Higham Primary School

Name Higham Primary School
Website http://www.higham.kent.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 October 2013
Address School Lane, Higham, Rochester, Kent, ME3 7JL
Phone Number 01474822535
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 207 (44% boys 56% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.3
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 8.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.4%
Persisitent Absence 7.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Higham Primary School is slightly smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils of minority ethnic heritage is below average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is also below average. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium, additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and pupils from service families, is below average. There are no children in local authority care on the roll. The proportions of disabled pupils and those who have special needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school is a member of the Gravesham Rural Consortium of schools. The school provides breakfast and after-school clubs for pupils.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils achieve well across the school. Where there are gaps in attainment between different pupils, very good help ensures that pupils catch up with their peers so that they are well prepared for their next stage of school. Behaviour is exemplary. Pupils clearly enjoy learning and they try very hard to do their best in lessons. The school is a safe and caring place where respect for one another is evident. Attendance is consistently high and reflects pupils’ enjoyment of school. The headteacher and other leaders work hard and effectively to ensure that teaching is good and improving. Governors understand how well the school is doing and what needs to be done next. The curriculum is interesting and provides good opportunities for pupils to work together and practise their skills. Since the last inspection the leadership and teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage have improved notably. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not yet outstanding because the excellent marking seen in some books is not yet consistent across all subjects in all classes and so does not yet ensure that all pupils make exceptional progress as they move through the school. Teachers’ subject knowledge is not consistently good in all subjects and this means in some lessons progress is not exceptional. Leadership and management are not as effective across all subjects as they are in English and mathematics and in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Work remains to be done to ensure that the effective leadership skills found here are shared with middle leaders new to the role.