Lime Tree Primary School

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About Lime Tree Primary School

Name Lime Tree Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Ms Sue Hawker
Address South Bank Terrace, Surbiton, Kingston upon Thames, KT6 6DG
Phone Number 02083909544
Phase Primary
Type Foundation school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 351 (51.3% boys 48.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.8
Local Authority Kingston upon Thames
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Since the last full inspection in 2014, leaders and governors have not maintained the good quality of education provided.

The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is inconsistent across the school. Teachers do not have consistently high expectations of what pupils can achieve. They do not routinely use their assessment information well to set tasks that meet pupils' needs.

Consequently, most pupils' progress is variable. Teachers' subject knowledge, especially in mathematics, is not sufficiently strong. While pupils are given opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in a wide range of... subjects, the activities do not regularly deepen pupils' learning, particularly for the most able.

Some teachers do not provide pupils with sufficient opportunities to apply their mathematical skills to other subjects. Although pupils are given opportunities to use their writing skills in other subjects, it is inconsistent across the school. Leaders across the school including governors have yet to fully develop their strategic roles to secure further and more rapid improvement.

Middle leaders are new to their roles. The impact of their work is in the early stages. They cannot be certain that pupils are making strong progress in their respective subjects.

Pupils' behaviour in lessons and during social times varies. It is not consistently good during lessons. This affects pupils' learning and their progress.

The school has the following strengths Pupils told inspectors that they feel safe at school. They know how to stay safe. The early years foundation stage is good.

Teaching is effective and children make strong progress from their low starting points. The provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is effective. Consequently, these pupils make good progress in their learning.

Pupils are polite and respectful.

Information about this school

There have been significant changes to the senior leadership team. The headteacher was appointed in September 2018 and the deputy headteacher in January 2019.

The four assistant headteachers are relatively new to their posts. The school receives support from representatives of the local authority and is closely monitored by them. The school has a specialist resource provision for 21 pupils who have autistic spectrum disorder or social and communication needs.

The school is part of the Surbiton Education Health Trust. This school is larger when compared to an average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils with SEND education, health and care plans is above the national average.