Connect Schools Academy Trust

SCHOOL CONTEXT

Crofton Infant and Junior Schools are situated in a beautiful spot of Petts Wood and serve the local community.  Both schools are highly oversubscribed and the catchment area for intake rarely goes out further than 0.8 miles.  We are exceptionally proud of our recent OFSTED inspection in March 2016 where Crofton Infants was graded as Outstanding in all areas.

The Infant school has 558 pupils on roll aged between 4 and 7 which includes 18 children who access our severe and complex specialist provision unit.  The Junior School has 715 pupils on roll aged between 7 to 11.

The schools offers a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum covering all areas of the National Curriculum and our aim is to promote learning that meets the needs, interests and abilities of all children. The schools have maintained results significantly above the national expectation at the end of Reception and Key stage 1 and 2 for a number of years.

We offer excellent standards of care, guidance and support and a high-quality learning environment to support all learners equally.  We have high expectations of all and provide children with suitably challenging learning opportunities where they can acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to be successful in the next stage of their learning. We value experiences that enable our children to improve their resilience, perseverance and independence as learners and encourage, even our youngest children, to take risks and to be proud of their efforts. 

The schools have high expectations with regards to attendance, which is outstanding.  The schools rigorously monitor pupil absence, and promote good attendance through assemblies, first day absence calls and working with the parents and Educational Welfare Officer. 

Infant School (October 2016)

  • 76% of our children are from White British backgrounds
  • 24% of our children are from other ethnic backgrounds
  • 12% of our pupils' first language is not English
  • 3% of pupils are entitled to receive free school meals
  • 6% of pupils receive pupil premium funding
  • 8% have an Education, Health and Care Plan/Statement

Junior School (October 2016)

  • 76% of our children are from White British backgrounds
  • 24% of our children are from other ethnic backgrounds
  • 8% of our pupils' first language is not English
  • 5% of pupils are entitled to receive free school meals
  • 14% of pupils receive pupil premium funding
  • 1% have an Education, Health and Care Plan/Statement

The formation of Crofton Schools Academy Trust

In September 2012 the Crofton Schools Academy Trust was formed and the Head Teacher of Crofton Junior School was appointed Executive Head Teacher of the Trust.  Each school is led by a Head Teacher supported by a team of Assistant Head Teachers.  All staff in both schools are employees of the Trust, which has given greater flexibility of resources and places the schools in a stronger position to build capacity for the future.  In September 2013 a new Executive Head Teacher was appointed to the trust.

The schools work in partnership to achieve the same ethos and initiatives thus ensuring there is a smooth transition for children moving from the infant to junior school.

The school has entered into a number of partnerships focusing on school improvement including the Warren Road Teaching Alliance.  The Trust has also developed its own comprehensive NQT training programme which is co-ordinated by a Lead Practitioner.

Pupils across the school are offered a range of extra-curricular activities to widen their interests and try new experiences. Our pupils engage enthusiastically in all the diverse sporting, artistic and cultural activities that we offer.  Crofton Schools Academy Trust has a school-led breakfast and after school childcare provision operating out of both schools. 

The schools offer a warm and stimulating learning environment and achieve extremely high standards of performance and behaviour.