Haddon Dene School

Name Haddon Dene School
Website http://www.haddondene.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 November 2017
Address 57 Gladstone Road, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 2HY
Phone Number 01843861176
Type Independent
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 108 (50% boys 50% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Haddon Dene is an independent day pre-preparatory and preparatory school. Pupils are taught in single-aged classes, one for each year group. The early years provision consists of a Nursery class and a Reception class. Very few pupils have SEN and/or disabilities. No pupils have a statement of SEN or an education, health and care plan. The headteacher has been in post since September 2016. The school was previously inspected in November 2016.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher and those in positions of governance have ensured that the school has improved significantly since the last inspection. The large majority of pupils make good or better progress because most teaching and learning is good across all phases of the school. Pupils are respectful and polite. They have good attitudes to learning because they enjoy coming to school. Pupils behave well. They know that staff will respond when they have problems or concerns. Pupils report that there is no bullying at the school. Although children get off to a good start in the early years, more could be done to develop their independent learning skills, as well as improving the outdoor learning environment. Staff are beginning to use the school’s new systems to monitor pupils’ progress effectively. However, more time is needed for assessment procedures to become fully embedded. Senior leaders and those responsible for governance have ensured that all of the independent school standards are met. Middle leaders are enthusiastic. They are beginning to have a greater impact on improving the quality of teaching and learning within their own areas of responsibility. The curriculum is a strength. Teaching staff are knowledgeable. Subject specialists provide pupils with good-quality teaching and tuition, especially in the arts and in sport. Safeguarding is effective. Pupils told inspectors they feel safe in school and appreciate the care and attention given to them by staff. On occasion, teachers do not plan learning that fully meets the needs of all pupils. This includes pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities. In some lessons, teaching support staff are not used as well as they could be to support pupils’ learning. 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.