King’s Farm Primary School


Name King’s Farm Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 22 May 2018
Address Cedar Avenue, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 5JT
Phone Number 01474566979
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 405 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.9
Percentage Free School Meals 33.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 29.4%

Information about this school

King’s Farm Primary School is a member of The Cedar Federation, along with Ifield School. The federation has a single governing body. King’s Farm Primary School is much larger than the average-sized primary school. There are two classes in each year group from Nursery to Year 6. The school serves a community with above-average levels of deprivation. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds and the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through pupil premium funding is well above average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is below the national average. A higher-than-average proportion of pupils join and leave the school during each school year. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 6 in reading, writing and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school All leaders, including governors, are uncompromising in their high aspirations for every pupil. They are relentlessly driving improvement and accept nothing but the best. The executive headteacher and the head of school model the high standards expected. An exceedingly positive and respectful ethos permeates the school. Staff and pupils benefit from the expertise and shared opportunities available as part of The Cedar Federation. Governance is effective. Governors carefully evaluate the school’s development and are well informed about pupils’ progress. They hold leaders firmly to account. Leaders have ensured that teaching has greatly improved. As a result of strong teaching, most pupils are making good progress in all subjects and developing as successful learners. Published outcomes for pupils’ attainment and progress at the end of Year 6, although not at national figures, show significant improvement across all areas since the last inspection. Work in the books of current pupils similarly shows improvement. Pupils experience an interesting range of topics and themes. The school’s curriculum is further enriched by a variety of extra-curricular clubs and exciting trips. The school provides effective support for disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities. Leaders have an accurate understanding of pupils’ needs and are highly diligent in ensuring that these are met. Parents and carers are very happy with the education and experiences that the school provides for their children. Children make a good start in the early years and settle into school quickly and happily. The school’s unremitting and innovative work to ensure that pupils attend school regularly has led to improved attendance for all groups of pupils. Despite this, overall attendance remains below the national average. Pupils’ behaviour is good. High expectations, linked to the school’s own values, ensure that pupils are polite and respectful. Increasing challenge is evident for most-able pupils. However, teachers’ questioning does not consistently challenge pupils to think more deeply. Safeguarding is a strength of the school. Staff keep pupils safe and teach them to look after themselves effectively.