St Aidan’s VC Primary School is in a socially mixed and vibrant area between Finsbury Park and Crouch End in north London. The school site is small but we make the most of the facilities we have and take advantage of those in the local area. The playground has a ball court, a large open area and a climbing frame. We have a pond and a fruit and vegetable garden that includes an outdoor classroom. The separate nursery has its own well stocked play area.
There is a strong sense of community and a happy atmosphere. Parents are closely involved with the school and we have a very active parent-school association. We offer a broad and exciting curriculum with good ICT facilities. We are in the top 20% of schools adding value to children’s education.
In July 2007 we were awarded an overall ‘outstanding’ grade by Ofsted; the report begins:
‘St Aidan’s is an outstanding school. In the words of one parent, ‘Even though the school is small, it seems to work really hard to have a rich and diverse range of activities and opportunities for the children – really impressed!’ Most parents share this view. The school is successful because it is very well led and managed. Pupils behave well both in and out of lessons, enjoy school and contribute well to both the school and wider community. The importance of making healthy eating choices and taking regular exercise is well understood and pupils have a genuine concern for others.
‘Achievement is outstanding. Throughout the Foundation Stage, pupils achieve well and make an excellent start to their education. Until this year, pupils’ progress slowed in Years 1 and 2 but, because of effective measures put in place by the Headteacher, achievement is now good. Excellent progress is made between Years 3 and 6 because of the outstanding teaching pupils receive and an outstanding curriculum which is flexible and highly enriched.’