Bobbing Village School

Name Bobbing Village School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Sheppey Way, Bobbing, Sittingbourne, ME9 8PL
Phone Number 01795 423939
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Not applicable
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 210
Local Authority Kent
Catchment Area Information Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
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Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school, with the number on roll remaining constant over recent years. It has provision for Early Years Foundation Stage children in one Reception class. There is one class per year group. Most pupils are of White British heritage. Hardly any speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is average, as is the proportion of pupils who have more severe learning difficulties or a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium funding is much lower than the national average. In 2012, the school’s results in national tests for 11-year-olds met the government’s floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for attainment and progress. Bobbing has been federated with Iwade Primary School for several years, but does not share the same site. Both schools are overseen and managed by the same governing body and executive headteacher.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils achieve well above the national average in reading and writing and above average in mathematics when they leave the school. Teaching is typically good and continues to improve. Teachers check the progress of their pupils carefully. Initiatives carried out by the executive headteacher and head of school have led to rapid improvement in the school’s overall effectiveness and, in particular, pupils’ behaviour. Staff and governors accurately evaluate how well the school is doing and know what it needs to do to improve further. Pupils thoroughly enjoy their work. Their behaviour and attitudes are exemplary and the school rigorously ensures their safety. The good reviews on how well pupils achieve in their national tests enable the school to target support carefully to ensure that results remain high. Regular and effective checks on how well staff are performing and focused staff training place the school in a strong position to continue to adapt and improve further. It is not yet an outstanding school because : A very small proportion of pupils, mainly girls, do not always make enough progress in mathematics in Key Stage 2. The quality of written advice to guide pupils’ next steps in learning is variable and few pupils respond directly to the advice given. Teachers do not always question pupils effectively enough to check their understanding in lessons or adapt lessons quickly enough to ensure all pupils make at least good progress.