Kingswood Primary School

Name Kingswood Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 09 May 2012
Address Buckland Road, Lower Kingswood, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 7EA
Phone Number 01737832135
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 197 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.3
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.6%
Persisitent Absence 8.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

This is a smaller-than-average size primary school with children in Early Years Foundation Stage taught in one Reception class. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is below average. Few pupils speak English as an additional language or are at an early stage of learning English. The proportion of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is lower than average, as is the proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. The school has exceeded the current floor standards, which are minimum standards for attainment and progress expected by the government. The school has a number of awards, for example Investors in People, Healthy Schools status, International School award and Activemark.

Key findings

This is a good school. It has improved since its last inspection. It is not yet outstanding because pupils’ confidence to spell accurately and to present their work well varies between classes and, although improved, not all teaching is at the level of the very best. As a result, a few inconsistencies remain in the progress pupils make. Pupils’ achievement is good. They have a very positive start in the Reception class. Pupils continue to make good progress, particularly in their reading, speaking, listening and number skills. All groups of pupils, including disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, learn and progress well. Teaching is now typically good. There are occasions when teaching is outstanding. In some activities, the pace of learning slows because teachers’ explanations to the whole class take up too much time and the links made between what pupils learn and how it can be used in everyday situations are sometimes too few. Teachers promote an excellent atmosphere for learning. Pupils’ excellent behaviour and attitudes to learning are key factors contributing to their improved achievement over time. They behave extremely well. They have an excellent awareness of how to keep themselves safe, for example, when using computers or when out of school. Senior leaders have succeeded in improving the school’s effectiveness since the last inspection. They have rightly and successfully focused on improving weaker aspects of teaching and on addressing some underachievement in English. The majority of middle managers are adept at influencing development in their subject. The governing body is supportive, yet challenging. The vast majority of staff say they are well managed and feel proud to be a part of the school. Parents and carers are overwhelmingly supportive of the school’s work.