St George’s Church of England Primary School has gone extra mile to improve teaching and pupil outcomes

29 May 2018

When Ofsted visited St George's CoE Primary School they found significant improvements since its last inspection in 2017 and rated the school as ‘Good’ in every area of their inspection.

The Camberwell school has seen the proportion of children who reach a good level of development continue to rise. Key stage one pupils were found to be making increasingly good progress and phonics teaching was particularly effective. Inspectors found that even the youngest children could use phonics well when trying to spell new words.

Inspectors also praised the creativity of teachers for making demanding lessons engaging for their pupils, the report highlighted “The imaginative tasks planned by teachers make strong links across subjects to strengthen pupils’ learning. For example, when learning how to use apostrophes, pupils wrote about the properties of leaves from different trees.”

St George’s pupils told inspectors that they felt safe in school. Pupils said there was no bullying at St George’s because they all respect each other; the report also noted that “Kindness is important to pupils. They insist no one would ever be lonely in the playground because others would always look after them.”

The diversity and inclusivity of St George’s curriculum was also remarked upon with inspectors stating that, “the curriculum offers plenty of opportunities to challenge stereotypes. For example, during science week, pupils learned about female and minority ethnic scientists and wrote about their lives in great detail.”

The report also highlighted the school’s focus on art and music, noting how the local authority music provision worked well within the school. Inspectors also noted “Through this high-calibre teaching, pupils will be more than ready to play at the Royal Festival Hall later in the year.”

Cllr Jasmine Ali, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Adult Care said: “It is fantastic to see that the creative approaches teachers have taken to engage their pupils have been recognised by Ofsted. This report highlights the care and dedication of teachers, the senior leadership team and the Headteacher have for improving the development of their pupils both academically and personally. Very well done to everyone at St George’s and I look forward to hearing more of your successes in the future.”

St George’s Headteacher Andrew Rojas said: “I have been enormously impressed with so many aspects of the school since I arrived and it is wonderful to see these reflected in this report. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the whole team of staff and governors who have displayed a fantastic level of hard work, dedication and commitment in order to ensure that we provide the best possible opportunities for the children of St George’s C of E Primary School. We look forward to continuing to build on this very positive report and to ensure we continue to provide the very best possible education and care for your children, both now and in the future.”

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