Valley Primary School

Name Valley Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 02 October 2014
Address Beckenham Lane, Bromley, Kent, BR2 0DA
Phone Number 02084601121
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 467 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.2
Academy Sponsor Connect Schools Academy Trust
Local Authority Bromley
Percentage Free School Meals 9.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 26.1%
Persisitent Absence 5.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

Valley Primary is larger than the average-sized primary school. The school converted to become an academy school on 1 August 2011. When its predecessor school, of the same name, was last inspected by Ofsted it was judged to be outstanding overall. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is average. . This is additional government funding to support those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is above average, as is the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action plus or with statements of special educational needs is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school runs a breakfast club and an after-school club.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Valley Primary School is a happy, hard-working and inclusive school. Teaching is good and sometimes outstanding. As a result, pupils make good progress and achieve well. They make excellent progress in mathematics. Attainment in mathematics is much higher than the national average. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make excellent progress. Pupils’ needs are quickly assessed. Teaching assistants provide skilful and effective support. Children make good progress during the Reception year. They are enthusiastic about learning and happily join in with the wide range of activities. Pupils behave well and feel safe. There is a strong culture of mutual respect between pupils and their teachers. Pupils are quick to support and praise each other for doing their best, and teachers and teaching assistants respect pupils’ views. The headteacher and deputy headteacher provide excellent leadership for the school. They have an accurate view of the school’s performance and know precisely what needs to be done to move the school forward. Leaders have high expectations of staff and pupils and provide strong role models. Effective teamwork is at the heart of the school’s success. Leaders have secured important improvements in aspects of teaching and pupils’ achievement. Pupils learn a broad range of subjects, including a wide range of sporting, creative and musical opportunities, which contribute well to their enjoyment of school. The governing body plays an effective role in supporting and challenging school leaders. Governors are enthusiastic and knowledgeable and bring a wide range of skills to the school. The school’s key values are widely promoted and understood. Relationships in the school are strong. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Occasionally the work set for the most able pupils is not sufficiently demanding. There are variations in the quality of marking between different subjects. Opportunities for teachers to learn from existing excellent practice in the school are not yet fully developed. Some aspects of pupils’ understanding of internet safety are not as well developed as other aspects of safety.