Smitham Primary School

Name Smitham Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Portnalls Road, Coulsdon, CR5 3DE
Phone Number 02086604399
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 518 (47.9% boys 52.1% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.5
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 16.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 14.3%
Persisitent Absence 8.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 12%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (22 March 2017)
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Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. Smitham is larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for pupil premium funding is a little lower than average. The proportion of pupils who are from minority ethnic backgrounds is higher than average. Pupils come from a wide variety of heritages. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is a little below average. Children’s attendance in the Nursery class is flexible. They can attend morning or afternoon sessions, or stay all day for half the week. Reception children stay all day. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Smitham is a warm and welcoming school in which pupils learn well and get on very well together. It is popular with parents, staff and pupils. Leaders have created a culture where learning is celebrated. Pupils’ work is prominently displayed. Older pupils are often given the opportunity to help younger ones with their learning, and this is appreciated by all. Leaders know their school. Leaders at every level understand the school’s strengths and what remains to be done before it can be judged to be outstanding. Leaders and governors have tackled the recommendations of the previous inspection with vigour. Improvements in pupils’ progress show that the school is on an upward path. Governors provide effective challenge to leaders. This ensures that the school continues to move forward and grow in strength. Pupils behave well. This is a kind school, where adults and pupils respect one another. The school looks after the pupils well. It teaches them how to stay safe. Teaching, learning and assessment are consistently good. The topic-based curriculum engages the pupils well. As a result, most pupils make good progress in their learning. Teachers’ feedback, both written and oral, creates worthwhile dialogue with pupils, enabling them to reflect on their learning. Children in the Nursery and Reception classes learn well. Activities are stimulating and creative, promoting good language, number and social skills. Pupils’ outcomes are good overall. Pupils in each year group make strong progress in a wide range of subjects. Pupils who receive support for a range of additional needs make particularly strong progress. Progress of the most able pupils, particularly the most able disadvantaged pupils, is more variable than that of pupils as a whole. Adults’ expectations are not always high enough to secure the best outcomes for these pupils. Overall attendance is average. A few pupils miss more school than they should. The school employs various strategies, but these are not always effective in raising the attendance of these pupils.