South Norwood Primary


Name South Norwood Primary
Website http://www.southnorwood.croydon.sch.uk/croydon/primary/south-norwood
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Address 34 Crowther Road, South Norwood, London, SE25 5QP
Phone Number 02086542983
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Not applicable
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 325 (50.5% boys 49.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.0
Academy Sponsor The Pioneer Academy
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 29.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 36.1%
Persisitent Absence 9.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.8%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (09 January 2018)
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This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.

Information about this school

South Norwood converted to become an academy in January 2016. It is larger than the average-sized primary school. The early years provision comprises of two Reception classes. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is well above the average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above average. The school includes resourced provision for 14 pupils who are identified as having moderate learning difficulties.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school The curriculum is inadequate and does not meet pupils’ needs. Pupils are not given sufficient or appropriate learning experiences in subjects such as science, history and music. Leaders are not demonstrating the capacity required to bring about the necessary improvements. Leaders do not have an accurate understanding of the school’s performance. Teaching is not monitored robustly and teachers do not receive the professional development support to which they are entitled. The school development plan lacks focus and does not address the school’s inadequacies in teaching or pupil outcomes. Some pupils’ playtime is spoilt because the supervision of designated play spaces is poorly organised. Governors do not ask the right questions to hold leaders to account and have not challenged inadequacies in provision. In 2017 pupils’ progress in reading was well below average and in the bottom 10% of schools nationally. The proportion of pupils reaching the expected standards in both English and mathematics was below average. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is inadequate. They are not prepared well enough for their future lives in modern Britain. Pupils leave Year 6 without the skills, knowledge and understanding they need for secondary school. Provision in the early years is inadequate. It does not build upon previous experiences that children bring from their nursery or home settings. The school has the following strengths Small increases have been seen in key stage 1 outcomes, including in the phonics screening check and in Year 2 assessments. In 2017, pupils’ progress in writing was above average. Pupils are confident and want to learn. They have strong self-esteem and are curious about the world around them. Safeguarding arrangements are effective.