|Name||Cheam Park Farm Primary Academy|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||26 June 2019|
|Address||Molesey Drive, Cheam, Sutton, Surrey, SM3 9UU|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||895 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||26.4|
|Academy Sponsor||Leo Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||5.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||32.2%|
Information about this school
The school was created in 2016 following the amalgamation of two schools. At the same time, it joined the LEO Academy Trust. The school is much larger than most primary schools. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is below average. Just over a quarter of the pupils speak English as an additional language. The school is on two sites, one housing key stage 2 pupils while younger pupils attend the other. Pupils come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. The largest group of children are from White British backgrounds, making up over half of the school, with pupils from Asian or Asian British and other Asian backgrounds making up the next most sizeable group.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school Since opening as an academy, senior leaders have ensured that the quality of teaching and assessment to improve pupils’ progress has been their central goal. The impact of this work is now evident in all year groups, including the early years. The governing body has provided the school with a clear direction as well as a good balance of support and challenge. They have been involved in the development of the school from its onset, because they understand the needs of the pupils who attend. Teaching is outstanding and provides a careful balance of work, which not only interests the pupils but also makes them want to try hard to succeed. Teachers are proud to be involved in the development of the school and appreciate the investment in their training that leaders make, as well as that of the LEO Academy Trust. Teaching develops pupils’ skills strongly in reading, writing and mathematics, and also in other subjects, including art, physical education (PE) and music. Staff know their pupils very well and working relationships are excellent, helping pupils to become confident learners. This prepares them very well for secondary school. Pupils in all year groups make consistently strong progress. Leaders make effective use of monitoring records to create small-group and individual teaching sessions that quickly address any potential underachievement. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) do well because care is taken to plan work that meets their individual needs. Several pupils also receive helpful additional support from teaching assistants. Pupils show great kindness towards others. They are very well behaved and willing to work hard. Leaders ensure that pupils are very well cared for, and make excellent provision for their personal development. School leaders have worked effectively with parents and carers to ensure that they work together to support the pupils’ attendance, which is above average. Leadership in the early years is outstanding. The provision in the Nursery and Reception classes supports children’s excellent progress so that they are very well prepared for Year 1.