Offham Primary School


Name Offham Primary School
Website http://www.offham.kent.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 19 May 2015
Address Church Road, Offham, West Malling, Kent, ME19 5NX
Phone Number 01732842355
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 212 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.6
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 0.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.9%
Persisitent Absence 4.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

Offham Primary School is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Reception children attend full time. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is lower than the national average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after) is lower than the national average. The school is part of Mosaic, a collaboration of eight local primary schools. The headteacher is currently supporting one of the schools in the collaboration. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Offham is a very caring and nurturing school in which pupils thrive. In the words of many parents, this is a very ‘happy family school’. They say it deserves ‘a very big thumbs up’. The outstanding headteacher is an inspirational leader. She is highly ambitious for the school and the pupils. The headteacher is supported well by the deputy headteacher, senior staff and a highly committed staff team. Relationships throughout the school are excellent. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is outstanding. Pupils’ attainment is outstanding. At the end of Year 6, all groups of pupils, including the most able, are reaching standards which are well above the national average. As a result of outstanding teaching children in the early years get off to a flying start. Teachers and skilled teaching assistants work together effectively as teams. Staff are particularly effective in using their questioning skills to check pupils’ learning and to make sure that pupils think hard. Staff are now concentrating on all pupils applying the advice they are given in their marking feedback Leaders and managers, together with governors, are fully committed to providing a high standard of education for all pupils. They work closely alongside each other with a common aim. Their actions have had a direct and positive impact on the high quality teaching and the excellent achievement of pupils. Governors are a real strength of the school. They are very knowledgeable about the school’s strengths and its priorities for improvement. They provide a good balance of support and challenge and are ambitious for the continued success of the school. Pupils feel totally safe at the school; a view that is strongly supported by their parents. Pupils flourish and develop into confident and assured young people who leave the school with high aspirations, an enthusiasm for learning and excellent academic results. Outstanding teaching and learning in each key stage enable pupils to make rapid progress in reading, writing and mathematics. As a result, all groups, regardless of their level of ability, are doing well throughout the school.