Warren Road Primary School

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About Warren Road Primary School

Name Warren Road Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr James Ellis
Address Warren Road, Orpington, BR6 6JF
Phone Number 01689853798
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 836
Local Authority Bromley
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils come into school with smiles on their faces.

Staff share high expectations for all pupils. Behaviour around the school and in the playground is exceptional. Pupils demonstrate respect for one another.

Bullying is extremely rare. If it occurs, adults deal with this seriously, resolving the issue and ensuring it is not repeated. Pupils are extremely happy and safe here.

Staff's expectations of all pupils are consistently high. Pupils take the election of their school council representatives seriously. Leaders provide high-quality pastoral support.

Pupils are taught how to eat healthily, maintain an active lifestyle and keep physically and mental...ly healthy.

Leaders ensure pupils have access to a wide, rich set of experiences. There are many opportunities for pupils to develop their talents and interests.

An extensive choice of clubs made available to all pupils range from swimming, science, Mandarin, chess and gymnastics. The take up of these clubs is particularly high. Pupils enjoy swimming in the on-site swimming pool and exploring the school's woodland area.

Pupils in Year 6 look forward to their residential trip to the south coast.

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

Leaders have designed an aspirational curriculum that far exceeds the requirements of the national curriculum. All staff receive regular high-quality training, which helps them to teach all subjects confidently.

Staff routinely check pupils' prior knowledge. They build on this learning sequentially. This helps pupils to deepen their knowledge and understanding.

Leaders consider the content children learn in the early years for later study. For example, children learn about classifying animals in early years. Pupils in Year 1 use these strong foundations to use vocabulary accurately such as 'herbivore' and 'omnivore'.

In later years, pupils build on these concepts to understand food webs, habitats and ecosystems.

All pupils, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), are supported to succeed. In mathematics, for example, teachers present information clearly and use resources highly effectively so that pupils complete their work with confidence.

Children in Reception have access to a wealth of well-considered mathematical resources. Adults model language expertly to them in all areas of the curriculum. For instance, staff encouraged children to think scientifically about which substances could help ice melt the fastest.

This helped children to observe and predict. Pupils are prepared extremely well for the next stage of their education.

Leaders carefully consider pupils' future learning in secondary school.

In music, for instance, pupils have exposure to a range of genres and musicians. They learn how to play instruments individually but also as part of an ensemble. Leaders regularly review the curriculum to ensure that it is appropriately demanding.

Through appropriate assessment opportunities, staff identify gaps and misconceptions swiftly.

Leaders work closely with outside agencies to ensure that all pupils with SEND have an appropriate, tailored programme. Staff keep parents and carers regularly informed of their child's targets and progress.

Leaders have prioritised reading. They have a well-embedded approach to phonics. Staff deliver lessons with consistency, modelling sounds accurately.

When pupils are struggling to keep up, they are identified quickly and helped to catch up. Highly skilled adults help these pupils with expert guidance and support. Leaders have carefully matched books that pupils read to the sounds they know.

Reading has a high profile across the school. Leaders ensure that pupils have access to a broad range of diverse texts as well as classic fiction. Initiatives such as the school's book vending machine, 'birthday books' and the 'Masked Reader' ignite a passion for reading in pupils and staff too.

Pupils are articulate and respectful and clearly proud of their school. There are lots of opportunities for pupils to take on responsibilities. For example, sports ambassadors help younger pupils play games at breaktimes.

The school's 'eco group' works to support sustainable and green projects. Pupils take part in a range of visits linked to their learning. Pupils in the older year groups help younger ones to read.

Playground pals help pupils to get along and form friendships.

Staff and parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school. Staff appreciated how well leaders look out for them and the adaptations they have made to ensure their workload is manageable.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Staff have an acute understanding of their safeguarding responsibilities. They are extremely clear about how they report concerns.

Leaders know their local context and families well. They engage with external agencies to make sure that pupils are supported effectively. Leaders ensure there is a vigilant culture of safeguarding at the school.

Leaders have rigorous systems in place to follow up on any concerns raised by staff.

Pupils are taught how to keep safe, including online. They all have at least one trusted adult they can talk to about any worries.

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