Cobham Primary School

Name Cobham Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 14 November 2012
Address The Street, Cobham, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 3BN
Phone Number 01474814373
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 220 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.6
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 3.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.3%
Persisitent Absence 1.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

This is an average sized primary school. The pupils are taught in seven classes. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who are disabled and those who have special educational needs is well below average. The number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is well below the national average and very few pupils are eligible for the additional pupil premium funding. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The drive, enthusiasm and vision of the headteacher have transformed the school from a good, high-achieving school into an outstanding one. As a result, leaders, staff, pupils and parents and carers are rightly proud of the school and fully committed to its motto of, ‘Caring, Proud, Successful’. The outstanding quality of teaching and learning in the Reception class means that Cobham children get off to an excellent start. This is built on so that, in each key stage, pupils make very good progress and become excellent readers, writers and mathematicians. The strong emphasis on developing a wide range of interests and talents means that pupils also achieve very well in other subjects such as science, music, physical education, humanities and the arts. Overall, therefore, pupils’ achievement is outstanding. Over time and across the school, the quality of teaching is outstanding. The great majority of lessons are carefully planned to build on earlier learning, spark pupils’ interest and challenge them to push themselves that little bit further every day. Teachers and teaching assistants use good questioning to check how well pupils are learning, help them understand, make connections between different ideas and use what they already know to make leaps in their learning. Pupils’ behaviour and safety are outstanding. Excellent personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is at the heart of the school’s success and underpins all of the school’s strengths. Each member of the relatively new senior team is an outstanding teacher and this means that consistently excellent practice is distributed throughout the school. Careful planning for leaders’ professional development means that they are well prepared and are making an increasingly strong contribution to leadership and management. Under the very skilful direction of the headteacher, including rigorous monitoring, high expectations and sharp focus on pupils’ achievement, the quality of teaching and education as a whole have improved significantly since the last inspection.