Cardwell Primary School


Name Cardwell Primary School
Website http://www.cardwellschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 19 June 2014
Address 118 Frances Street, Woolwich, London, SE18 5LP
Phone Number 02088541051
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 465 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.0
Local Authority Greenwich
Percentage Free School Meals 22.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 51.8%

Information about this school

The school is much larger than the average-sized primary school. The school has a diverse ethnic population. The largest groups are of Black African or White British heritage. Most of the other ethnic groups are represented in smaller numbers. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is above average. The proportion supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also above average. The proportion of pupils for who the school receives pupil premium funding is well above average. This is additional government funding provided to give extra support to those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and to children who are looked after. The school makes provision for the Early Years Foundation Stage in a Nursery class and two Reception classes. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. There is a children’s centre on the school site, which is not managed by the school and therefore not included in this inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils make excellent progress through the school. Standards are consistently high in reading, writing and mathematics by the time they leave at the end of Year 6. Pupils’ achievement has continued to rise since the previous inspection. This is because : teaching has improved and is now outstanding. All groups of pupils including disabled pupils and those with special educational needs and those from different ethnic groups achieve exceptionally well. Relationships between staff and pupils are excellent. As a result, pupils want to do well, work hard and meet teachers’ high expectations for their learning. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is excellent. They are respectful and considerate of the needs of others. The school makes sure pupils are safe and secure and pupils say they feel very safe in school. The headteacher provides highly effective and inspirational leadership and is extremely well supported by the deputy headteacher. As a result the school has further improved from its outstanding position at the previous inspection. Leaders and managers, including governors, work exceptionally well together with a strong team spirit. All staff strive to do their very best for all the pupils.