Downsview Primary and Nursery School


Name Downsview Primary and Nursery School
Website http://www.downsview.croydon.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 March 2015
Address Biggin Way, Upper Norwood, London, SE19 3XE
Phone Number 02087644611
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 654 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.4
Percentage Free School Meals 11.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 31.3%

Information about this school

Downsview Primary and Nursery School is larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through pupil premium is similar to the national average. Pupil premium is additional funding provided by the government for disadvantaged pupils. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs on the school roll is higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is higher than the national average. The early years provision consists of a part-time Nursery and full-time Reception classes. In 2014, the school met the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school operates a breakfast and after-school club which are run by the governing body.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher provides clear direction. She has had a positive impact on pupils’ achievement. There has been a trend of improvements and pupils now attain above the national average at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. They are above the national average in writing and mathematics. All leaders have worked well together to ensure that teaching is typically good. They have a comprehensive understanding of the performance of the school. The governing body is supportive of leaders and has a clear awareness of the school’s strengths and areas for development. The curriculum is exciting and fun. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness is well developed. There are many opportunities for pupils to develop their creative skills in music, art and dance. Teaching is typically good. Classrooms are well resourced and attractive displays make the school an exciting place to learn. Teaching assistants work well with pupils. They are well trained and provide good support to pupils who have particular needs. Pupils relate very well to each other. They behave well in lessons and at lunchtimes. Pupils say that the school works hard to keep everyone safe. There are strong relationships between staff and pupils. Attendance and punctuality are good. The school uses its specialist physical education (PE) and sports funding well. Pupils have enjoyed considerable success in a range of sporting events. Active and healthy lifestyles are very well promoted. Parents are very supportive. They like the opportunities that the school provides for their children. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers do not have consistently high expectations of pupils. Not enough pupils, including those who are most able, make better than expected progress in reading in Key Stage 2. There are gaps between the attainment of boys and girls in the early years provision. Children’s progress is not always tracked regularly or systematically in the early years provision.