Grove Park Primary School

Name Grove Park Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 July 2013
Address Hilton Drive, Sittingbourne, ME10 1PT
Phone Number 01795477417
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 423 (51.1% boys 48.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.0
Academy Sponsor Grove Park Academies
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 11.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.7%
Persisitent Absence 6.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 30.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection

Information about this school

This is a larger than average primary school. The vast majority of pupils are from White British heritage. The proportion of pupils from ethnic heritages other than White British is below that found nationally. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is lower than the national average. The proportions of pupils with special educational needs supported at school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is greater than those found nationally, in all three categories. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is lower than the national average. The pupil premium provides additional funding for children in local authority care, children from service families, and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. In this school, there are no children from service families. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. There is a children centre on site which is separately managed; however, the centre manager is a member of the governing body. There is a nursery on site which is managed by an independent company which also provides a breakfast club and an after-school club. The school works in partnership with other local schools, and this is called the ‘Gateway Alliance’. The partnership has been set up to support school improvement work across the schools. Grove Park Primary School converted to become an academy school on 1 June 2012. When its predecessor school, Grove Park Community Primary School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be satisfactory overall.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress in English and mathematics and by the time they leave the school, the standards they reach are above the expected level; they are particularly high in reading. Pupils eligible for the pupil premium and those with disabilities and those with special educational needs make good progress due to the very good focused teaching activities provided by teaching assistants. The majority of teaching is good because : teachers have high expectations, the pace in the lessons is brisk and the activities planned by teachers fully engage the pupils in their learning. Parents and carers are extremely positive about the school and are very pleased that their children are safe and happy at school. Pupils enjoy school; they feel safe, behave well, and are confident that any bullying is dealt with. Senior leaders, including governors, are effective in improving teaching and pupils’ achievement. The headteacher and deputy headteacher have a clear vision for the school. They monitor teaching and pupils’ work thoroughly and then support teachers to help pupils to do their very best. Areas where improvements need to be made are clearly identified and acted upon. Governors are very experienced and knowledgeable. They ask challenging questions to ensure that actions agreed are having a positive impact on pupil progress. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Teaching in Years 3 and 4 does not always provide a consistently high level of challenge for all pupils. On occasion, there are missed opportunities in teachers’ questioning and marking to further extend learning. Not all subject leaders are effectively leading their subjects.

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