Olive Tree School Closed


Name Olive Tree School Closed
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Inspection Date 27 November 2018
Address 363-365 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, London, SE13 6NZ
Phone Number 02083140169
Type Independent
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Islam
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Lewisham
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Olive Tree School is an independent day school for boys and girls in the London Borough of Lewisham. The school has a Muslim ethos. The school opened in 2003. The school is located within the premises of the mosque and community centre, LIC. The Nursery is in a separate part of the building. The main school and the Nursery have entrances on Mount Pleasant Road. The school uses off-site centres in Lewisham for physical education. The school has a board of trustees, which is the proprietor. There is also a separate governing body. A small number of trustees are also governors. Since the previous standard full inspection, there have been several changes in leadership. A new headteacher was appointed and has been in post since September 2017. A new deputy headteacher has been in post since September 2018. Two trustees, including the chair of trustees have resigned. Two governors have resigned. The school’s last standard inspection took place in March 2017, when the school was judged to be inadequate. Many independent school standards in parts 1, 2, 3, 5 and 8 were unmet. The school had a progress monitoring inspection in September 2017. At this inspection some standards relating to teaching, health and safety, risk assessments and the premises were met. Some standards remained unmet. The school is in breach of its registration because the total number of pupils on roll is 117, the number of full time pupils is 109, which is above the school’s capacity of 106. Leaders say that the Department for Education (DfE) has been informed.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school Leadership and management are inadequate. Leaders at all levels have not tackled the failings in safeguarding and health and safety since the last inspection in March 2017. As a result, not all the independent school standards are met consistently over time. Safeguarding is ineffective. Leaders and staff do not follow statutory guidance on safeguarding and the ‘Prevent’ duty. Checks on the suitability of staff, governors and trustees are not completed. Consequently, pupils are at risk of harm and the school’s provision for their personal development and welfare is inadequate. The premises do not meet the requirements of the independent school standards. The medical room is not fit for purpose and there is no cold water in the boys’ toilets. Systems for checking that the premises are safe, including fire safety, are ineffective. There is poor communication and confusion between leaders and the Lewisham Islamic Centre (LIC) about who is responsible for safety, and how to hold those responsible to account. The early years provision is inadequate. Leaders have not ensured that all the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the early years statutory framework are met. Assessment and planning in the early years is not precise enough to ensure that children make good progress. Transitions between activities take too long and some pupils are distracted. Pupils’ attendance has improved but it is still below the national figures for primary schools. The school has the following strengths Under the headteacher’s leadership, a comprehensive programme of monitoring teaching and the quality of pupils’ work is having a positive impact. Teaching, learning and assessment have improved since the previous inspection and are now good. Parents are very supportive of the school and the new leadership. Pupils’ behaviour is good in classes and around the school. This is because of well-planned teaching and strong relationships between adults and pupils. The curriculum enables pupils to make good progress across a range of subjects, including English, mathematics and science. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school must take action to meet the requirements of the schedule to The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and associated requirements. The details are listed in the full report.