|Name||Fawkham Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||12 November 2013|
|Address||Valley Road, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NA|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||105 (51% boys 49% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.3|
|Percentage Free School Meals||2.9%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||3.8%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||4.8%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. Apart from children in the Reception class, all pupils are taught in mixed-age classes. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is additional funding provided for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those looked after by the local authority and those with a parent or carer in the armed services, is very small and much lower than the national average. There are no looked after pupils on roll. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is well below the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is above the national average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is lower than the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. Since the previous inspection there have been a number of staff changes at all levels. A new headteacher was appointed in September 2012.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. The headteacher has ensured through rigorous checking that the quality of teaching has improved and is now consistently good. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics because teachers use effective questioning during lessons to deepen their understanding. Most pupils leave Year 6 with standards that are at least in line with those expected for their age. Standards at the end of Year 2 are above average. Children in the Reception class get off to a good start because teaching is good and activities are exciting and fun. Pupils make good progress when developing personal skills because the school’s provision for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong. The headteacher and the governing body have set a clear route for improvement supported by an accurate understanding of the school’s work and precise action plans. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. Relationships between pupils and adults are excellent. Pupils and their parents and carers are confident that the school keeps them safe at all times. It is not yet an outstanding school because: The overall quality of teaching is not outstanding. There are not enough opportunities for pupils to research, analyse and think independently to ensure that all make outstanding progress. Not all teachers use information on their pupils’ ability levels to set work at precisely the right level. Teachers do not make enough use of the outstanding outside environment when planning activities across all subjects.