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  • Fenstanton Primary School
    Abbots Park
    Tulse Hill
    SW2 3PW
  • Head: Miss Michelle Bennett
  • T 020 8674 3311
  • F 020 8671 6419
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  • W www.gipsyhillf…
  • A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 3 to 11
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Lambeth
  • Pupils: 642
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Current Ofsted grade: Good on 3rd June 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Inadequate on 23rd March 2012
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What the school says...

Fenstanton Primary School is a 3 form entry school based in Tulse Hill, South London. We joined Gipsy Hill Federation in 2012 and are rated as 'Good' by Ofsted.

We are a thriving three form entry school offering provision for pupils aged 3-11 from a richly diverse community. We are dedicated to delivering the highest quality provision in a safe and engaging learning environment. Our children are immensely proud of our school and their achievements.

We offer a stimulating creative curriculum, delivered by exceptional practitioners, to develop a genuine thirst for knowledge as well as securing those basic skills on which the pupils can continue to develop and apply in later life. We have also received the Basic Skills award recognising the wide range of provision across the school to embed basic skills in maths and literacy. We foster in our children a deep sense of purpose, constantly giving them the opportunities to explore how their learning will apply to their adult working lives. In turn, we raise pupils’ aspirations allowing them to see difficulties as challenges that they can overcome and offer opportunities for them to develop a love and appreciation of the arts in its various forms. We are a future thinking school recognising the need to develop enquiring minds and the influence that science will have on improving our local and global communities, as such, we have invested heavily to develop our science provision and as a result received the Gold Science Quality Mark.


Fenstanton Primary is a nurturing school and we are proactive in removing any barriers that have the potential to hinder our pupils’ progress as such our children make exceptional progress. We have a good home and school partnership, demonstrated by the positive feedback we receive and the progress of our children. Achieving the Inclusion Quality mark is testament to our unwavering commitment to ensuring all children receive the best education possible regardless of their abilities or starting points. We are committed to developing moral purpose and actively promote everything we do in the values of respect, honesty, integrity and responsibility in our pupils, in order to prepare them for life beyond our school gates.

Fenstanton Primary School has been on a journey of rapid improvement over the last 3 years moving from special measures to good within one year of joining the Gipsy Hill Federation leading school improvement. Although we have been graded as good by Ofsted, we are keen to be judged as outstanding. Our continued partnership with our parents and carers will secure this judgement.
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Special Education Needs

Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do at Gipsy Hill Federation. Our aim is to ensure that every child is fully included both academically and socially; and that we meet the needs of all children so that every individual child makes accelerated progress and meets their full potential. Quality First Teaching by the class teacher is at the core of this aim. All planning is therefore differentiated so that all children can fully access the curriculum and make progress at their level. Building on this Quality First Teaching, there is also an additional range of support and expert advice which can be put in place to meet the needs of children with special educational needs or when we identify that a child might be underachieving. If you are concerned about your child, please speak to your child's class teacher and/or the school's SENCo. They will be able to advise you on the range of support available and what would best meet the needs of your child. All support given will be measured according to the aims of the intervention to ensure that it has the desired impact as well as to ensure children are generalising and transferring the skills they learn back to the classroom. All teachers at Gipsy Hill Federation are committed to creative and inclusive learning environments which aim to meet the needs of all pupils. The learning environment incorporates different learning styles, gender, cultural diversity and a variety of interests. Different presentation techniques are used including interactive displays and table-top displays. All our displays include questions and allow the opportunity for the child to engage with the display. We strive to find a balance between aids that support the children with their learning eg number lines and key vocabulary, but also to ensure we allow opportunities to celebrate the children’s own work and learning by displaying it clearly and prominently in their classroom and around the school environment. Our classrooms incorporate opportunities to display a balance of all areas of the curriculum and displays are regularly changed and updated. For children with specific needs the learning environment may include their own timetable, a now and next support grid, or an established area of the classroom with their own work station. Following a very successful Inclusion Quality Mark assessment at Kingswood, Elm Wood, Paxton and Glenbrook in February 2015, these schools have now been confirmed as IQM Centres of Excellence.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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