Elmwood Infant School


Name Elmwood Infant School
Website http://www.elmwood-inf.croydon.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 September 2014
Address Lodge Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 2PL
Phone Number 02086897681
Type Primary
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
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.