Davington Primary School


Name Davington Primary School
Website http://www.davington.kent.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 September 2013
Address Priory Row, Davington, Faversham, Kent, ME13 7EQ
Phone Number 01795532401
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 413 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.5
Percentage Free School Meals 11.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.1%

Information about this school

This is a larger-than-average-sized primary school. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, there are two Reception classes. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils receiving support from the pupil premium funding, which is the extra government support for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, looked after children and those from service families, is average. In this school it relates to pupils who are known to qualify for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs at school action, school action plus, or who have a statement of special educational needs is above average. 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 a good school. Pupils’ achievement is good. A large majority of pupils make good progress from their individual starting points across all year groups. Children in Reception make an excellent start because they enjoy good quality experiences within a purposeful learning setting. Teaching is good and some is outstanding. Teachers use resources effectively to make learning interesting for pupils so that they deepen their understanding. Pupils who are disabled and those with special educational needs make particularly good progress because of the tailored support provided for them which is effectively delivered by other adults in the classroom. Behaviour is good and pupils feel safe in school. Pupils are courteous and friendly and are enthusiastic about learning and are keen to work with each other. Attendance is above average. The headteacher and school leaders have significantly improved the school since the previous inspection. Robust approaches for tracking and monitoring teaching and learning have led to improvements in the quality of teaching and pupils’ progress. The governing body has a clear understanding of how to secure continued improvements across the school. It is very competent in ensuring there is a rigorous focus on meeting the needs of all pupils. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils do not have sufficient opportunities to apply their numeracy skills to solve problems. Teachers do not always adjust tasks to ensure pupils of average ability are effectively challenged. Planning does not always provide time for pupils to talk about their learning to enable them to become more independent in their work.