Folkestone St. Mary’s Church of England Primary Academy

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Folkestone St. Mary’s Church of England Primary Academy

Name Folkestone St. Mary’s Church of England Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 September 2016
Address Warren Road, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 6QH
Phone Number 01303251390
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 465 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.8
Academy Sponsor Folkestone St Mary's Church Of England Primary Academy
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 23.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.9%
Persisitent Absence 8.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 18.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

St Mary’s is larger than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium funding is above average. Children in the nursery attend part time. The school provides a daily breakfast club. The school meets the current government 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 DfE guidance on what academies should publish.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Pupils, parents, staff and governors are, with justification, proud of their good school. The principal provides highly effective and inspiring leadership. The deputy principal very effectively supports him. They, together with other senior leaders and governors, share the determination and aspiration that pupils develop as well-rounded, confident individuals who achieve well in all that they do. As a result of strong leadership, the school has improved since the previous inspection. Pupils’ achievement, behaviour and the quality of teaching and learning are all now good. The curriculum is stimulating and provides pupils with a wealth of interesting and exciting learning opportunities. Teaching, learning and assessment are good. Pupils are inspired and motivated by their teachers. Pupils behave well in lessons, around the school and in the playground. They feel safe and happy at school and are well looked after Pupils have very positive attitudes to learning. They are polite, respectful and friendly. All groups of pupils learn well and make good progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics. Phonics skills are taught well, which has helped to improve achievement in reading. Pupils’ spelling skills, however, are not yet good enough. Children in the early years are taught well, settle very quickly into school life and make good and often rapid progress from their starting points. Through rigorous checks, senior leaders have a clear knowledge of the school’s strengths and where improvements are needed. They have correctly identified that a very few inconsistencies in expectations for pupils’ learning need to be tackled and eradicated. The role of some middle leaders is not yet having enough impact on the quality of teaching and learning and outcomes in the foundation subjects. Attendance is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who are persistently absent is higher than the national figure.