Elliott Park School

Name Elliott Park School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 07 November 2017
Address 18-20 Marina Drive, Minster-on-Sea, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 2DP
Phone Number 01795873372
Type Independent
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 63 (42% boys 58% girls)
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Elliott Park School is a small, non-selective independent primary school. It opened in 1985, moving into its current, purpose-built premises in 1986. The nursery class was established in September 2011. The school currently has no pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. The headteacher and deputy headteacher worked at the school when it was last inspected, but were not in their present roles. They took up their current posts in September 2015, when the previous headteacher retired. There have been several changes of staff since the last inspection. Four members of staff joined the school in September 2017. There is a sole proprietor, who has been in place since before the last inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Leaders’ evaluations of the school’s strengths and weaknesses are not sufficiently focused on teaching, learning and progress. As a result, priorities for improvement are not identified sharply enough. Leaders do not check carefully the quality of teaching within the school. Teachers are not held firmly to account for the difference their work makes to pupils’ achievement. Pupils do not make consistently good progress throughout their time at the school. While most achieve at least age-related expectations by the end of Year 6, they do not always achieve the high standards of which they are capable, especially in reading and writing. The quality of teaching across the school, including across the early years foundation stage, is variable. Opportunities to develop staff expertise through training and support are underdeveloped. Although children are typically well prepared physically, socially and emotionally for key stage 1 learning, their literacy and numeracy skills are less well developed by the end of the early years foundation stage. The school has the following strengths Staff and the proprietor are deeply committed to the school and its pupils. They work hard to provide a safe and happy learning environment that encourages pupils to develop as individuals. The high quality of provision in the Nursery class provides children with an excellent start to their learning journey. Leaders make good use of limited resources to ensure that pupils enjoy a suitably broad and varied curriculum. This prepares pupils well for secondary school and for becoming responsible British citizens. Staff know pupils well and care for them effectively. Pupils feel safe and understand how to keep themselves safe. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.