Robert Fitzroy Academy

Name Robert Fitzroy Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address 80 Brampton Road, Croydon, CR0 6JN
Phone Number 02086629700
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 613 (49.8% boys 50.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.2
Academy Sponsor Reach2 Academy Trust
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 24.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 27.2%
Persisitent Absence 6.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.2%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (08 July 2014)
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Information about this school

The Robert Fitzroy Academy opened as a totally new academy on 1 September 2012. The academy is a part of the REAch2 Academy Trust. It is smaller than the average-sized primary academy. The academy is growing in numbers, but currently consists of four Reception classes and four Year 1 classes. The proportion of pupils from a minority ethnic background is well above average. Over a third of pupils speak English as an additional language. This is a much higher proportion than found nationally. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium is above average. This is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and looked after children. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above the national average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also above the national average. There is a breakfast and an after-school club. Both are managed by the governing body and so formed part of this inspection. As the academy opened in September 2012 and currently has no pupils older than Year 1, it is not possible to assess the pupils’ achievement against the government’s current floor standards.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Children have a good start to school life and make good progress in Reception. They have an enthusiasm for learning and enjoy finding out new things. Pupils continue their good progress throughout Year 1 in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils benefit from typically good teaching across the academy. Teachers have positive relationships with pupils and good subject knowledge in a wide range of activities which interest pupils. The care and welfare of pupils are central to the work of the academy and are extremely effective. The headteacher, supported by the governing body, leads and manages the academy very effectively. She is ambitious and passionate in her determination to make the academy an extremely safe place where all pupils learn well. The range of subjects taught provides a variety of stimulating activities for pupils that encourage a love of learning. The academy chain provides a range of support which enables school leaders to strengthen teaching and learning. Pupils behave well, are polite and proud of their academy. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Teaching does not always ensure that pupils act upon the comments made in their books to help them improve their work. In Reception classes, children do not readily think for themselves to fully develop their confidence. Some teachers with leadership responsibilities have taken over their roles quite recently. They are not yet fully proficient in promoting improvement in their areas of responsibility.