Ridgeway Primary School

Name Ridgeway Primary School
Website http://www.ridgewayprimaryschool.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Southcote Road, South Croydon, CR2 0EQ
Phone Number 02086578063
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 650 (49.7% boys 50.3% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.2
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 5.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 33%
Persisitent Absence 3.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.7%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (13 November 2018)
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Information about this school

Ridgeway Primary School is larger than the average-sized primary school. Since the last inspection there have been significant changes to the leadership of the school. This includes two co-headteachers, senior leaders and the chair of the governing body. The local authority has supported the school during this transition. Pupils come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds with the largest group being White British. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is below the national average. The proportion of pupils with an EHC plan is above the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is below the national average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The leadership of the school has undergone significant change since the last inspection. Leaders have managed this well. The proportion of children who achieve a good level of development at the end of early years is above average. Standards in phonics have improved and are above the national average. Attainment at the end of key stage 1 is equal to or above the national average in reading, writing and mathematics. The school offers pupils a calm and purposeful learning environment. Pupils’ personal development and welfare are outstanding. Behaviour is good. Pupils understand the rules and follow them well. Safeguarding is effective. The school encourages pupils to share their worries and concerns. Timely action is taken to protect pupils when required. 2018 provisional data indicates that pupils make average progress in reading and mathematics by the end of key stage 2. However, writing progress is below the national average. The headship team and governing body are highly ambitious for the school. They provide determined leadership. However, they do not always evaluate fully the impact of their actions. Teaching is good. High-quality teaching exists in the school, although there is some variation between classes in some year groups. The curriculum is broad and balanced. It provides effective opportunities for pupils to deepen their knowledge and understanding. Middle leaders are enthusiastic and keen to develop their skills. As some are new to their role, they have not yet monitored teaching and pupils’ progress effectively in their subjects. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is developed very well. They have a good understanding of tolerance, respect and equality. This prepares them well for life in modern Britain. Current pupils make good progress in writing. However, expectations of writing in some classes are too low. As a result, not all pupils are challenged to produce their best writing.