Rolvenden Primary School

Name Rolvenden Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 27 November 2012
Address Hastings Road, Rolvenden, Cranbrook, TN17 4LS
Phone Number 01580241444
Type Academy
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 96 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.6
Academy Sponsor Tenterden Schools Trust
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 10.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.8%
Persisitent Absence 8.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 4.8%
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

Rolvenden is a much smaller primary school than the national average. Numbers in each year group fluctuate widely each year. Some years have as few as five pupils while the last Year 6 group was made up of 17 pupils. The school has three mixed-age classes comprising a Reception Year and Year 1 class, a Year 2/3 class and a class for Years 4, 5 and 6 pupils. At various times of day these classes split into either year or ability groups. Almost all pupils come from a White British background. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs fluctuates widely as does the number entitled to free school meals. As a result, no meaningful comparison can be made with national figures. Nevertheless, the proportions of pupils on the school’s register of special educational needs who are supported at school action and those at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs are all below the national average. The proportion of pupils who are entitled to free school meals is above average. All the pupils receiving free school meals are entitled to pupil premium, which is the extra government funding provided to support the progress of specific groups of pupils, including those known to be eligible for free school meals. The school meets the government’s floor targets which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school does not use alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school has continued well on its road of improvement. As a result, pupils make good progress throughout the school due to the good quality of individual teaching support they receive. Pupils are proud of their school. They are polite and courteous to visitors and to each other. They have a clear sense of right and wrong and play safely with each other. Teaching, all of which is good, also has examples of exemplary practice, particularly for the younger pupils. The headteacher has a good understanding of what needs to be done to move this good school to being outstanding and the capability to achieve it. All staff and governors share her vision and ambition. The school uses comparative national and local data about pupils’ progress well to ensure that, even with the small numbers in each year, any underperformance is quickly eradicated. The school has developed a wide range of high-quality extra activities, linked to various subjects, that help to prepare pupils well for when they move on to their next school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Although teachers use a wide range of ways to check pupils’ progress, marking is not sophisticated enough. Pupils do not always know how well they are doing on a day-by-day basis. Not all leaders take a strong enough role in checking and evaluating whole-school improvement.