Old Bexley Church of England School

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Old Bexley Church of England School

Name Old Bexley Church of England School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 February 2015
Address Hurst Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 3JR
Phone Number 01322527981
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 822 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.3
Academy Sponsor Amadeus Primary Academies Trust
Local Authority Bexley
Percentage Free School Meals 3.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.7%
Persisitent Absence 5.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 1.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a much larger than average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic heritages is below average and fewer pupils than average speak English as an additional language. Almost all pupils are White British. About one in 10 pupils is disabled or has special educational needs. This is lower than found in most schools. About one in fourteen pupils is eligible for the pupil premium. This is additional funding provided for pupils who are looked after by the local authority or known to be eligible for free school meals. This is lower than the national average. The school has specially resourced provision, managed by the governing body, for up to 11 pupils identified with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). These pupils have access to an additional teaching room with an outdoor area. There is an on-site nursery, which is managed by the school’s governing body. Children attend nursery on a part time basis, with a morning session for one group of children and an afternoon session for another group of children. The Early Years Foundation Stage is made up of four classes. Reception children attend school full time. The school is expanding from a three-form entry school to four-form entry. In order to accommodate the growing number of pupils, there have been extensive building works since the previous inspection. In addition to this planned expansion, there is an additional Year 2 class. Before-school and after-school care is privately managed. Old Bexley CE Primary School has been in formal collaboration with Hillsgrove Primary School since April 2012. While the two schools have retained independent governing bodies, one executive headteacher has oversight of the two schools, with separate heads of school on each site. Since the previous inspection the headteacher has been appointed executive headteacher. The head of school was appointed in April 2012. She was previously the deputy headteacher of this school. The head of school is supported by two assistant headteachers. They were previously key stage managers in this school. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school is led and managed well. Leaders and managers have accurately identified the school’s strengths and what the school needs to do to become even better. This has led to improvements in teaching and achievement. Leaders have acted decisively and effectively to address a dip in the Key Stage 2 mathematics and reading results in 2014. Their actions have secured rapid progress in the current year. The Key Stage 1 results have been consistently above the national average since the previous inspection. Provision in the Nursery and the Early Years Foundation Stage is outstanding. Children get off to an excellent start, quickly develop an enjoyment of school and make rapid progress in all areas of learning. The quality of teaching is good and improving. Teachers form very positive relationships with pupils. This ensures they concentrate well in lessons and learn enthusiastically. Behaviour, safety and pupils’ attitudes to learning are excellent. Pupils feel very safe and their behaviour in lessons and around school is exemplary. Their attendance is above average. Pupils enrolled in the specialist provision receive a good standard of education and care, which enables them to make good progress. The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development exceptionally well in all of its work. The key Christian principles of valuing all, respect for others and serving the community underpin all aspects of the school. The school prepares pupils extremely well for the next stage of their education, and for life in modern Britain. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching to secure excellent progress of pupils. Teachers do not always give pupils time to act on the advice written in their books. Pupils’ work is sometimes too demanding. Middle leaders are not fully involved in checking the quality of teaching and learning in their areas of responsibility in order to ensure that pupils make faster progress.