Alderbrook Primary School

Name Alderbrook Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 April 2014
Address Oldridge Road, Balham, London, SW12 8PP
Phone Number 02086734913
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 352 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 13.8
Percentage Free School Meals 15%
Percentage English is Not First Language 41.8%

Information about this school

This is an average sized primary school. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is higher than the national figure. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also higher than average. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium, which is additional funding for looked after children and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those from service families, is above the national average. The school serves a diverse community and more than three quarters of pupils are from minority ethnic groups. Almost half the pupils speak English as an additional language, a few of whom are at the early stages of learning English. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. There has been a considerable amount of staff turnover since the previous inspection, including a new headteacher who was appointed in March 2013 and several new leaders at both senior and middle levels. There have also been a number of changes to the governing body, including a new Chair of the Governing Body. The school has recently opened a new purpose built Early Years unit to create additional space to accommodate its increase in size from one class in each year group to two. There are currently two classes in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils achieve well. They make good progress from low starting points to reach average standards at the end of Year 6 in reading, writing and mathematics. The newly formed leadership team has put robust measures in place to manage teachers’ performance. This has ensured that, despite a high staff turnover, attainment has continued to rise and is now higher than at the previous inspection. Pupils behave well in and around the school and respond quickly to teachers’ instructions, allowing lessons to proceed smoothly. The new leadership team has worked increasingly effectively with parents and carers to secure improvements in attendance. Leaders foster good relations well, which means that pupils work and play together harmoniously and there is a positive atmosphere in lessons which is conducive to good learning. A new system for managing behaviour has been highly effective in reducing the number of exclusions to zero so far this year. Governors, leaders and managers have been successful in ensuring that the quality of teaching and of pupils’ achievement has remained good since the previous inspection. The school’s curriculum provides ample opportunities to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development exceptionally well. It is not yet an outstanding school because: There is not enough outstanding teaching to ensure that pupils make rapid and sustained progress throughout year groups. Pupils do not always have the confidence to complete tasks in the most efficient way, which slows down the rate at which they work. Pupils are not always given a new task quickly enough when they complete a piece of work successfully, which slows their progress. Pupils do not always expect to have to answer questions directed at the whole class so occasionally they do not think of answers, which limits their understanding of the subject being discussed.