Tatsfield Primary School

Name Tatsfield Primary School
Website http://www.tatsfield.surrey.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 07 March 2012
Address 3 Ship Hill, Tatsfield, Nr Westerham, Kent, TN16 2AH
Phone Number 01959577356
Type Academy
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 200 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.1
Academy Sponsor Tandridge Learning Trust
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 4.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 5.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Tatsfield is smaller than the average sized primary school. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average. Their needs relate mainly to speech, language and communication and specific learning difficulties. Provision is made for the Early Years Foundation Stage in a Reception class. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school has gained several awards including Healthy Schools Status.

Key findings

Tatsfield is a good school. Staff and pupils have settled well into the good and well-organised learning environment of the new school. In order to become an outstanding school, further improvement is needed in raising achievement in writing, the consistency and accuracy of matching pupils’ work to National Curriculum levels and the overview of the progress of all groups of learners. Pupils, including disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, achieve well and make good progress from their starting points. Most pupils reach the expected or higher level of attainment by the end of Year 6. However, an increasing number of pupils start at the school in Years 3 to 6, often with specific learning needs and have less time to catch up and so attainment is broadly average. The school has correctly identified a continuing focus on writing to further raise achievement particularly for boys. Teaching inspires and motivates pupils and lessons are well planned to effectively meet the needs of different abilities. Teachers’ assessments in lessons are good but the match of pupils’ work to National Curriculum levels sometimes lacks accuracy. The school provides a safe, secure environment for learning. Pupils have good attitudes to learning and enjoy school. This is reflected in their attendance, which is above average. They are polite, friendly, considerate and caring and good behaviour makes a positive contribution to their learning and a well-ordered, happy school community. Leaders, including the governing body, share high aspirations and ambition for the school’s future. Targets for the performance management of all staff are well linked to school priorities and monitoring of teaching is clearly focused on learning; where weaknesses are identified, effective support is given. The overview of pupils’ progress needs to be presented more efficiently.