Keston Church of England Primary School

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Keston Church of England Primary School

Name Keston Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 September 2018
Address Lakes Road, Keston, Kent, BR2 6BN
Phone Number 01689858399
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 204 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.5
Academy Sponsor Aquinas Church Of England Education Trust Limited
Local Authority Bromley
Percentage Free School Meals 7.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.4%
Persisitent Absence 11.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average-sized primary school. The school is a voluntary-controlled Church of England primary academy in the Diocese of Rochester. Its most recent diocesan inspection took place in July 2014. The school is a member of the Aquinas Church of England Education Trust, which it joined in 2014. The proportions of pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds and of pupils who speak English as an additional language are lower than average. There are far fewer than average disadvantaged pupils in the school. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is lower than average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders and members of the trust clearly identify priorities for improvement, and they work together seamlessly to meet these. For example, outcomes at key stage 2 rose by a large degree last year. Leaders have excellent systems for developing teachers’ professional expertise, both in school and across the trust. Children get off to a good start in early years. Teaching meets their needs. Improvements to early years provision mean that more children are now well prepared for joining Year 1. The curriculum is a strength of the school. Pupils have many opportunities to excel in sports, the arts and music as well as in more academic subjects. Leaders foster pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development exceptionally well. Roles and responsibilities within school and trust-wide events prepare pupils well for life in secondary school and beyond. Provision for pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities and for the most able pupils is highly effective. These groups make strong progress. Leaders have a deep understanding of the school’s context. This enables them to meet pupils’ pastoral needs exceptionally well, especially in terms of ensuring that the most vulnerable pupils get the support that they need. Pupils are extremely thoughtful and considerate. They have very positive views about those with different lifestyles and beliefs and actively promote diversity, tolerance and respect. They are proud to represent the school at external events, such as musical performances and sporting competitions. Teaching is effective and leads to good progress. However, on occasion, teachers miss opportunities to intervene during lessons to move pupils’ learning on even further. Pupils have great ideas and use sophisticated vocabulary to bring their writing to life. However, handwriting is often poor, and this can sometimes affect pupils’ spelling and limit the quantity of work produced. Occasionally, pupils can be overly dependent on adult support. When this happens, progress slows as pupils wait for advice rather than attempting to complete their work themselves.