Plaxtol Primary School

Name Plaxtol Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 January 2013
Address School Lane, Plaxtol, Sevenoaks, TN15 0QD
Phone Number 01732810200
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 91 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.6
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 5.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 8.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 3.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

Plaxtol is a smaller than average-sized primary school. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is below average as is the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives additional funding (the pupil premium), because they are known to be eligible for free school meals, is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school makes provision for the Early Years Foundation Stage in a Reception class. There is a nursery on the school site, which is managed by a private provider and not included in this inspection. The school uses no alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Achievement is good. Standards in reading, writing and mathematics have risen since the previous inspection. Pupils make good progress throughout the school and generally reach above average attainment by the time they leave. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make similar progress to others, as do pupils supported by the pupil premium funding. Teaching is good and sometimes outstanding. Lessons are fun and interesting. There are excellent relationships between staff and pupils. Pupils’ excellent attitudes and good behaviour help them to learn well and work hard. Pupils enjoy coming to school as shown in their above average attendance. Pupils say they feel safe in school and that they are looked after well and treated fairly. Leadership and management are good. The school has improved from its satisfactory position at the previous inspection. Regular checks are made on the quality of teaching and pupils’ progress. The governing body is effective in supporting the school and driving improvement. It is not yet an outstanding school because: There is not enough outstanding teaching, so not enough pupils are making more than the expected progress. Work is not always sufficiently demanding for more able pupils and so they do not always make the progress they are capable of. Pupils are not always clear about the next steps they need to take to improve their work. Not enough pupils reach the higher level of attainment in reading by the end of Key Stage 1. The systems for recording and monitoring the support for disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs are not as rigorous as the rest of the school’s monitoring procedures.