Singlewell Primary School

Name Singlewell Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 April 2013
Address Mackenzie Way, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 5TY
Phone Number 01474569859
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 292 (44% boys 56% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.3
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 12%
Percentage English is Not First Language 19.2%
Persisitent Absence 5.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, there is one Reception class. The proportion of pupils receiving support from the pupil premium funding, which is the extra government support for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, looked after children and those from service families, is average. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs supported at school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is below average. The majority of pupils come from a White British background. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic heritages and those who speak English as an additional language is below average. The school exceeds the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The school does not make use of alternative provision for any of its pupils.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ attainment is rising rapidly and is above average in both English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Many more pupils attain the higher Level 5 than is the case in most schools. Children in the Reception class and Key Stage 1 make good progress from their starting points. Standards are high by the end of Year 2. Teaching has improved since the previous inspection and is now good. Teachers have clear expectations and are effective in helping pupils improve their work through their marking. The behaviour of pupils is good and they feel safe. Pupils enjoy coming to school, as seen in their high attendance. Pupils are eager to learn and work enthusiastically together. There are very positive relationships between pupils and staff. The headteacher leads the school effectively. Supported by senior leaders and staff, she has improved systems for checking teaching and learning which have led to improvements in the progress of all groups of pupils. The governing body knows the school well and is fully involved in supporting the school. It is active in challenging leaders to improve achievement further. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils are not always reminded to use the skills they have learnt in English when they write in other subjects. Teachers do not always adjust planning to ensure pupils of average ability make better than expected progress in reading. Pupils do not have sufficient opportunities to become more independent in their learning by reflecting on their progress.