Applegarth Academy


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Bygrove Fieldway
New Addington
3 - 11
Academy sponsor led mainstream
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The separate junior and infant predecessor schools joined together and converted to become Applegarth Academy on 1 April 2013. When the junior part of the academy, Applegarth Junior School, was last inspected by Ofsted in June 2012 it was judged to be good overall. Prior to this it had been in special measures. Applegarth Infant School was inspected in September 2009 and was judged to be satisfactory overall. The current headteacher was appointed to lead the academy in September 2013, having been interim headteacher in the infant school for the summer term of 2012. The academy is a member of the Striving Together for Excellence in Partnership (STEP) Academy Trust, which was set up in May 2011. Prior to converting the junior and infant schools into its group, it had a memorandum of understanding with the governors of the junior school to support the school during its time in special measures. This is a larger-than-average-sized primary school. The early years is made up of a Nursery, which most children attend part time, and two Reception classes, which pupils attend full time. There are two classes in each of the remaining year groups. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups and those for whom English is spoken as an additional language is twice the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is well above the national average. The number of pupils with education or health care plans is high. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils eligible for the pupil premium is over twice the national average. This is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and looked after children. The school took over the Croydon Speech and Language Centre, now called the school’s Enhanced Learning Provision (ELP), in 2013. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6. Over 30% of pupils in Year 6 joined the school at times other than in Reception. This group of pupils have experienced six different leadership teams as they have moved through the school. The school runs a daily breakfast and after-school club managed by the governing body.

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