|Name||Brindishe Manor School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||18 September 2013|
|Address||Leahurst Road, Lewisham, London, SE13 5LS|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||469 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||18.3|
|Percentage Free School Meals||10.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||30.3%|
Information about this school
The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. It is a two-form entry school with two classes in each year group from Reception to Year 6 except in Year 3, which has three classes. It is a growing school. In 2010 the school welcomed a bulge class of 30 Reception children. This group is now working its way through the school. The Early Years Foundation Stage children are taught in a separate Nursery unit and a double Reception class. A new leadership team was appointed in September 2011 and the school entered into partnership with the two neighbouring schools. Each school has its own associate headteacher and there is an executive headteacher for the three schools. Pupils come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above average with an increasing number at an early stage of learning English in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Years 1 and 2. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, looked-after children and children from service families) is average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement 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.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. The school’s outstanding improvement since the last inspection is due to the exceptionally skilled executive headteacher, the very effective senior leadership team and to high quality teaching. Consequently, pupils now achieve significantly above average standards in both English and mathematics. In reading and mathematics in particular, pupils’ attainment at the end of Year 6 is much higher than that found in most schools nationally. This shows significant progress from their starting points when joining the school. Much of the teaching over time is outstanding in all key stages and in most subjects. Teachers plan and teach lessons that enable pupils to learn exceptionally well across the curriculum. Teachers have high expectations of all pupils. They use imaginative and innovative methods, which capture pupils’ interests and enthusiasm. As a result all pupils make excellent progress and their achievement is outstanding. Rigorous systems to check the quality of teaching by the senior leadership team mean that all teachers know what they do well and what needs improving to ensure that all pupils’ needs are fully met. Leaders, governors and staff have secured excellence in nearly every aspect of the school’s work since the previous inspection, including teaching and achievement. Pupils’ behaviour is excellent. They are polite, caring, courteous and show great respect for all members of the school community. Pupils say they feel very safe and are very well cared for. The school’s curriculum and very caring environment promote pupils’ excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.