St John’s CofE Primary School

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About St John’s CofE Primary School

Name St John’s CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Martina Martin
Address Spring Park Road, Shirley, Croydon, CR0 5EL
Phone Number 02086542260
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 418
Local Authority Croydon
Highlights from Latest Inspection


St John's Church of England Primary School continues to be an outstanding school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Everyone at St.

John's is kind and respectful. Pupils enjoy coming to school and they feel happy and safe. They know the difference between right and wrong.

Pupils said that bullying rarely happens and, if it does, adults deal with it and it does not happen again. Pupils learn about healthy relationships. The school vision is 'Love, Learn, Flourish'.

It is consistently modelled by staff and pupils.

Staff really care about and are extremely ambitious for their pupils. They make themselves available to parents and carers at the start and the end of the school day.

Parents speak very highly of the school, saying that the leadership is visible and strong.

Pupils make excellent progress through the curriculum. They are very well prepared for their move to secondary school.

This is because teachers are regularly trained and teach all subjects well. Pupils start learning to read as soon as they start school. They enjoy taking a range of books home.

Pupils here especially love music. The curriculum is of high quality, with many additional opportunities, such as choirs and instrument tuition.

Pupils remember their learning.

This is because they enjoy it and have regular opportunities to recall what they know.

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

Pupils receive a high-quality curriculum across all subjects of the national curriculum. Lessons are sequenced so that new knowledge makes sense to pupils and ideas are linked together.

Through regular recall, pupils can remember what they have learned before. Teachers then support them to build on that knowledge. Pupils enjoy their lessons.

They retain important knowledge and information that they have learned in a range of subjects.

Leaders also make sure that pupils enjoy learning outside the classroom. The many before- and after-school clubs are well attended.

Alongside the high-quality music curriculum, pupils can learn a range of instruments. Music specialists teach throughout the school. Pupils learn about rhythm, pitch and tone through engaging and suitably demanding activities.

They are confident and excited about their music learning.

Early reading is a strength at the school. Pupils start to learn phonics as soon as they start in Reception Year.

They enjoy and actively take part in their phonics lessons. Children in Reception Year begin to recognise letter sounds very soon after starting school. Adults continue teaching pupils in Year 1 and Year 2 to read well.

They regularly check what pupils can do and give them extra support if they need it. Some pupils fell behind in reading during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) national lockdowns. They are now catching up quickly because adults are giving them the extra support they need.

All pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), are included in every lesson. Pupils get extra support when necessary. Adults provide appropriate resources to help pupils with their learning.

Parents praised the way staff support their children. Pupils with SEND achieve well across all subjects.

Mathematics is planned and taught extremely well across the school.

Training is provided to make sure that staff can teach this subject confidently. All pupils achieve highly in mathematics.

Leaders have embedded the school's vision and rules throughout the school.

These fit in with the school's strong values. The rule 'Love one Another' is seen in action in classrooms. Pupils are polite and respectful towards each other and towards adults.

Relationships between staff and pupils are positive. A strong sense of community exists where everyone looks out for each other. Leaders, including governors, actively make sure that they look after their staff.

All staff said that they are proud of the school and get support to do their job. Everyone appreciates the care offered to them by the headteacher.

Behaviour is exceptional.

Pupils behave consistently well, even when adults are not present. There is no disruption in lessons, which means that pupils can learn at all times. They move around the school calmly.

Reception-age children walk around the school sensibly as soon as they join. They behave well and follow adult instructions.

In Reception Year, the curriculum is also well planned.

Staff set up classrooms to help children to learn independently and access activities easily. Across the school, high-quality work is modelled by teachers and pupils.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders take safeguarding seriously. All required procedures are in place for the safe recruitment of staff. All staff receive regular training and know what to do if they are concerned about a pupil.

Staff engage well with all relevant external agencies to ensure the best outcome for their pupils. They work closely with parents to understand pupils' needs.

Pupils said that they are confident they could talk to a trusted adult if needed.

Pupils have regular online safety lessons. They talk confidently about what they would do in different online scenarios to stay safe.


When we have judged a school to be outstanding, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains outstanding.

This is called a section 8 inspection of a good or outstanding school, because it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the section 8 inspection as a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the first section 8 inspection since we judged the school to be outstanding on 13 and 14 January 2016.

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