Cherry Orchard Primary School

Rectory Field Crescent
Marlborough Lane

Head:  Mrs Maria Hill

Pupils: 250

Gender: Mixed

Ages: 3 to 11

Type: Community school

Boarding: No

Religion: Does not apply

School Description by Ofsted

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This is an average-sized primary school with a few more girls than boys.

Pupils can join this school either at age three or four. At age three they can go into the Nursery class, either in the morning or in the afternoon. They can also join the Nursery full time. This year there are 10 full-time children. Pupils represent many ethnic groups. They make up more than half of the pupils on roll. The largest group is Black African pupils, making up about three quarters of all pupils on roll. Nearly a quarter of pupils are White British and over a tenth are from Other White backgrounds. Other groups are quite small.

More than two thirds of pupils speak English as an additional language.

A quarter of the pupils have special educational needs. This proportion is above the national average.

The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium grant is well above the national average. More than half the pupils are eligible. In this school the grant is used to provide support for pupils eligible for free school meals and children looked after by the local authority.

The school meets the government's floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress in mathematics, reading and writing.

The school works with some 27 partnerships, for example with Goldsmith University to deliver school- based training, and with Charlton Athletic Football Club which delivers anti-bullying workshops.

All managers and subject leaders participate in many clusters of schools in the local authority and play a leading role in several. For example, the senior managers stepped in to take the reins of Linton Mead Primary School about 18 months ago. They continued to coach and support the new headteacher at that school until recently. The headteacher is a Local Leader of Education. The deputy headteacher sits on the statementing panel in the local authority and the local Safeguarding Board. Other staff deliver training in many areas of learning to other schools across the borough and beyond. For example, the special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) delivers school-to-school phonics training across the south east of England and Closing the Gap project across London boroughs.

The school has obtained many awards for high achievement, for example: the Mayor of London School's Gold Club for the last two years; and the 2014 £1,000 prize from the Minister of State for Schools, the Right Honourable David Laws, in the Key Stage 2 category of the Pupil Premium Awards 2015, for being one of the most improved schools in the country for the attainment of disadvantaged pupils since 2011.

Progress 8 Score - Reading

Confidence interval is -3.4 to 1

Progress 8 Score - Writing

Confidence interval is -3 to 1.2

Progress 8 Score -

Confidence interval is -1.9 to 2.1



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