Cliftonville Primary School

Name Cliftonville Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 30 November 2016
Address Northumberland Avenue, Cliftonville, Margate, Kent, CT9 3LY
Phone Number 01843227575
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 781 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.5
Academy Sponsor Coastal Academies Trust
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 38.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 26.6%
Persisitent Absence 10.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 17.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school and the roll is expanding. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above average. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium funding is above average. Children attend the Nursery for a morning or afternoon session. Children attend full time in the Reception classes. The school provides daily breakfast and after-school clubs. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. The school became an academy on 1 December 2013 and is a part of the Coastal Academies Trust. The current substantive headteacher was appointed in September 2014. `

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher provides outstanding leadership for the school. She is unwavering and uncompromising in her determination to provide the best possible learning and personal experiences for pupils. A parent wrote, ‘I was very confident to send my child to Cliftonville after meeting the headteacher and seeing how much passion she has for the school.’ The deputy headteacher and senior leaders, including governors, share the headteacher’s very high expectations of staff. Leaders have created a culture of ambition and aspiration for pupils and staff that flows through the school community and beyond. The school is outward-looking. Leaders are committed to improving the education of pupils across the schools within the trust and the wider community. There has been a marked improvement in pupils’ outcomes since the academy opened. Pupils make significantly above average progress overall and as a result, standards are improving rapidly in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils behave especially well in lessons and throughout the school. They are polite, caring and respectful of each other and adults. Children get off to a flying start in the early years because the quality of the provision is excellent. Children are happy and settle very well into the school routines. All groups of pupils, including disadvantaged pupils, pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and the most able pupils, including those who are disadvantaged, are very effectively supported to make strong progress from their starting points. Teaching and learning are outstanding. Teachers motivate pupils to want to learn and do their best because they make learning interesting, challenging and fun. Rigorous safeguarding procedures and the high importance placed on pupils’ well-being ensure that pupils feel safe and secure. Pupils flourish and thrive because they are extremely well looked after in a nurturing environment. Individual academic, social and emotional needs are carefully identified and supported. The curriculum ensures excellent opportunities for pupils’ academic and personal development. Leaders plan a review of the curriculum to identify what could make it even better.