Fleetdown Primary School

Name Fleetdown Primary School
Website http://www.fleetdown.kent.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 25 September 2014
Address Lunedale Road, Darenth, Dartford, Kent, DA2 6JX
Phone Number 01322226891
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 631 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.0
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 9.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 12.5%
Persisitent Absence 8.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.8%
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 larger than the average-sized primary school. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The school has a unit, known as the Pirate Ship, for hearing-impaired pupils. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils who are supported by the pupil premium (additional government funding to give extra support to those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and to children who are in care) is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The school makes provision for the Early Years Foundation Stage in three Reception classes. There is a nursery on the school site, which is managed by a private provider and not included in this inspection. The school provides a daily breakfast and after-school club. The headteacher is a National Leader of Education and the school is a National Support School.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils make outstanding progress and reach above average standards in reading, writing and mathematics by the time they leave at the end of Year 6. Children make rapid progress in the excellent Early Years Foundation Stage. They achieve standards at the end of the Reception Year that are above those expected for their age. All groups of pupils make outstanding progress, including disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, those in the Pirate Ship, disadvantaged pupils and the most-able pupils. Teachers have high expectations for the standards of behaviour and achievement of all pupils. They expect pupils to do the very best they can and pupils meet their high expectations. Teachers’ marking and feedback to pupils gives them an excellent understanding of how to improve their work. Pupils are very proud of their school and have excellent attitudes to learning. Behaviour is outstanding and pupils say they feel extremely safe, secure and well looked after. Attendance has improved and is high. The headteacher and senior leaders have high expectations of staff to provide the best possible learning experiences for pupils. They share their experience and expertise with other schools and to train new teachers. Leaders at all levels are committed to continuously raising standards for all pupils. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development underpins all that the school does. Governors know the school well and very effectively hold it to account for its performance.