Temple Hill Primary Academy

Name Temple Hill Primary Academy
Website http://www.temple-hill.kent.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 June 2019
Address St Edmund’s Road, Temple Hill, Dartford, Kent, DA1 5ND
Phone Number 01322224600
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 797 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.2
Academy Sponsor The Galaxy Trust
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 22.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 31.5%
Persisitent Absence 21.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 21.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

Temple Hill Primary School converted to academy status in September 2016 when it joined The Galaxy Trust. Temple Hill Primary Academy is a member of The Galaxy Trust. The board of trustees is the accountable body for the school. The trust has worked with school leaders to provide strategic direction in order to improve the school. Temple Hill Primary Academy is larger than the average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are of White British background. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above average. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged is above the national average for primary schools. The proportion of pupils with SEND is well above the national average for primary schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders, trustees and governors have high aspirations for all pupils. They have worked together, with a clear moral purpose, to improve standards across the school. In 2018, pupils at the end of key stage 2 made slower rates of progress in reading than other pupils nationally with similar starting points. Their rates of progress in writing and mathematics were in line with other pupils nationally. Current pupils make strong progress in writing and mathematics. In reading, current pupils are making increasingly strong progress but this still lags behind writing and mathematics. Teaching meets the needs of pupils because : lessons are well planned, and teachers know their pupils well. The curriculum is broad, balanced and appropriate. Governors use their expertise to challenge leaders and monitor the effects of their actions. Safeguarding is effective. There is a strong safeguarding culture within the school. However, risk assessments for external trips are not sharp enough. In early years, strong leadership, good teaching and a vibrant and engaging environment mean that children make good progress. They are well prepared to enter key stage 1. Pupils are happy, confident and smart. They are enthusiastic about their school and keen to talk positively about it. Behaviour in lessons and around school is good. Pupils conduct themselves well and consider the feelings of others when they are together.