|Name||Riverview Infant School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||18 April 2013|
|Address||Cimba Wood, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 4SD|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||345 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.6|
|Academy Sponsor||The Pathway Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||12.2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||15.9%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
Information about this school
The school is a larger than average-sized infant school. About one in six pupils have special educational needs and are supported through school action. This proportion is much higher than the national average. A further one in twenty pupils are supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs, which is below average. Approximately a tenth of the pupils are eligible for the pupil premium (additional money provided by the government for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children who are looked after by the local authority and the children of service families). This is below the national average. The school has no pupils from service families.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Children learn quickly in the Reception Year and do especially well in learning about the sounds letters make and how to work independently. Pupils’ achievement is also good in Years 1 and 2, especially in reading and mathematics. Across the school, teachers ask good questions that encourage the pupils to think carefully. They provide enjoyable activities that are interesting, purposeful and right for the pupils’ differing needs. The school supports pupils’ personal development well so that pupils are helped to become polite and considerate. Pupils behave well and feel safe at this friendly school. They are keen to help each other and are very good at taking responsibility. Leaders manage the school well, provide good support for improving teaching and know what to do to make the school outstanding in the future. They are strongly committed to doing the best for all pupils. Governors have a clear understanding about how well the school is doing and are involved in developing all aspects of the school’s work. Parents and carers are very positive about the school and are keen to recommend it to others. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils do less well in writing than in other subjects because they are not given enough interesting writing activities, particularly in the outdoor area in the Reception Year. In Years 1 and 2, they are not always expected to do their best writing or are given enough advice on how to do better next time. Leaders are not making best use of the information they have collected on how well pupils are doing so that they can see straight away if a group of pupils are doing less well than others, and then putting it right immediately when they are not.