Borough Green Primary School

Name Borough Green Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 June 2014
Address School Approach, Borough Green, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 8JZ
Phone Number 01732883459
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 297 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.8
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 9.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.7%
Persisitent Absence 12.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The school has experienced significant changes in leadership in the last year, including the appointment of a new head teacher. The school meets the government’s current floor standards ,which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ learning and progress. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for additional funding is lower than average. The government provides this to support pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportions of pupils from minority ethnic groups and those who speak English as an additional language are well below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs that are supported at school action is below average, as is the proportion that is supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. A nursery, run by the school, provides pre-school education for babies and children up to four years old. The school runs breakfast and after-school clubs.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher, other leaders and governors have worked effectively to raise standards. They have a clear understanding of what needs to be done to further improve teaching and learning. They acted quickly and effectively to raise standards when Key Stage 2 examination results dipped last year. Pupils are given a good start in the nursery and Early Years Foundation Stage and continue to make good progress throughout the school. Standards in reading are high and in mathematics are improving strongly. Standards of writing are high. Teachers have high expectations. Pupils respond enthusiastically and take a pride in their school and their achievements. The school environment is safe and welcoming. Pupils’ behaviour is good and they manage their own behaviour well, helping each other to learn. The quality of teaching is good. Teachers plan stimulating activities which motivate and excite pupils to learn. The strong leadership of the headteacher and the governors ensures that staff and pupils work together to raise achievement. The leadership checks the quality of subject leadership rigorously. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Although examination results historically have been high, standards slipped in 2013, especially in mathematics. Standards were well below national standards in the new spelling punctuation and grammar test, especially for boys. Although most teaching is good, in some classes teachers do not always encourage pupils to reach the highest standards of which they are capable. Changes in middle leadership have not yet had time to raise standards in all areas.