Kensington Avenue Primary School’s standards of teaching and pupil behaviour have impressed Ofsted inspectors enough for the school to receive a ‘good’ rating.
Previous inspections had indicated improvements were needed in a number of areas, but, following a recent visit, Ofsted has confirmed how hard work and a clear vision from staff and governors has paid off. With help from the Council, Kensington has developed a strong leadership team who, the Ofsted inspectors noted, ‘have established a school where pupils are keen to succeed.’
The report also highlighted how teachers now successfully encourage and motivate children of different abilities and also create an environment where ‘pupils are polite, friendly, and keen to learn.’
Head Teacher, Clare Cranham, said: “As well as praise for teaching staff I’m delighted the inspectors also recognised how our pupils’ enthusiasm and confidence has increased and how this is reflected in their attainment. We always welcome feedback from Ofsted, and we agreed with their comments about how we could still do more to set challenging work for more able pupils. We’re already addressing this by looking to find new ways of helping children fully master maths and literacy skills.”
The school has also been listening to what children themselves want, and, as a result, there are plans for more ‘deep learning’ days where classes use practical experiences to focus on key writing skills. Clare added that attendance had also been addressed since earlier inspections. She said: “We’re working hard to get every child to be an ‘attendance H-E-R-O’: Here, Every day, Ready and On time. We know there are a small number of families who need more encouragement to ensure their children come to school regularly, and this is high on our list of priorities.”
The Council’s school improvements team works with schools across the borough to help raise standards. Councillor Alisa Flemming, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Learning, said, “Croydon now has more good and outstanding schools than ever before, and the academic results being achieved in the borough are improving every year. I’m delighted Kensington Avenue has joined the ranks of Ofsted’s ‘good’ rated schools, and I’m sure with a little more work they can achieve an outstanding rating in the future.”