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Downsview Primary and Nursery School

Downsview Primary and Nursery School
Biggin Way
Upper Norwood

phone: 020 87644611

headteacher: Nicola Wright

reveal email: h…

school holidays: via Croydon council

523 pupils aged 3—10y mixed gender
630 pupils capacity: 83% full

285 boys 54%


240 girls 46%


Last updated: June 18, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 532089, Northing: 170181
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.415, Longitude: -0.10194
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Nov. 24, 2010
Region › Const. › Ward
London › Croydon North › Upper Norwood
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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School report

Downsview Primary and Nursery


Biggin Way, Upper Norwood, London, SE19 3XE

Inspection dates 19–20 March 2015
Overall effectiveness This inspection: Good 2
Previous inspection: Good 2
Leadership and management Good 2
Behaviour and safety of pupils Good 2
Quality of teaching Good 2
Achievement of pupils Good 2
Early years provision Good 2

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school.
It is not yet an outstanding school because

The headteacher provides clear direction. She has
All leaders have worked well together to ensure
The governing body is supportive of leaders and
The curriculum is exciting and fun. Pupils’
had a positive impact on pupils’ achievement.
There has been a trend of improvements and
pupils now attain above the national average at
the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. They are
above the national average in writing and
that teaching is typically good. They have a
comprehensive understanding of the performance
of the school.
has a clear awareness of the school’s strengths
and areas for development.
spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness is
well developed. There are many opportunities for
pupils to develop their creative skills in music, art
and dance.
Teaching is typically good. Classrooms are well
Teaching assistants work well with pupils. They are
Pupils relate very well to each other. They behave
The school uses its specialist physical education
Parents are very supportive. They like the

resourced and attractive displays make the school
an exciting place to learn.
well trained and provide good support to pupils who
have particular needs.
well in lessons and at lunchtimes. Pupils say that
the school works hard to keep everyone safe. There
are strong relationships between staff and pupils.
Attendance and punctuality are good.
(PE) and sports funding well. Pupils have enjoyed
considerable success in a range of sporting events.
Active and healthy lifestyles are very well promoted.
opportunities that the school provides for their
Teachers do not have consistently high
Not enough pupils, including those who are most
expectations of pupils.
able, make better than expected progress in
reading in Key Stage 2.
There are gaps between the attainment of boys and
Children’s progress is not always tracked regularly
girls in the early years provision.
or systematically in the early years provision.

Information about this inspection

  • Inspectors observed learning in 21 lessons and part lessons. Many were observed jointly with senior
    leaders. In addition, the inspectors listened to pupils reading in Year 2 and Year 6.
  • Meetings were held with two groups of pupils and school staff. There was a discussion with the Chair of
    the Governing Body and four other members. A meeting was held with a representative from the local
  • Inspectors took account of 81 responses to the online questionnaire, Parent View. Other sources of
    parental views that were considered included correspondence and discussions with parents at the end of
    the day.
  • Inspectors observed the school’s work and analysed a large range of documents and policies, including
    the school’s own information on pupils’ current progress and documents checking the quality of teaching
    and learning. They also examined records relating to behaviour, attendance, risk analysis and
  • The views of staff were analysed through the 56 responses to the staff questionnaire.

Inspection team

Elizabeth Bowes, Lead inspector Additional Inspector
Roger Fenwick Additional Inspector
David Webster Additional Inspector

Full report

Information about this school

  • Downsview Primary and Nursery School is larger than the average-sized primary school.
  • The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through pupil premium is similar to the national
    average. Pupil premium is additional funding provided by the government for disadvantaged pupils.
  • The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs on the school roll is higher
    than the national average.
  • The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is higher than the national average.
  • The early years provision consists of a part-time Nursery and full-time Reception classes.
  • In 2014, the school met the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’
    attainment and progress.
  • The school operates a breakfast and after-school club which are run by the governing body.

What does the school need to do to improve further?

  • Improve the quality of teaching so that more is outstanding by ensuring:
    all teachers have consistently high expectations of pupils
    more pupils, including the most able, make better than expected progress in reading in Key Stage 2.
  • Develop the early years provision by ensuring that:
    the gap in attainment between girls and boys closes rapidly
    children’s progress is regularly and systematically tracked.

