St John’s CofE Primary School

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St John’s CofE Primary School

Name St John’s CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Spring Park Road, Shirley, Croydon, CR0 5EL
Phone Number 02086542260
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 330 (53.6% boys 46.4% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.3
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 8.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 21.6%
Persisitent Absence 2.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 5.9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (13 January 2016)
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Information about this school

St John’s Church of England Primary School is slightly smaller than the average-sized primary school nationally. There are currently eight classes in the school, with one class per year group, except in Year 5 which has two classes. The school is currently working with the local authority and Diocese of Southwark to expand the school to two classes per year group. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic heritage groups is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, and looked after children) is below the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is above average. The school meets the government floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school This is a school which helps pupils develop a love of learning. Pupils develop an understanding that their hard work will help them in their later studies and career. Pupils’ aspirations are developed as a result and they have a strong understanding of university and careers. Leaders have created a culture of high aspirations where no child is left behind. Everyone who works at the school understands that only the very highest standards are acceptable. As a result, pupils make outstanding progress and their confidence flourishes academically and socially. Teachers use highly skilful, probing questions to get to the heart of what pupils understand. They extend pupils systematically with learning opportunities that deepen their understanding and skills. Teaching assistants are highly focused on the development of pupils’ learning. They spend their time focused on questioning pupils, unpicking their thinking and deepening their skills. Pupils, regardless of their background, ethnicity or starting point in learning, make superb progress in their learning. The school knows each pupil, their strengths and areas for development, while deeply caring about everyone as an individual. The governing body is collectively an exceptionally able group. They are highly challenging and work together to ensure that the school continues to strive towards excellence, while caring for all. They initiate research to get under the skin of the school. This helps them to understand what needs to be improved or be kept the same. They work to improve the school while protecting its unique culture and ethos. One parent explained, ‘I feel blessed that my children attend this school.’ This sums up the high esteem that parents, children and staff feel towards their school. The curriculum has many significant strengths. In particular, the teaching of reading, writing, music, computing and science are strengths. Pupils’ work is well above the national expectations for their age throughout the school. Pupils also benefit greatly from the regular opportunities to develop their speaking and listening across the curriculum. Children in the early years get off to a tremendous start in their learning. They are very well supported and grow in confidence quickly. They consistently make excellent progress as a result of excellent teaching and detailed assessments.