Lenham Primary School

Name Lenham Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 October 2013
Address Ham Lane, Lenham, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 2LL
Phone Number 01622858260
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 207 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.1
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 13.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.9%
Persisitent Absence 10.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

Lenham Primary School is a smaller-than-average-sized primary school serving a large village and its outlying rural area. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is broadly similar to the national average, as is the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. A below-average proportion of pupils is supported by the pupil premium, which provides extra funding to improve the achievement of those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those from service families and those in the care of the local authority. A higher-than-average proportion of pupils enters and leaves the school every year at times other than the usual ones for joining or leaving. The school meets the government’s current floor target, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The school shares its site with a private nursery, which did not form part of the current inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Most pupils make good progress and achieve well in most subjects. Some make exceptional progress from their starting points. Teaching and learning are good overall. Most teachers have high expectations of the pupils and teach interesting and imaginative lessons. Most pupils learn to read quickly and reach the expected levels. Those who fall behind are effectively supported so that they catch up well. Relationships between adults and pupils are a positive aspect of the school because pupils feel safe, respected and well looked after. Pupils are proud of their school, behave well and their attendance has steadily improved. They are eager to learn, tolerant, friendly and respectful of both adults and each other. The headteacher is well supported by a strong team of leaders and an effective governing body. Governors have made a strong contribution to the school’s drive to ensure that all pupils reach their full potential. Pupils supported by the pupil premium make better progress than others because they are well taught in class and in their small groups. The school is improving because leaders and governors have ambitious development plans based on an accurate and detailed knowledge of the school’s performance. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not all pupils develop a good understanding of letters and the sounds they make (phonics), so they do not achieve as well in reading as they do in other subjects. Pupils’ work is marked regularly but marking does not always show in detail how they can improve work themselves. In a small proportion of lessons, the pace is not brisk enough to enable the pupils to complete all the tasks planned.