|Name||Elmwood Infant School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||11 September 2014|
|Address||Lodge Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 2PL|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||406 (48% boys 52% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||24.0|
|Percentage Free School Meals||25.8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||70.2%|
Information about this school
The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is above that found in most schools. This is additional government funding to support those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those in the care of the local authority. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is above average, as is the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language. About one third of pupils at the school are disabled or have special educational needs. This is a higher proportion than in most schools.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Elmwood Infant School is a happy and welcoming school at the heart of the community. Staff have the highest expectations of every pupil. The promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a particular strength. Pupils from a diverse range of backgrounds play and work together harmoniously. Pupils behave well and are keen to do their best. Safeguarding arrangements are effective and pupils feel extremely safe. Adults listen carefully to pupils and value what they have to say. Pupils’ attainment in reading, writing and mathematics has improved steadily over the past three years. Standards are well above the national average by the end of Year 2. Pupils who speak English as an additional language are well supported. As a result, they make the same good progress as their classmates, and sometimes do better. Teaching is consistently good and sometimes outstanding. Teachers regularly reflect on their own practice and are keen to take on board advice about how they might improve. The teaching of phonics (the sounds letters make) has improved over the past year and is good. Provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage is good. Children quickly grow in confidence and make good progress when they join the school. Staff and governors regularly review and improve aspects of the school’s work. This has helped the school to raise standards. Governors have a good understanding of how pay is used to support and reward teaching. The attainment of pupils eligible for support from additional funding is higher than average. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils make slightly slower progress in writing than in reading and mathematics. Occasionally tasks set for pupils are not demanding enough. Pupils are not always clear about what they need to do to improve their work, particularly in writing.