More on Ofsted’s Norbury Manor Primary good/outstanding ratings

Croydon Council has issued the following press release.

Staff, governors and pupils at Norbury Manor Primary school are celebrating after Ofsted judged the school to be ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ early years provision.

Ofsted attributed the high standards at the school in Abingdon Road, Norbury, to the focused and effective leadership of the new headteacher, governors and senior leaders, with their hard work and clear vision truly paying off.   Inspectors found that the headteacher has created a dynamic, enthusiastic and effective team of senior leaders who are ‘ambitious for the school and its community’ and this has ‘clearly rubbed off on pupils.’

Ofsted highlighted how teachers ‘give pupils advice which is effective and ensures they make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics.’  The school values ‘underpin school life’ – pupils know what these mean and how to demonstrate them in their everyday lives.  Pupils vote for school councillors and a head boy and head girl, helping them understand the principles of democracy and ensuring their views are heard. For example, pupils had the final say in choosing the new catering company.  The school also celebrates the diversity of its community, helping pupils appreciate life in modern Britain.

The teaching of phonics at Norbury Manor is a particular strength. Teachers challenge and motivate pupils to try their hardest and this helps them make strong gains in their learning.  This is confirmed by recent KS1 and KS2 results, which show a very rapid improvement in phonics. Ofsted also found that pupils who have special education needs and/or disabilities make good progress and outcomes for disadvantaged pupils are good. The behaviour and attendance of pupils is good, and the children are kind and courteous. They have positive attitudes to learning and they say they feel safe and enjoy coming to school.

There is a calm and harmonious atmosphere in the ‘outstanding’ early year’s provision and children make really strong progress from their starting points in all areas of learning. The early years staff work as an exceptionally cohesive and effective team, and children are particularly kind and generous for their age. They have a range of exciting and stimulating activities that engage and interest them, and are designed to help them develop as many skills as possible.

Headteacher Sonia Potter said: ‘Our priority is to ensure that our pupils receive an excellent education in a nurturing environment that encourages our pupils to Make Every Moment Count. I am very proud to be part of the Norbury Manor Primary team who were delighted to receive a rating of good with an outstanding early years provision.  I would also like to congratulate the children for their fantastic part in the judgement and thank all the parents/carers for the positive feedback they gave the inspectors. ”

Chair of Governors, Cllr Maggie Mansell, said “I am immensely proud of the staff, the governors and the children of Norbury Manor. They have all worked so hard, focusing on what needed to be done to achieve good outcomes. We are on a journey to outstanding.”

Cllr Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “Well done to everyone at Norbury Manor Primary School. A good education is one of the most important things we can offer children and young people to ensure they have the best possible start in life. It’s great to see another Croydon school delivering.”.

School website:

Ofsted link:






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Pantomine 9 December

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Love Norbury Xmas Fayre 26 November

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Norbury events & news at 20 November

For Croydon wide events, news and issues see:

Voting for Love Norbury for Aviva funding closes midday Tuesday 21 November

Friday 24 November. 9am. Norbury Manor Primary School Open Day

Saturday 25 November. Love Norbury Xmas Fayre

See next posting.

Saturday 2 December. 10am-12noon. Coffee morning.

Organised by Norbury Green Residents Association

Norbury Library, Beatrice Ave. All welcome.

Saturday 2 December. 11 am- 3 pm Christmas Bazaar

Norbury Methodist Church,  Pollards Hill North

Saturday 2 December. 11am-4pm. St Oswald’s Christmas Fair 

Gifts, Books, Toys, Hot Lunches, Home-made cakes, Christmas Decorations, Lucky Raffles and much more

St Oswald’s Church Hall, St Oswald’s Road, SW16 3SB

Saturday 9 December. 11am. Norbury Manor Primary School Open Day


Crime Statistics 6 – 14 November

Burglary residential (1), commercial burglary (1) and robbery (1), common assault (3), criminal damage (1) and of vehicle (1), and theft of (3) and from (1) motor vehicle (1).

Norbury Politics

Norbuy split into two wards

Norbury ward is being divided into two wards by the national Boundary Commission: Norbury and Pollards Hill and Norbury Park (north of railway line with effect for the spring local Council elections.) Part of Upper Norwood Ward is coming into Norbury Park ward.

Norbury Prospective Councillors

Both major political parties have now selected with prospective candidates for the local elections

  • Norbury Park: Labour Councillors Alisa Fleming and Sherwen Chowdury; Conservatives Ola Kolade and Blake O’Donnell.
  • Norbury and Pollards Hill: Labour Councillors Maggie Mansel & Shafi Khan ; Conservatives Calum Bardsley and Mike Mogul.

A large number of Conservatives were out talking to residents in Norbury on Saturday 18 November.

Norbury’s MP Steve Reed

Norbury is in Croydon North with Labour’s Steve Reed as MP. To keep up-to—date with what our MP is doing go to:

Croydon North Labour Fundraiser – Call Mr Robeson – 24 November

Croydon North Constituency Labour Party has a fundraising event on Friday 24 November at Stanley Halls – the Call Mr Robeson show by Tayo Aluko, a one man show telling the story of the singer, actor, film star,  and anti-fascist, black civil rights and peace campaigner Paul Robeson, who lived many years in Britain in the 1930s. For further details and to book go to

Norbury’s Greater London Authority Member Steve O’Connell

Norbury’s Greater London Authority member is Steve O’Connell, a Conservative who is also a Croydon Councillor.

He praised Steve Reed as a good MP at the recent Love Norbury AGM.

