Otford Primary School

Name Otford Primary School
Website www.otford.kent.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 14 November 2013
Address High Street, Otford, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 5PG
Phone Number 01959523145
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 400 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.8
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3%
Persisitent Absence 7.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

This is a larger-than-average primary school serving pupils from the local rural community, and the vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is below average. This is additional funding provided to schools for children in the care of the local authority, those children known to be eligible for free school meals and those from service families. The proportion of pupils who are supported by school action is below average, as is the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. Since the previous inspection, there have been a number of changes in staffing, including the appointment of a deputy headteacher and new inclusion manager. An extension to the hall and new building work to add three new classrooms were completed for the beginning of this term.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Senior leaders and managers, supported by governors, have succeeded in improving the school’s effectiveness since its previous inspection. The quality of teaching is now typically good throughout the school and enables pupils to learn successfully and achieve well. Results in national tests have risen significantly since the previous inspection. Children enjoy a good start to their education in the Reception classes so they quickly become settled and confident learners. Pupils have very secure basic skills, including speaking, listening, reading, writing and mathematics. They are effectively prepared for the next schools. The headteacher has provided clear and effective direction, and has supported both existing and new members of staff well to ensure that quality of pupils’ learning has improved. Pupils relate positively to each other and to visitors. They behave well around the school and within lessons. They say they feel very safe, like activities such as trips, and acknowledge how good the teachers are at helping them when needed. Parents and carers, with few reservations, are very positive about the school’s effectiveness, how well their children are looked after and how well those who are disabled and/or with special educational needs are helped to make good progress. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Although improved, not all pupils’ achievement is at the highest levels, for example, pupils in Years 1 to 6 do not always apply their accurate number skills or mathematical knowledge to solve practical ‘real-life’ problems and investigations. The highly developed skills of some teachers are not yet fully shared through the school to help boost the quality of teaching still further. Pupils are not always able to make use of information and communication technology (ICT) in day-to-day activities to improve their learning. In some lessons, pupils do not always get down to activities quickly enough so they can complete their work and have time to develop different ideas independently.