Windrush Primary School

Name Windrush Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 16 July 2013
Address 2 Bentham Road, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8AR
Phone Number 02083100157
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 819 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.4
Academy Sponsor Endeavour Partnership Trust
Local Authority Greenwich
Percentage Free School Meals 23.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 49.9%
Persisitent Absence 8%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

This is larger than the average-sized primary school. It is located on two sites over four miles apart, with three Reception classes at the Charlton site, and a single-form entry school with a nursery on the Thamesmead site. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is much higher than average. Most of these pupils speak English as an additional language. The largest group is of Black African heritage. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well above average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils looked after by the local authority, those known to be eligible for free school meals and children from service families. In this school, it applies to all three groups. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school exceeds the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school runs a daily breakfast and after-school club at the Charlton site. Since the last inspection, a second site was opened in September 2012 in Charlton. The building is being converted to accommodate three forms of entry. The leadership team has completely changed, with a new executive headteacher, a head of school at the Thamesmead site and a deputy headteacher appointed on both sites.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The aspirational leaders and managers, including governors, have secured high achievement for pupils and outstanding teaching over many years. These continue to improve as the school expands. Standards in reading, writing and mathematics are well above those of most schools nationally. All pupils make exceptional progress, many from starting points which are low. Pupils of high ability make exceptional progress. Disabled pupils, those with special educational needs and pupils with additional funding make progress at rates faster than those found nationally. Teaching and learning are outstanding. Nearly all teaching was good with much that is outstanding. Parents and carers at both sites are unanimous in their praise of the school. The school is a harmonious and happy community. Pupils raise money for those less fortunate than themselves, and show considerable respect for each other. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. Pupils’ behaviour in classrooms and around the school is exemplary. They have very positive attitudes towards their learning and enjoy very strong relationships with all the adults. They feel happy and safe. Consequently their attendance is good. Governors are well informed about the school. They have been instrumental in supporting the expansion of the school. They ask challenging questions of senior leaders and hold them to account.