Mayplace Primary School

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About Mayplace Primary School

Name Mayplace Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Head Teacher Ms Rachael Flaherty
Address Woodside Road, Barnehurst, DA7 6EQ
Phone Number 01322523256
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 600
Local Authority Bexley
Highlights from Latest Inspection


There has been no change to this school's overall judgement of good as a result of this ungraded (section 8) inspection. However, the evidence gathered suggests that the inspection grade might be outstanding if a graded (section 5) inspection were carried out now. The school's next inspection will be a graded inspection.

The headteacher of this school is Rachael Flaherty. This school is part of Primary First Trust which means other people in the trust also have responsibility for running the school. The trust is run by the chief executive officer, Andrew Moorhouse, and overseen by a board of trustees, chaired by William Harwood.

What is it like to attend this school?

There is an ai...r of excitement and enthusiasm about learning across the school. The school has designed an ambitious curriculum to equip pupils to understand the wider world. Pupils articulate their learning well.

They remember key content, so that they are fully ready for new learning. Pupils have a mature understanding of differences. They support and encourage each other with their learning.

The school has high expectations for all pupils. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) experience a rich curriculum. Behaviour is positive across the school.

Pupils work hard and concentrate on their learning because they enjoy it. Pupils and all staff experience respectful, warm relationships. Pupils trust the adults in the school and know they will keep them safe.

The school offers a wide range of enrichment opportunities. Leaders know their pupils and families well. They provide targeted pastoral support to nurture and encourage all pupils.

The school values underpin the high expectations for behaviour and attitudes to learning. Staff encourage pupils to take ownership of their learning and to use critical thinking skills. Older pupils value the residential trips, which develop their working as a team.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders have considered the knowledge, skills and vocabulary that they want pupils to know. Teachers encourage pupils to use key vocabulary accurately in lessons. For instance, in Year 6 art, pupils effectively described the variety of printing types and the techniques applied.

The strong start to learning begins in the early years. Adults use ambitious vocabulary when interacting with children. They ask questions and repeat correct vocabulary back, so that children become confident.

For example, in Reception class, adults extended children's vocabulary to describe the items they collected in the forest. This helps pupils to deepen their understanding very well.

Teachers have strong subject knowledge.

They use this to model learning and to extend pupils' thinking. For example, teachers enabled Year 5 pupils to understand about historical invasions while learning about the Spanish Armada. Pupils with SEND access the same learning as their peers.

Leaders share their expertise with staff, so that they have effective approaches to adapt learning. As a result, all pupils focus very well in their lessons. Teachers tailor the learning to meet individual pupils needs.

Creating a love of reading is a high priority across the school. Key texts expose pupils to a variety of reading genres. Use of a variety of texts help pupils understand the community and wider world.

Language and communication skills start in Nursery, where texts and vocabulary are chosen carefully. Leaders work with parents to share the importance of early reading and language skills. Regular training has enabled the phonics programme to be delivered consistently across the school.

Teachers check pupil understanding in lessons and provide additional support, where required. Pupils know their sounds and can blend effectively.

Pupils are polite and well mannered.

They are eager to engage in conversation and ask questions. High expectations for behaviour begin as soon as children start school. Effective routines are embedded.

From the early years, children learn to identify and understand their emotions. The school teaches strategies to help maintain positive feelings. Pupils with SEND learn to understand correct choices.

All staff have a consistent approach to supporting positive behaviour. Playtimes are fun and energetic with pupils enjoying a range of activities and creating games together. Children respect and support each other.

Leaders monitor behaviour and attendance and are responsive to any concerns.

Leaders promote pupils' character development exceptionally well. Pupils learn to respect other people's faiths, cultures, and choices.

Teachers encourage pupils to challenge stereotypes, including those relating to gender. They encourage pupils to have a voice and know that their opinions matter. Leaders provide opportunities for pupils to become conscientious local and global citizens.

There are a wide range of leadership roles for pupils to support the school community. Peer mentors and well-being ambassadors take their responsibility of supporting younger pupils seriously.

The school and trust leaders evaluate and reflect on the effectiveness of their strategic work.

They strive to make continual improvements to the curriculum offer for all pupils. Effective communication between those responsible for governance and the school ensures a shared strategic vision. Staff are proud to work at the school and enjoy the collaborative team approach.

They value the support they receive from leaders to develop their work and consider their well-being.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good on 6 and 7 June 2017.

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