Ightham Primary School


Name Ightham Primary School
Website http://www.ightham.kent.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 February 2015
Address Oldbury Lane, Ightham, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 9DD
Phone Number 01732882405
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 200 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.6
Percentage Free School Meals 0.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6%

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is below average. There are very few eligible pupils in Year 6. Pupil premium is additional government funding to support those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportions who speak English as an additional language are below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is average. The school provides full-time early years provision. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The current headteacher was appointed in September 2014. The school has a breakfast club and an after-school club, both of which are managed by the school and were included in this inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ attainment at the end of both key stages is much higher than the national average in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils benefit from good teaching and make rapid progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The headteacher provides strong leadership. He has secured significant improvement in teaching and the quality of pupils’ work. As a result of teachers’ high expectations, pupils’ good achievement has been sustained. Staff fully share the headteacher’s ambitions for the school. They have risen to the challenge to improve their practice. Middle leaders’ roles have developed rapidly. The leaders are knowledgeable about teaching and learning and make an increasingly effective contribution to school development. Children make very rapid progress in the early years because of high quality provision and outstanding leadership. Pupils are polite, interested in learning and proud of their school. They behave well and understand what they can do to help to keep themselves safe. All parents who completed the on-line questionnaire feel that their children are happy and secure. Teaching assistants skilfully support pupils’ learning. They work closely with teachers and understand pupils’ needs very well. Pupils are looked after very well in the breakfast and after-school clubs. Those pupils who attend enjoy interesting, good quality activities. Governors have a detailed knowledge of the school’s work. They provide good levels of support and challenge for school leaders. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching to ensure the highest levels of achievement. Teachers do not always systematically check pupils’ understanding or ask questions which fully challenge pupils of different abilities. Middle leaders’ roles in improving the quality of teaching are not yet fully developed. Outstanding teaching practice is not shared as much as it should be.