Brookfield Infant School

Name Brookfield Infant School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 15 March 2016
Address Swallow Road, Larkfield, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 6PY
Phone Number 01732840955
Type Primary
Age Range 5-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 22%
Pupils with SEN Support 4.5%
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 infant school, with six classes. It works closely with the adjacent junior school but the schools are entirely separately managed. Through the local authority, the school provides support and advice at times to other schools. Most pupils in the school are White British. There are no other large ethnic groups. A larger proportion than average of pupils is considered to be disadvantaged and entitled to the support of pupil premium funding. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher, with her senior team and staff, leads the school excellently. The school is constantly developing and improving. School leaders always firmly put the needs of the pupils first. This is welcomed by staff, parents and the pupils themselves. Pupils’ diverse needs are very well met. The headteacher actively encourages ‘leadership warmth’ at all levels. Senior leaders are highly rigorous while caring for people and listening to them. The school is very friendly and good humoured. Teaching is excellent. Staff provide exciting lessons and have very high expectations of the pupils. Pupils meet these expectations. Pupils make excellent progress. They attain very well in reading, writing and mathematics. Many pupils reach standards which are well above average. Children make a very good start in the early years. They learn adeptly how to concentrate and cooperate. Staff help children develop their literacy and numeracy skills very well. There is some work for staff to do to hone further the existing good practice during lessons when pupils make choices about their activities, to make this provision outstanding. Pupils’ behaviour is excellent. They are consistently ready to learn. They care for each other and support each other. Parents really love the school. They are delighted with the progress their children make and the welcome they receive. Pupils who are entitled to the support of the pupil premium achieve excellently. The school spends this funding thoughtfully and wisely. The provision for pupils with special educational needs or disability is highly effective and judiciously managed. The pupils concerned do very well. Governors do an exceptional job. They are very proactive and know the school in detail. They energetically support and challenge the school to do even better and try new ideas. The curriculum is broad and interesting. The subjects beyond English and mathematics, while well taught, are given markedly less emphasis than are English and mathematics. The school looks after and safeguards its pupils very carefully. Pupils feel safe and confident. Recent work to improve site security further has been carried out well.