Horsmonden Primary Academy

Name Horsmonden Primary Academy
Website http://www.horsmonden.kent.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 06 July 2016
Address Back Lane, Horsmonden, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 8NJ
Phone Number 01892722529
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 185 (56% boys 44% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 38.1
Academy Sponsor Leigh Academies Trust
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 5.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 9.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

Horsmonden is smaller than the average primary school. A new headteacher started at the school in September 2014. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, for which the school receives additional funding (pupil premium), is below average. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. A very small proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is lower than average. The proportion of pupils with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is lower than the national average. Children attend the Reception class full time. The school offers daily before- and after-school clubs. These are managed by the governing body and were reviewed as part of this inspection. The school meets the current government floor standards. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The effective headteacher has united the staff team. Everyone at Horsmonden now works towards the same set of shared values in order to achieve the very best for pupils. Senior leaders have successfully improved the quality of teaching. As a result, standards in reading, writing and mathematics are rising steadily across the school. Governors are aspirational. They regularly check how well the school is progressing towards its goals, and challenge senior leaders to make further improvements. This is a strong factor in the school’s success. The majority of lessons engage pupils fully because teachers ensure that tasks are relevant and exciting. As a result, pupils behave extremely well. The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding. Pupils develop into self assured learners who contribute strongly to the school and wider community. Children get off to good start in the early years. They enjoy learning and achieve well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Changes in staffing mean that leadership of foundation subjects is underdeveloped since the school was last inspected. More work is needed to ensure that plans to progress pupils’ skills are firmly in place. Teaching is not routinely challenging enough over time so that pupils, including the most able, make more than expected progress. Pupils do not fully appreciate the range of different cultures beyond the immediate locality – limiting their cultural development. A minority of pupils are persistently absent or late to school.