Halstead Community Primary School

Name Halstead Community Primary School
Website http://www.halstead.kent.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 March 2016
Address Otford Lane, Halstead, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 7EA
Phone Number 01959532224
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 89 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.1
Percentage Free School Meals 24.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.9%

Information about this school

This school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. Most of the pupils are of White British heritage. Other pupils come from a range of different ethnic heritages including Traveller, Black Caribbean and Indian. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium is above average. The pupil premium is additional government funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs or disability is below average. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. Ofsted_Logo_Black_RGB

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The determined leadership of the headteacher, along with the effective support of senior teachers, have brought about whole-school improvement. Teaching is increasingly effective, and pupils make good progress across the school. Disadvantaged pupils and pupils with special educational needs or disability receive good support and are making good progress. Attainment is rising throughout the school and has been rising year on year since the last inspection in 2013. The vast majority of pupils say that they enjoy school and talk proudly about what they have achieved. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. They are respectful, considerate and responsible and feel safe. Parents are overwhelmingly pleased. They particularly like the inclusive values of the school. The curriculum is rich and engaging. Pupils are very positive about the special events they experience at school. The governing body provides rigorous and robust challenge. It rightly holds the school accountable whilst demanding high standards. Governors know the school well and know when to balance challenge with support. The school has managed recent staffing changes well. Alterations in the staff structure, along with the appointment of the new special needs coordinator, ensure that the school is now well placed to maintain standards and improve further. Support from the local authority has been focused on improving teaching and learning and its actions have been effective. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Attendance of pupils is improving but is not yet consistently good, with some groups of pupils attending less well than others. Opportunities to challenge pupils, including the most able, are sometimes missed. The outdoor learning environment for the early years foundation stage is insufficiently stimulating. The school’s plan for improvement is insufficiently focused on the most important things. Ofsted_Logo_Black_RGB