|Name||Fleetdown Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||25 September 2014|
|Address||Lunedale Road, Darenth, Dartford, Kent, DA2 6JX|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||631 (51% boys 49% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||23.0|
|Percentage Free School Meals||9.6%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||12.5%|
|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.