Inspection judgements

The leadership and management are good
  • The headteacher has introduced a culture where all are encouraged to succeed. She has a strong ambition
    to continue to improve the school and has high expectations of both staff and pupils. Consequently, the
    quality of teaching is now consistently good and pupils achieve well. In the majority of lessons, pupils
    behave well and have a real interest in their learning.
  • Middle leaders are effective and take clear responsibility for the progress of pupils. They have been well
    trained and are making a clear impact on the standards that pupils achieve.
  • The progress of all pupils in Years 1-6 is rigorously tracked and, as a result, any pupils identified as falling
    behind are quickly identified and given appropriate support. One example of this is the way that the
    school has used the pupil premium funding. The progress of all eligible pupils is now good because of the
    extensive support that is provided.
  • The curriculum is particularly effective in providing pupils with a range of exciting opportunities. The
    school’s aim is to find and develop the strengths and talents in every pupil. Pupils have the opportunity to
    be taught by specialist teachers in art, Spanish, physical education and music. Pupils say that they really
    enjoy the range of interesting visits and visitors. For example, for the topic on Romans, pupils visited the
    British museum. As one pupil said, ’It brings a subject to life when you dress up as a Roman citizen and
    see all the things that the Romans used every day.’ These experiences contribute well to pupils’ spiritual,
    moral, social and cultural development.
  • Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain. There are well-planned opportunities for pupils to learn
    about the rules of law and democracy. The school fosters good relations by teaching pupils about
    individual liberty and respect for all. The school promotes equality of opportunity well and discrimination
    of any kind is not tolerated. Pupils celebrate the range of different languages that are spoken at the
  • Primary PE and sports funding is well used. There is an effective partnership with Crystal Palace Football
    Club where specialist sports coaches have had a positive impact, both in sports and academic work. There
    are now over 18 sports clubs that are run by the school and the majority of pupils participate. Pupils have
    been successful at both borough and district competitions. The school will be representing the borough in
    the London Youth Games in gymnastics. Dance is also well promoted and pupils participated in an event
    at the New Wimbledon Theatre. All of these activities contribute well to pupils’ well-being and developing
    healthy lifestyles.
  • The local authority has provided effective ’light-touch’ support to this school. It has supported the
    provision for helping those who speak English as an additional language. It has also supported the early
    years provision.
  • Parents are highly complimentary about the school and most would recommend the school to another
    parent. Many parents praised the open and supportive atmosphere, and said that they are well informed
    about their child’s progress.
  • The school has effective arrangements for safeguarding that meet statutory requirements. There are
    careful arrangements for ensuring that children are protected and kept secure. All staff are checked
  • The governance of the school:
    The governing body challenges the school well so that improvements continue to be made. It has a
    clear understanding of the school’s strengths and how to accomplish what needs to be done to improve.
    Governors know how well the school is doing when compared against other schools. They have had
    training in understanding the performance data of the school. As a result, they can challenge the school
    effectively for the standards that pupils achieve.
    Governors come into school regularly and often attend staff training. They are very well aware of the
    challenging targets that are set for teachers regarding the progress of the pupils in their class. They
    have a good understanding of the quality of teaching in the school and reward good teachers with pay
    increases. They are aware of the procedures that leaders follow should they need to tackle any teacher
    under- performance.
The behaviour and safety of pupils are good
  • The behaviour of pupils is good.
  • Pupils are polite to staff and each other when around the school. They routinely stand back for others to
    go through doors. They exhibit good manners when talking to each other.
  • Pupils have good attitude to learning. They are hard-working and proud of their achievements. Work is
    neat and well presented. Behaviour is not outstanding because there are occasional minor disruptions in
  • Spiritual development is fostered by a range of visits to different religious organisations. Pupils are taught
    to think about their moral development and consider the difference between right from wrong.
  • Pupils’ cultural development is good. All pupils have the opportunity to learn an instrument, there is an
    active orchestra and the choir has recently performed in the Royal Albert Hall.
  • Relationships are warm and supportive, and pupils work well together. Residential visits in Year 5 and 6
    help to develop pupils’ social development.
  • The breakfast and after-school clubs provide a valuable resource. Sessions are calm and purposeful, and
    pupils enjoy what is on offer.
  • Attendance is good and pupils are punctual into school.
  • The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is good.
  • Pupils say that they feel safe. They are taught about how to use the internet safely. Numerous
    opportunities are taken to tell pupils about the danger of strangers.
  • Pupils are taught about the importance of travelling safely, especially those who are about to go to
    secondary school.
  • Pupils know and understand about the different types of bullying. They are very knowledgeable about e-
    safety and the possible dangers associated with social networking sites. Pupils say that that bullying is
    rare and they would know who to go to if they had any concerns. School records confirm that there are
    very few incidents of bullying.
  • Parents who responded to the Parent View survey agree that their children are happy, feel safe and well
    looked after.
The quality of teaching is good
  • There is a positive impact of teaching on the achievement of pupils. Teachers use their detailed
    knowledge of how pupils are doing to plan and prepare interesting lessons and activities.
  • The impact of teaching on mathematics is positive and there is a strong focus on ensuring that pupils
    know their times tables and other key facts.
  • Writing is carefully developed. Teachers help pupils understand how sentences are structured. Pupils write
    regularly and this ensures that pupils’ skills are quickly improved.
  • Teaching is not outstanding because teachers do not always have the highest expectations for pupils. In
    reading, for example, Key Stage 2 pupils do not always work as hard as they could because teachers do
    not expect them to. Teaching assistants provide a valuable role in pupils’ learning. They are well briefed
    and support all pupils, including those with disabilities or special educational needs. They help in
    improving the learning of those who speak English as an additional language and give sensitive help while
    at the same time making sure that pupils do not become too dependent on them.
  • Homework is consistently and effectively promoted through the school. This enables pupils to consolidate
    their skills and pursue research for their topics.
  • Teachers’ marking is good and clearly shows pupils what they need to do to improve. Pupils have enough
    time to respond to teachers’ comments.
  • Staff use wall displays well to celebrate pupils’ achievements. In classes, displays provide a good reference
    for pupils to check their numeracy and literacy skills.
The achievement of pupils is good
  • Pupils make good progress from their starting points and leave at the end of Year 6 with standards that
    are above the national average in writing and mathematics, and in line with the national average in
  • In Key Stage 1, pupils make good progress. They achieve above the national average in the Year 1
    phonics reading check. By the end of Year 2, pupils attain significantly above the national average in
    reading, writing and mathematics. This is because the quality of teaching is good and teachers know
    exactly where each pupil is in their learning.
  • As pupils move through the years in Key Stage 2, progress continues to be strong in both writing and
    mathematics. However, fewer pupils than the national average make better than expected progress in
    reading in Key Stage 2.
  • Disadvantaged pupils make good progress from their different starting points when compared to other
    pupils nationally. In 2014 in reading, disadvantaged pupils were over a term behind other pupils in the
    school and other pupils nationally. In writing, disadvantaged pupils were over two terms behind other
    pupils in the school and a term behind other pupils nationally. In mathematics, disadvantaged pupils were
    over three terms behind other pupils in the school and two terms behind other pupils nationally.
  • Gaps between disadvantaged pupils and others in the school are closing rapidly. In many cases,
    disadvantaged pupils are making better progress than their peers. For example, in Year 4, they are
    making better progress in reading, writing and mathematics.
  • With the exception of reading, those who are most able usually do well. In Key Stage 1, pupils attain
    significantly above the national average. In Key Stage 2, they attain in line with the national average in
    reading, and above the national average in writing and mathematics. In 2014, nearly a quarter of all
    pupils attained the highest Level 6 in mathematics.
  • Those who are disabled or who have special educational needs make good progress from their starting
    points because of the quality of assistance that is offered to them. They are well supported in lessons by
    staff, many of whom have received specialist training.
  • Those who speak English as an additional language make good progress. The school tracks their progress
    carefully and ensures that all groups of pupils are well supported to achieve.
The early years provision is good
  • Children join the Nursery with skills that are below those typical for their age, particularly in
    communication and language. They make good progress in both the Nursery and Reception. They leave
    the early years provision with a slightly higher proportion of children compared to national reaching a
    good level of development. This ensures that the majority are ready for learning when they enter Year 1.
    However, boys do not always do as well as girls in the early years provision.
  • There are good relationships and children behave well. They play well together, and are kind and helpful
    towards each other. The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is good. Parents are very happy
    with how well the school ensures that children who are new to the school are helped to settle down. Many
    parents reported that they liked the opportunity they had to talk to teachers informally at the end of the
  • The quality of teaching is good and teachers ensure that children have a range of exciting and interesting
    activities. They create a happy and supportive atmosphere. Teaching assistants offer a good level of
    support. Children’s learning is enhanced by visits that really enthuse children, such as the visit from the
  • Leadership of the early years provision is good because leaders have worked hard with the local authority
    to ensure that the early years provision is strong. Much has been accomplished; however, the tracking of
    children’s progress is not regular or systematic enough to ensure that all children make the best progress.

