Hildenborough Church of England Primary School

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Hildenborough Church of England Primary School

Name Hildenborough Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.hildenborough.kent.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Riding Lane, Hildenborough, Tonbridge, TN11 9HY
Phone Number 01732833394
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 200 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.5
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.4%
Persisitent Absence 5.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 5.9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (04 October 2012)
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Information about this school

Hildenborough Church of England Primary School is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The great majority of pupils are of White British heritage and very few speak English as an additional language. Since the last inspection, the school has experienced a period of turbulence in relation to staffing. There have been three different headteachers as well as a period of long-term illness for key members of staff and a reorganisation of the governing body. The current headteacher took up post in April 2011. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action, school action plus, or with a statement of special educational needs, is below the national average. A small proportion of pupils are known to be eligible for additional funding through the pupil premium. There is a significant year-on-year variation in proportions of pupils that qualify for additional funding, such as pupils eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs also fluctuates from year to year. The school has recently joined three other local primary schools to form the Tonbridge Village Collaboration. This close partnership is supported by a local authority adviser. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Most pupils achieve well in English and mathematics, especially in Key Stage 2. Since the last inspection, test results have been on an upward trend in English and mathematics. The headteacher, together with a strong team of senior and middle leaders, has brought about rapid improvements to the school. Pupils enjoy being in school and their attendance in the last three years has been above average. There have been very few incidents of unacceptable behaviour in the last three years. The school provides many opportunities for pupils’ spiritual, moral and social development, especially through well-led assemblies. The strong governing body has helped the school to address weaknesses, particularly in teaching. This had led to improvements in the teaching of mathematics, especially at Key Stage 2, and in English across the school. Teachers mark pupils work well and provide opportunities for pupils to respond to comments on how to improve their work; as a result, pupils make good progress overall. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers do not always make sure that the most able pupils are doing as well as they can in mathematics, especially in Years 1 and 3. In a small proportion of lessons, teachers talk for too long and do not always use effective questioning methods to check pupils’ understanding.