Otford Primary School

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About Otford Primary School

Name Otford Primary School
Website http://www.otford.kent.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Helen Roberts
Address High Street, Otford, Sevenoaks, TN14 5PG
Phone Number 01959523145
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 332
Local Authority Kent
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Otford Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils and staff embrace the school's values of courage, kindness and curiosity.

Pupils are polite and respectful. They feel safe and enjoy coming to school. Pupils respond well to the high expectations that the school has of their achievement.

Pupils are interested in their learning and talk about it with pride. Their work is displayed creatively and celebrated throughout the school.

Pupils' well-being is a priority.

There is a range of pastoral support across the school that pupils can access if they need to. Pupils consider the 'peaceful pod,' the 'listening ear...' and the 'nest' to be safe places where they can go to speak to a trusted adult about any worries they may have or to get some help to manage their feelings positively.

There is a good range of opportunities for pupils to develop beyond the academic curriculum.

For example, pupils learn to play musical instruments, including the keyboard and ukelele. They enjoy forest school sessions. Pupils experience a range of sports and many take part in local competitions.

Pupils are proud to represent their school as a 'community ambassador' or a house captain. One parent, reflecting the views of many, commented, 'There is a clear ethos of community, equality and care for each child.'

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

The school has recently reviewed and refined the curriculum, which is ambitious and reflects the school's values.

Learning begins strongly in the early years, where adults support children effectively to explore and to be independent. Children thrive in this vibrant environment. Pupils' thirst for learning continues throughout the school, with pupils rising to the challenges they are set.

They talk about their learning enthusiastically, for example about their knowledge of civilizations from the past that they have gained in history. Teachers adapt tasks to ensure all pupils achieve well, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Staff check pupils' understanding diligently.

Pupils rightly take great delight in sharing their work with adults and each other. The school is rightly focused on ensuring that the ambitions of the new curriculum are realised fully so that pupils achieve as well as they could. A robust and clearly defined monitoring system is in place to support this, but it is not yet consistently applied across the school.

The school rightly recognises reading as an essential skill in enabling pupils to access the wider curriculum. High-quality texts are chosen carefully to enrich the curriculum, widen pupils' vocabulary and promote reading for pleasure. Staff know how to teach reading effectively and are highly skilled in supporting pupils to prevent them from falling behind.

Adults make sure that pupils read books that are appropriate for their stage of reading, which supports them to become successful readers. Having an interest in, and a love of, reading helps pupils to develop a wide and varied vocabulary, which they use in their writing. Pupils and staff enjoy their daily story time, and pupils really value the newly refurbished library, which has a wide range of books.

Pupils are kind to each other. They behave well in lessons and show positive attitudes towards their learning. This is because adults have established clear routines and expectations which are reinforced through positive praise and effective behaviour management.

The school provides for pupils' wider development well. A range of educational visits and after-school clubs enrich pupils' experiences. These include history workshops, trips to art galleries and a residential experience in Year 6.

The school has ensured that the personal, social, health and economic education curriculum supports pupils in developing an age-appropriate understanding of their community, the world and relationships. Pupils know how to keep themselves physically and mentally healthy. They learn about different religions, faiths and cultures.

They debate and discuss key questions in lessons. They learn how to keep safe online. Pupils relish the range of leadership roles, including 'playground pals', 'reading buddies' and sports leaders, which help them to contribute positively to the school community.

The school has high expectations and aspirations for pupils. Staff feel valued, supported and proud of the school. Governors know the school well and offer appropriate support and challenge.

They fulfil their statutory duties with diligence.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• The aims of the ambitious curriculum are not yet realised fully.

Consequently, in a few subjects, pupils may not yet achieve as well as they could. The school should continue its work to monitor the implementation of the curriculum to ensure that it is highly effective in all subjects.


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 second ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in November 2013.

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