Fordcombe Church of England Primary School

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Fordcombe Church of England Primary School

Name Fordcombe Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 10 February 2016
Address The Green, Fordcombe, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 0RY
Phone Number 01892740224
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Academy Sponsor The Tenax Schools Trust
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 10.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 4.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is below average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils who are supported by the pupil premium is below average. (The pupil premium is additional government funding to support those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority.) The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics.

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. Pupils are a credit to the school. They develop as exceptionally well-rounded, confident individuals who enjoy their time in school. They are friendly, caring and well mannered. The headteacher, deputy headteacher and governors provide determined and focused leadership for the school. As a result of their work, the school has improved since the previous inspection. Teaching is now good. Teachers plan activities that interest and engage pupils. All groups of pupils learn well and make good progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics. By the end of Year 6, standards of attainment are above average. Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning and want to do well. They 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. Children get a good start to school in the early years. They make good progress, and develop confidence, independence and a love of learning. They are well prepared to continue their learning in Year 1. Parents are very supportive of all that the school does and have every confidence in the school’s leadership. One parent reflected the views of many with the comment, ‘We are happy to be part of such a wonderful school community.’ It is not yet an outstanding school because : Work does not consistently challenge all pupils or promote a depth of learning, knowledge and understanding. The role of middle leaders is not yet having sufficient impact on the quality of teaching and outcomes in the foundation subjects.