Lunsford Primary School

Name Lunsford Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 June 2013
Address Swallow Road, Larkfield, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 6PY
Phone Number 01732843352
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 208 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.6
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 13.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.8%
Persisitent Absence 5%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium, the additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, looked afted children and those with a parent in the armed forces, is lower than the national average. The proportion of pupils identified with special educational needs requiring school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is smaller than is found in other schools. The school meets the current government floor standards for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. In the Early Years Foundation Stage there is one Reception class. The headteacher started at the school at Easter 2013 following a period when the school had been led by an interim headteacher.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils achieve well. They make good progress from starting points that are similar to national expectations. When they leave at the end of Year 6 their attainment in English and mathematics is above average. Good teaching ensures that pupils are taught the necessary key skills to help them to become successful learners. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is good and there are excellent relationships at the school. Pupils feel safe and enjoy coming to school. Regular checks by senior leaders on the quality of teaching ensure that lessons are effective in helping pupils to make good progress. The governing body has established a monitoring strategy which makes sure that leadership is effective in maintaining good achievement. Governors are highly effective in asking senior leaders searching questions about pupils’ achievements and the quality of teaching. Parents provide good support by working well with the school. Pupils’ attendance is above average. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils do not make outstanding progress in enough lessons. They do not have sufficient opportunities to take make decisions about their work because they are too dependent on adults to tell them what to do. The outside area for Early Years Foundation Stage does not give children enough opportunity to discover things for themselves.