What inspection judgements mean


Grade Judgement Description
Grade 1 Outstanding An outstanding school is highly effective in delivering outcomes that
provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs. This ensures that pupils
are very well equipped for the next stage of their education, training or
Grade 2 Good A good school is effective in delivering outcomes that provide well for all
its pupils’ needs. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their
education, training or employment.
Grade 3 Requires
A school that requires improvement is not yet a good school, but it is not
inadequate. This school will receive a full inspection within 24 months
from the date of this inspection.
Grade 4 Inadequate A school that requires special measures is one where the school is failing
to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the school’s
leaders, managers or governors have not demonstrated that they have
the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school. This
school will receive regular monitoring by Ofsted inspectors.

A school that has serious weaknesses is inadequate overall and requires
significant improvement but leadership and management are judged to
be Grade 3 or better. This school will receive regular monitoring by

Ofsted inspectors.

School details

Unique reference number 101778
Local authority Croydon
Inspection number 453183

This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.

Type of school Primary
School category Community
Age range of pupils 3–11
Gender of pupils Mixed
Number of pupils on the school roll 538
Appropriate authority The governing body
Chair Josie Harrison
Headteacher Nicky Wright
Date of previous school inspection 24 November 2010
Telephone number 020 8764 4611
Fax number 020 8679 8023
Email address

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