Ashford Oaks Community Primary School

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Ashford Oaks Community Primary School

Name Ashford Oaks Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Oak Tree Road, Ashford, TN23 4QR
Phone Number 01223631259
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 440 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.1
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 51.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 17.2%
Persistent Absence 14.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 24.6%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (08 May 2013)
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Information about this school

Ashford Oaks is larger than the average-sized primary school. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is below average. The proportion who speak English as an additional language is above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is above average. The proportion supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives additional funding (the pupil premium), because they are known to be eligible for free school meals, are in the care of the local authority or are children of service families, is well above average. At Ashford Oaks, almost all the pupils eligible for the pupil premium are those entitled to free school meals. The school has an autistic spectrum disorder resource centre and is the lead school for autistic spectrum disorder in the Ashford area. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils? attainment and progress. The school makes provision for the Early Years Foundation Stage in a Nursery and two Reception classes. The school provides a daily breakfast and after-school club.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher, senior leaders, staff and governors are united in their commitment to improve the school?s performance in all areas and have successfully improved the school from its satisfactory position at the previous inspection. Achievement is good. Pupils? attainment has risen each year since the last inspection and is rising at a faster rate than that found nationally because pupils? progress is improving rapidly and exceptionally well in Key Stage 1. Pupils behave well and feel safe in school. They get on well together, have positive attitudes to their learning and are proud of their school. The headteacher and a strong team of senior and subject leaders rigorously monitor teaching and learning so they can identify strengths and weaknesses and provide effective support. As a result, teaching has improved and is now good, with some that is outstanding. The governing body effectively supports the school and holds it to account for its performance. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching. Expectations are not always high enough for what pupils can achieve and so progress is a little uneven across the classes and year groups in Key Stage 2. On occasion work is not demanding enough for more able pupils in Years 3 to 6. Achievement in writing is not as high as in reading. Pupils? handwriting and the presentation of their work is not always of a high enough quality and sometimes they are not clear about why they are writing or who it is for.