Shipbourne School

Name Shipbourne School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Stumble Hill, Shipbourne, Tonbridge, TN11 9PB
Phone Number 01732810344
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 56 (46.4% boys 53.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.4
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 17.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 17.5%
Persistent Absence 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (24 March 2015)
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Information about this school

This school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. Significant changes have taken place since the last inspection. The headteacher was appointed in September 2013. There has been a high turnover of staff. Staffing from September 2014 has been stable. Pupils are taught in three mixed-age classes. These are a combined Reception and Year 1 class; a combined Years 2 and 3 class; and a combined Years 4, 5 and 6 class. The Reception children attend full time. Most pupils are of White British heritage and speak English as their first language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is much lower than the national average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is much lower than the national average. This is additional government funding to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. In 2014, there were no Year 6 pupils receiving this support. The school is part of the Tonbridge Village Collaboration, a group of five local primary schools. 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 headteacher leads the school very well. She is passionate in bringing about lasting improvements. She is absolutely determined to make the school an exciting and enriching place for learning. Standards at the end of Year 2 and Year 6 are above national averages in reading, writing and mathematics. All groups of pupils, including the most able, make good progress in their learning. Some pupils make rapid progress in their reading and mathematics. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning. Pupils want to learn and to achieve to the best of their ability. They work hard and support each other very well. Teaching has improved considerably and is now consistently good. All members of staff form an effective team where every pupil is known as an individual. All pupils thrive in the school’s nurturing environment. Attendance is above average. Pupils of all ages enjoy coming to school. They say they love the topics they study. The school’s curriculum is rich, vibrant and exciting. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of the pupils is a strength of the school and underpins everything it does. Children get off to a good start in the Reception class, because teaching is good. Regular and accurate checks ensure pupils make good progress from their starting points. The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding. Pupils say they feel very safe. This view is strongly supported by all staff and parents. Leaders and managers, together with governors, are totally committed to providing a high standard of education for all pupils. Leaders’ actions have been effective in improving teaching and achievement significantly since the last inspection. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers do not always ensure that pupils know how to act upon the advice given so that they can make more rapid progress in their writing.