Penshurst Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

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Penshurst Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

Name Penshurst Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address High Street, Penshurst, Tonbridge, TN11 8BX
Phone Number 01892870446
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 80 (41.3% boys 58.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.1
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 13.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.2%
Persistent Absence 5.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 19.8%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (01 May 2013)
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Information about this school

This is a much smaller-than-average-sized primary school serving its local community. The majority of pupils are White British. Around one sixth are from minority ethnic heritages, which is below that of schools nationally. No pupils are known to speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported by school action is broadly average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well below average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium (additional funding made available by the government for pupils eligible for free school meals, or who are in local authority care or from service families) is well below average. Currently, there are no pupils in the latter two categories. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school is a welcoming place where pupils are keen to learn and this helps them to make good progress. Their positive attitudes to learning prepare them well for their next schools. Children have a happy and secure start in Reception and they make strong gains in their learning as they progress through Key Stage 1. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness is strong and as a result, pupils are polite, caring and behave well around the school and in lessons. Pupils feel very safe; they like their teachers and are confident that adults will be quick to respond to their needs. The quality of teaching is typically good throughout the school and pupils say that teachers make ‘learning fun’ in many lessons. The drive and vision of the headteacher and governors are succeeding in raising the expectations of what pupils can achieve, especially in Key Stage 2. Governors support and challenge the school well. The overwhelming majority of parents and carers are very supportive of the school and speak highly of the specific support their children receive. The school has strong relationships with the local community and values its place at the heart of village life. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Not enough teaching is yet outstanding. The work in lessons is not always matched accurately enough to the abilities of all pupils. In 2012 the progress of some Year 6 pupils had not been checked systematically enough and their progress slowed as a result. The variable quality of marking means that it does not always give pupils clear guidance on what they need to do to move their learning on.