|Name||Higham Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||03 October 2013|
|Address||School Lane, Higham, Rochester, Kent, ME3 7JL|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||210 (47% boys 53% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.3|
|Percentage Free School Meals||8.1%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||1.4%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
Information about this school
Higham Primary School is slightly smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils of minority ethnic heritage is below average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is also below average. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium, additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and pupils from service families, is below average. There are no children in local authority care on the roll. The proportions of disabled pupils and those who have special needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school is a member of the Gravesham Rural Consortium of schools. The school provides breakfast and after-school clubs for pupils.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils achieve well across the school. Where there are gaps in attainment between different pupils, very good help ensures that pupils catch up with their peers so that they are well prepared for their next stage of school. Behaviour is exemplary. Pupils clearly enjoy learning and they try very hard to do their best in lessons. The school is a safe and caring place where respect for one another is evident. Attendance is consistently high and reflects pupils’ enjoyment of school. The headteacher and other leaders work hard and effectively to ensure that teaching is good and improving. Governors understand how well the school is doing and what needs to be done next. The curriculum is interesting and provides good opportunities for pupils to work together and practise their skills. Since the last inspection the leadership and teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage have improved notably. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not yet outstanding because the excellent marking seen in some books is not yet consistent across all subjects in all classes and so does not yet ensure that all pupils make exceptional progress as they move through the school. Teachers’ subject knowledge is not consistently good in all subjects and this means in some lessons progress is not exceptional. Leadership and management are not as effective across all subjects as they are in English and mathematics and in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Work remains to be done to ensure that the effective leadership skills found here are shared with middle leaders new to the role.