

The PSHE programme does not support pupils to become confident and determined in their learning. Pupils have a limited understanding of fundamental British values. The RE curriculum does not provide pupils with a rich knowledge of religions, other cultures and their beliefs. This means that pupils are not well prepared for life in modern Britain.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Checks on staff recruitment are fit for purpose. Staff know what to do if they have concerns about pupils. They understand how to make prompt referrals to the safeguarding leads to ensure that pupils are safe from risk of harm. These concerns are followed up swiftly by leaders to ensure that pupils are kept safe. Leaders work together with outside agencies to ensure that the most vulnerable pupils and their families receive the support they need. Pupils understand how to keep themselves safe, including online.

What does the school need to do to improve?

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The quality of the curriculum is weak across the school. It does not build on what pupils already know and can do, including in science, history, RE and PSHE. Leaders should ensure that plans in all subjects provide clear progression in the knowledge pupils are expected to learn as they move through the school. . Teachers have insufficient subject knowledge and expertise across the curriculum. Teachers need subject-specific training. This is to ensure that pupils learn specific knowledge and skills and that they achieve well across a wide range of subjects. . Pupils are not taught to read well enough. Leaders need to improve the teaching of phonics, so that more pupils have stronger reading skills and achieve better. The school must also improve the availability of high-quality reading books across the school. Pupils require more opportunities to experience a wider vocabulary and develop comprehension skills, so that they can read with confidence and understanding. . Pupils are not taught mathematics well enough. In the early years, children with strong mathematical understanding are not challenged because expectations of what they can learn are too low. Older pupils do not have all the basic number skills and knowledge they need to tackle more complex problems. Leaders need to make sure that all pupils learn the necessary basic skills and revisit them regularly. They need to ensure that pupils have the skills to help them show how they solve calculations or problems. . Pupils are not well prepared for life in modern Britain. The school’s curriculum does not provide enough opportunities for pupils to learn about different faiths, customs and cultures. Leaders should ensure that the curriculum provides all pupils with sufficient understanding and appreciation of world religions, cultures and the wider world. . Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and while moving around the school is not good enough. All staff need to routinely apply the school discipline policies in the classroom and at other times. Teachers should ensure that work interests and motivates pupils, so that they sustain concentration and do not disrupt lessons. . Pupils with SEND do not have their needs met. Trust leaders have started to make sure that pupils with SEND are correctly identified. They should now make sure that teachers and teaching assistants receive training in meeting the different needs of all of these pupils.