Avenue Primary Academy

Name Avenue Primary Academy
Website http://www.avenue.sutton.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 21 March 2012
Address Avenue Road, Belmont, Sutton, Surrey, SM2 6JE
Phone Number 02086425138
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 998 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.6
Academy Sponsor Cirrus Primary Academy Trust
Local Authority Sutton
Percentage Free School Meals 10.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 48.3%
Persisitent Absence 6%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about the school

Avenue Primary School is a much larger than average primary school and the roll is rising. The school expanded to four forms of entry in Reception and Year 1 this year, at the request of the local authority. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is lower than average The proportion of pupils at school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is lower than average. Approximately 60% of pupils are White British, with the remainder of pupils coming from a range of different ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils from a minority ethnic heritage is increasing, reflecting the changes in the local community. The school is currently undertaking consultation to become an academy and with regard to becoming a permanent four-form entry primary school. The school has a strong focus on the use of technology to enhance learning, including its own radio station. The headteacher, a national leader of learning, was appointed in September 2011 and there have been several changes to the senior leadership team since the last inspection. The school meets the current government floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment in English and mathematics.

Key findings

This is an outstanding school. Pupils flourish both academically and socially and mature into responsible members of the school and wider community. The vast majority of parents and carers who gave their views were extremely positive about all aspects of the school. Achievement is outstanding. When pupils join the Early Years Foundation Stage, they make rapid progress and this is sustained as they move through the school. Consequently, by the time they leave at the end of Year 6 all groups of pupils achieve standards that are significantly above those of their peers nationally. Excellent behaviour in and out of lessons, very positive attitudes to learning and pupils’ consideration for each other, contribute to outstanding achievement. Pupils say they feel safe and secure; parents and carers agree and inspectors endorse these views. Rigorous, accurate assessment systems allow teachers to plan lessons that match pupils’ needs effectively. Outstanding teaching, overall, allows these lessons to be delivered in interesting and inspiring ways that ensure pupils are motivated to learn. The imaginative and stimulating curriculum, particularly in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, further enhances all pupils’ enjoyment and leads to their high achievement, including in reading. The drive and commitment of leaders and managers have ensured that high levels of achievement for all pupils have been sustained over time. The recently appointed headteacher has swiftly articulated his vision for the school into action by restructuring the leadership team to improve capacity and rigorously monitoring the performance of teaching to ensure that standards are maintained and further improved. The curriculum is constantly under review to ensure it reflects the needs of all pupils, particularly those from minority ethnic heritages and continues to provide rich meaningful experiences.