John Mayne Church of England Primary School, Biddenden

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John Mayne Church of England Primary School, Biddenden

Name John Mayne Church of England Primary School, Biddenden
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address High Street, Biddenden, Ashford, TN27 8AL
Phone Number 01580291424
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 93 (50.5% boys 49.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 11.7
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 11.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1%
Persistent Absence 15.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.5%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (23 January 2018)
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Information about this school

The headteacher has been in post since 2016. There have recently been many staff changes. The governing body has reconstituted and the new chair of governors was appointed in July 2017. The school is smaller than most primary schools. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is below average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is similar to the national average. The school did not meet the government?s current floor standards in 2017, which set the minimum expectations for pupils? attainment and progress in English and mathematics. Children in the early years are taught in a mixed-age class with children from Year 1. The school provides a daily breakfast club and after-school club.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher?s determined focus on developing teaching and learning has resulted in improvements throughout the school. She is supported well by other leaders who are helping to drive improvements. They monitor progress carefully, ensuring that initiatives are effective. The revised curriculum helps to develop pupils? skills, knowledge and understanding in an exciting and meaningful way. However, there is scope for further refinement to develop opportunities for pupils to apply and extend their written and mathematics skills. Teachers plan lessons that engage pupils. They ensure that there are plenty of opportunities for pupils to work together to investigate and develop their ideas. Highly skilled teaching assistants are used well to support pupils? learning. This includes effective support for pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities. As a result, these pupils are making good progress and are fully included in the wider life of the school. In most year groups and across the curriculum, pupils are making good progress. However, not enough middle-attaining pupils attain the higher standards, particularly in writing and mathematics. This is because work is not consistently challenging enough. Pupils read well, widely and regularly. They quickly acquire and apply their phonic knowledge to support them in their reading and their spelling. Pupils behave well. They move sensibly and safely around the school. In lessons, pupils are independent and well motivated. They develop good learning behaviours, which prepare them well for the next stages of their education. Children get off to a good start in the early years. They enjoy playing, learning and exploring. Children are supported and cared for well by the adults.