Planning Applications

343 Green Lane, 17/04826/HSE. Alterations to side boundary wall, gates and increase in height of garage door.

6 Hollies Close, 17/05646/HSE. Alterations and use of garage as habitable room: erection of single storey rear extension and dormer extension in rear roof slope

1497 London Road, 17/05471/FUL. Alterations and use of first floor as two studio flats

1516 London Road (Police Station), 17/05590/DISC. Discharge of condition 4, which states  ‘4. No above ground works on site shall commence until details of materials including a material sample board of external facing materials, typical details of the material buildup in sections from roof to ground showing key interfaces between material transitions, including balconies has been submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority in writing. Drawings submitted shall include those at 1:20 and 1:10 The development shall only be implemented in accordance with such approved details. Reason: To ensure that the appearance of the development is satisfactory in accordance with Policy UD3 of the Croydon Replacement Unitary Development Plan (The Croydon Plan) 2006 Saved Policies 2013’

238 Norbury Avenue, 17/05234/FUL. Erection or rear dormer window and installation of three rooflights to front roof slope; conversion of resulting building to provide 1 x two bed flat and 1 x three bed flat.

33 Norbury Court Road, Ground Floor Flat, 17/05376/FUL. Formation of vehicular access.

17 Norbury Hill, 17/04870/HSE. Erection of single storey rear extension




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Norbury Manor Primary Open Days 24 November & 9 December

Open Day

Following the Good grading by Ofsted with Outstanding in Reaky Years, the School is having two Open for local residents to come and see the School for themselves.

Please help advertise these Open Days by sharing this webpage link or downloading and emailing the flier in this file

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The Ofsted report is now on its website aas at PDF downloadable at:







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Knitters display giant poppy on Armistice Remembrance Saturday

The Knitting Norbury Together group mounted their gigantic red poppy at the British Legion memorial plaque on London Rd on Saturday, the 99th Anniversary of the first Armistice Remembrance Day.

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The red poppy was inspired by the poem In Flanders Fields, by the Canadian soldier doctor poet  Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.

The white poppy was adopted by the inter-war peace movement, and today are distributed by the Peace Pledge Union.

It symbolises  remembrance for all victims of war, a commitment to peace and a challenge to attempts to glamorise or celebrate war.

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Norbury Manor a GOOD SCHOOL and OUTSTANDING in Early Years – Ofsted

OUTSTANDING in Early Years and GOOD through the whole school is the verdict of the Ofsted Inspectors about Norbury Manor Primary School published this week based on a visit just before the half-term holiday.

 Overall effectiveness Good
Effectiveness of leadership and management Good
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good
Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good
Outcomes for pupils Good
Early years provision Outstanding

This is a vindication of the hard work the staff, children and Governors have made since the Ofsted 2015 visit report said that the school needed to improve.

There will a continuing process of ensuring that the designation ‘good’ moves to ‘outstanding’ in every category.


Key points making it a GOOD SCHOOL

Ofsted says:

  • ‘The focused and effective leadership of the new headteacher, governors and senior leaders has led to improvements across the school.’
  • ‘The quality of teaching has improved and is now good. Teachers use what they know about pupils to plan work that meets their needs well.’
  • ‘Children get off to an exceptionally good start in the early years. Adults provide stimulating activities that engage and interest children. As a result, children make rapid progress across all areas of learning.’
  • Pupils are kind and courteous. They have positive attitudes to learning. They say they feel safe and enjoy coming to school.’
  • ‘Pupils are motivated to come to school. They feel safe because they trust adults to deal with any concerns they have.’
  • ‘Teachers give pupils advice which is effective and ensures that they make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics.’
  • ‘Planning in reading, writing and mathematics is detailed and leads to pupils developing key skills.’

What does the school need to do to improve further?

Ofsted says that the school needs to:

‘Improve outcomes in other subjects so that they are as strong as those in English and mathematics by ensuring that:

  • middle leaders continue to receive training and development so that they have a greater impact on improving teaching, learning and assessment in their subjects
  • planning focuses on the development of skills as well as knowledge
  • the guidance teachers give is as helpful as it is in reading, writing and mathematics.’

It is unusual for Ofsted reports to only make one recommendation. This recommendation is very supportive as the Governors and leadership team have been working on this with the adoption of a curriculum plan across all subject areas. Ofsted recognises this when it says:

  • ‘A comprehensive curriculum is in place. English and mathematics schemes of work have been revised to underpin pupils’ rapid progress. In the wider curriculum, topics are well planned, with themes often linked to key texts. This strategy ensures that pupils can practise their reading and writing skills across subjects.’
  • ‘Good links are made between different subjects.’
  • ‘There is a high level of consistency in how lessons are taught, which means pupils are confident with routines and expectations and respond well.’

The wider development of pupils as rounded citizens 

Ofsted also commends the school for developing pupils as round citizens.

  • ‘The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well. The school’s values of resilience, empathy, scholarship, peace, excellence, community and thankfulness underpin school life. Pupils know what these mean and how to demonstrate them in their everyday lives.’
  • ‘Pupils vote for school councillors and a head boy and head girl, which helps them understand the principles of democracy. These representatives ensure that pupils’ views are heard’.
  • ‘Pupils have positive attitudes to their work and take pride in their school. The school motto, ‘Learners today, leaders tomorrow; make every moment count’, inspires them to want to learn.’

The news about Ofsted’s report is on the School website at

In a few days you can click to see the full report when Ofsted puts it on its website.

Comment. As a Governor appointed after the 2015 Inspection I am delighted with the progress made and the way that Governors have been able to develop a more rounded approach to what the children learn across all the subjects.  Using my experience giving presentations to classes on topic and school wide themes such as Romans, Victorians, Rain Forests, Black History Month, International Women’s Day, and Remembrance, the two consultations with Year 6 classes on libraries (2016) and parks (2017), and supporting the work of the School Council, I hope to be able to help further develop the curriculum on the lines recommended by Ofsted. – Sean Creighton.

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