Farnborough Primary School


Name Farnborough Primary School
Website http://www.farnboroughprimary.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 27 November 2012
Address Farnborough Hill, Farnborough, Orpington, Kent, BR6 7EQ
Phone Number 01689853295
Type Academy
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 273 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.1
Academy Sponsor Nexus Education Schools Trust
Local Authority Bromley
Percentage Free School Meals 2.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 12.1%

Information about this school

The school serves its immediate village locality and pupils who attend from further afield. It is slightly smaller in size than most primary schools. The majority of pupils are White British and there are very few pupils from minority ethnic groups. There are a very small number at the early stages of learning English. A below average proportion is eligible for additional government funding, known as the pupil premium. This is also true for the number of pupils identified as disabled or having special educational needs. This includes those with more severe needs or who have a statement of special educational needs and are taught at school action plus. The school has a number of awards reflecting its commitment to promoting pupils’ basic skills, environmental understanding, healthy lifestyles and artistic appreciation. The school is an advanced university partner school for two local universities which helps in teacher training initiatives. There is a breakfast club each morning, but it is not managed by the governors. The school currently meets the government’s floor standards which are the minimum expected for pupils’ attainment and progress in national tests. The school does not use any alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The school’s overall effectiveness has improved to outstanding levels since the previous inspection. Typically excellent teaching enables pupils of all abilities, including disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, to achieve outstandingly well. This is a key factor in why pupils reach high levels of attainment in their English and mathematics by the time they leave the school. Children’s good start to school life in the Early Years Foundation Stage, which includes a good focus on developing their outdoor environmental education as well as their basic number and writing skills, sets a good foundation for their future learning. Pupils’ excellent attitude to their learning and exemplary behaviour around school help them achieve to high levels and result in very harmonious relationships between pupils and adults. Although confident to use information and communication technology, pupils do not always have enough opportunities to use it in day-to-day lessons. The headteacher, very ably supported by senior leaders and members of the governing body, demand high quality work from both pupils and staff. The excellent sense of teamwork and very clear direction set for staff, pupils and parents enable all to be determined in continuing to improve.