Aldington Primary School

Name Aldington Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 November 2013
Address Roman Road, Aldington, Ashford, Kent, TN25 7EE
Phone Number 01233720247
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 192 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.0
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 2.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 6.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average-sized primary school serving its local community. Most pupils are of White British origin although there are few from other backgrounds including some of Romany and Gypsy heritage. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below the national average. A below-average proportion of pupils are eligible for the pupil premium, which is additional government funding for pupils, in this school, who are known to be eligible for free school meals. The percentage of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are supported by school action is above average. The proportion supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. There is a nursery on the school site. This is managed by a private provider and was not included in this inspection. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Aldington is a very welcoming school where pupils are keen to learn and this helps them to make good progress. Their positive attitudes to learning prepare them well for their next schools. The drive and vision of the school’s leaders and governors have ensured that teaching and achievement are good and improving. Teachers have high expectations and aim to bring out the best in pupils. The Reception class gives pupils a good start because activities are carefully planned to develop their skills. Most pupils achieve well in reading and mathematics, reaching standards that are above the national average by the end of Year 6. The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness well. As a result, they are courteous and behave well around school. Pupils feel very safe; they like their teachers and are confident that adults will be quick to respond to their needs. Attendance is well above the national average and has improved. The overwhelming majority of parents and carers strongly support the school and appreciate what it offers their children. The school values its strong relationship with the local community and its place at the heart of the village. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Teachers provide pupils with too few opportunities to develop their skills as independent learners. In 2013 pupils did not do as well at the end of Year 6 in writing, grammar, punctuation and spelling as they did in reading and mathematics. The variable quality of marking means that it does not always give pupils clear guidance on what they need to do to move their learning on.