High Halden Church of England Primary School

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High Halden Church of England Primary School

Name High Halden Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.high-halden.kent.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Church Hill, High Halden, Ashford, TN26 3JB
Phone Number 01233850285
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 94 (46.8% boys 53.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.8
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 16%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persistent Absence 15.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 8%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (16 January 2013)
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Information about this school

The school is a smaller than average-sized primary school. The number of pupils who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for specific groups) is lower than average but rising. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is broadly average, as is the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. One in six pupils are from Gypsy/Roma or Traveller communities. There are a small number of pupils from other minority ethnic backgounds. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is broadly average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school does not use any alternative provision. Since the last inspection the governing body has changed significantly with a new Chair and many new governor appointments.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make consistently good progress in English and mathematics, many from very low starting points when they join the school. Teaching is consistently good and planning for the mixed-age classes and the range of different abilities within them is very effective in meeting the needs of all the pupils. Leaders are passionate that no pupil in the school will fail. They have excellent systems to check on how pupils are doing so that any who are falling behind are quickly helped to catch up. The school fosters extremely good relationships with its parent community, especially those from Gypsy/Roma and Traveller backgrounds, building highly supportive and trusting relationships. Pupils’ behaviour, both in class and around the school, is good. They feel safe and enjoy coming to school. Governors are effective in checking how the school is doing, challenging it to do better and in planning for the future. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils do not make outstanding progress in enough lessons. They do not write enough at length for different purposes or tackle problems in mathematics that will allow them to apply their skills. The outside area for Reception does not give children enough chance to find things out for themselves.