|Name||Lympne Church of England Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||14 March 2012|
|Address||Octavian Drive, Lympne, Hythe, Kent, CT21 4JG|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||201 (50% boys 50% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||18.9|
|Percentage Free School Meals||2.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||3.5%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||13.9%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||Yes|
Information about the school
Lympne is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average, as is the proportion known to be eligible for free school meals. The school makes provision for the Early Years Foundation Stage in a Reception class. A daily breakfast club is provided that is managed by the governing body. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school has gained several awards, including the Basic Skills Quality Mark and Healthy Schools Status.
This is a good school. Pupils are great ambassadors for their school. They are confident, friendly and polite, work hard and have good attitudes to learning. The school is not outstanding because there are a few inconsistencies in some aspects of teaching and learning. Pupils, including disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, achieve well and make good progress from their starting points. By the end of Year 6, attainment in English and mathematics is above average. Teaching inspires and motivates pupils. Lessons are well planned to meet the needs of learners effectively, promoting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well. There are some excellent examples of marking and feedback that help pupils know how to improve, but the quality is not consistent across the school. On occasion, pupils are not clear about what they are to do when they start independent work and this can slow the pace of the progress they make. The school provides a safe, secure environment for learning. Pupils have good attitudes to learning and enjoy school. This is reflected in their attendance, which is above average. They are polite, friendly, considerate and caring, and good behaviour makes a positive contribution to their learning and a well-ordered happy school community. Leaders, including members of the governing body, share high aspirations and ambition for the school’s future. Targets for the performance of all staff are well linked to school priorities and monitoring of teaching is clearly focused on learning; where weaknesses are identified, effective support is given. The school has correctly identified the need to work with parents and carers to find the best ways to enhance communication with them.