Sydenham Primary School


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Calder Walk
Leamington Spa
CV31 1SA
4 - 11
Community school
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The school is slightly larger than the average-sized primary school. The number of pupils on roll has increased by 40% in the last four years. There are two classes in each year group from Reception up to Year 2. There is one class in each year group in Key Stage 2. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught full time in two Reception classes. The Sydenham Children’s Centre and the Purple Playhouse, a pre-school nursery, share the same site. Both are managed separately from the school and were not inspected as part of this inspection. The ‘Early Birds’ breakfast club and the ‘Butterflies’ after-school club are managed by the governing body. Both clubs were included in this inspection. The specially resourced provision for pupils with special educational needs (the specific learning difficulties unit), which was operating at the time of the previous inspection, is now closed. About one half of pupils are White British. About one quarter of pupils are of Indian heritage. The remaining pupils come from a variety of minority ethnic backgrounds. Some pupils in the younger agegroups are at an early stage of speaking English as an additional language. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium, which is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those looked after by the local authority, is slightly below average at one in five. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above average at one in four. The school formed a ‘hard’ federation with Lighthorne Heath Primary School in September 2010. Lighthorne Heath was separately inspected in September 2012. The two schools share a governing body and members of the senior leadership team work across the two schools. The executive headteacher is a National Leader of Education (NLE). In this capacity she works for the local authority as an associate learning improvement officer, giving support to schools that were judged ‘Requiring improvement’ or ‘Satisfactory’ at their most recent Ofsted inspection. The school is a designated National College Development School, in recognition of its work in training staff to undertake leadership positions. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6.

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This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

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  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

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