Alexandra Junior School

Name Alexandra Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 15 November 2012
Address Cator Road, Sydenham, London, SE26 5DS
Phone Number 02087783961
Type Academy
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 250 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.6
Academy Sponsor Nexus Education Schools Trust
Percentage Free School Meals 7.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 10.8%

Information about this school

This is an average-sized junior school. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The next largest groups are from mixed White and Black Caribbean, Black African or Black Caribbean heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives additional funding (the pupil premium), because they are known to be eligible for free school meals, is a little above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The headteacher was appointed in the summer of 2011.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher leads the school exceptionally well and has made many changes since her appointment that have improved the school since the previous inspection. Teaching and learning are good and some teaching is outstanding. There are good relationships between teachers and pupils that help pupils learn well. As a result, progress has improved and pupils achieve well, so by the time they leave most pupils reach the expected level of attainment for their age in English and the large majority do so in mathematics. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make similar progress to others. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. They have very positive attitudes to learning and enjoy coming to school, as shown by their improved and high attendance. Pupils say they feel safe in school, that there is no bullying and all pupils are treated fairly. Leaders and managers have high expectations of pupils and staff. Regular and thorough checks are made on the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement. Leaders quickly identify and support any teaching that does not meet their high expectations. Parents and carers are very supportive of the school and feel their children are happy and well looked after. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching. The work that teachers set is not always challenging enough for some pupils to make the progress of which they are capable. Standards are not yet high enough, especially in mathematics, which are weaker than in English. In a few lessons, pupils do not have time to complete the higher-level work that teachers plan because they all start at the same point, whatever their ability. On occasion, teachers spend too long talking at the start of lessons and so pupils do not have enough time to work independently.