A profile of the school
St Anselm's School was founded by the Sisters of La Retraite and from 1965 to 2000, the school was maintained through a partnership between its trustees and the local education authority as a ‘voluntary aided school’. In 2002 the Sisters of La Retraite handed over site ownership and trusteeship of the school to the Archdiocese of Southwark.
At present, each year group has a spacious classroom and pupils have access to an ICT suite, kitchen, resource room, music room and a large hall. The school has a hard playground with an astroturf pitch and gardens with separate play-areas for the Early Years and Key Stage One pupils.
St Anselm’s is a primary school for girls and boys from culturally diverse backgrounds unified by their Catholic faith. The governors and staff consistently seek to meet the challenges of their responsibilities and to build on the school’s success. St Anselm’s was inspected by Ofsted in 2006 and 2009. In both inspections, the school was judged to be outstanding. Some extracts from the 2009 report:
St Anselm's Catholic Primary is an outstanding school, where pupils thrive academically and personally.
All the staff work together as a strong team. The new headteacher has successfully ensured that very high standards have been maintained.
Behaviour in lessons and around the school is outstanding, and pupils have an extremely good awareness of how to keep safe.
Consistently effective teaching and warm, caring relationships ensure that pupils have very positive attitudes to learning. They thoroughly enjoy school, as their consistently outstanding attendance reflects.
Pupils of all abilities are set challenging targets, which they generally achieve or exceed, so that by the time they leave, their achievement in relation to their starting points is outstanding.
Equality of opportunity is very strongly promoted…pupils who receive additional help with their learning make similarly outstanding gains as a result of the specific support they receive.
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is extremely good… pupils are extremely well prepared for the next stage in their education.
The school has achieved the Activemark award and specialist sports coaching, inter-school sports competitions, and cycling proficiency for older pupils, effectively ensures that pupils have very positive attitudes to keeping fit and healthy, and know how to stay safe
In the Section 48 (RE) Inspection in 2009, St Anselm’s School was judged to be outstanding in all categories.