Temple Mill Primary School

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About Temple Mill Primary School

Name Temple Mill Primary School
Website https://www.templemill-that.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Mrs Lisa Lewis
Address Cliffe Road, Strood, Rochester, ME2 3NL
Phone Number 01634629079
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 247
Local Authority Medway
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Temple Mill Primary School continues to be a good school.

The principal of this school is Lisa Lewis. This school is part of The Howard Academy Trust, which means other people in the trust also have responsibility for running the school.

The trust is run by the chief executive officer, Owen McColgan, and overseen by a board of trustees, chaired by Dan McDonald.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are rightly proud of their nurturing and inclusive school. They love coming to school and enjoy learning.

The school is determined that all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), will achieve their very best. This is e...mbedded in the school motto of 'Give your best, expect success', which is demonstrated very well in every aspect of school life. As a result, pupils achieve well.

Staff know the pupils very well and there are strong and trusting relationships. Consequently, pupils feel safe, happy, well supported and cared for. Pupils are friendly and polite.

They are kind and look out for each other. They behave very well in lessons and around the school.

Pupils relish the many opportunities to take on leadership roles, such as being members of the school council, head pupils, house captains and librarians.

They make an active and positive contribution to the school community and learn what it means to be responsible, respectful citizens in the wider community.

Pupils learn how to stay safe, including online, and how to keep themselves healthy. They appreciate the clubs and extra opportunities the school offers and the trips and visitors that help bring learning to life.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school's curriculum is broad and ambitious for all pupils, including those with SEND and other disadvantaged pupils. The school has reviewed the curriculum carefully and pupils achieve well. The school identifies the needs of pupils accurately.

Appropriate adaptations and skilled support ensure that all pupils, including those with SEND, have opportunities to learn and access the full curriculum.

Teachers explain ideas clearly and model new learning accurately for pupils. They check pupils' understanding in order to inform their subsequent teaching and make adjustments to meet pupils' needs.

Recent work on the curriculum is having a positive impact. Opportunities for pupils to discuss and share their thinking are built into lessons. Pupils frequently revisit prior learning through 'Memory Moments', and as a result, remember what they have been taught.

The school is rightly aware that expectations in some subjects should be even higher and more consistent, for example in the presentation of pupils' work and the depth of pupils' knowledge and understanding.

There is a clear sequence for learning important knowledge, skills and vocabulary from Nursery to Year 6. By the end of Reception, children are ready to continue learning in Year 1.

There is a successful focus on children's speech, language and communication development. The environment inside and outside supports the development of early reading, writing and number skills as well as inspiring children's curiosity, independence and imagination. Parents appreciate this, with one commenting, 'He is able to be outside in the mud kitchen, planting and finding dinosaur bones (stones).'

Reading has high priority in the school. Children in the early years enjoy learning a range of rhymes and songs as well as learning to love books and stories. They learn phonics skills through a structured and well-delivered programme, which begins as soon as they start in Nursery.

Children quickly learn the sounds that letters make and enjoy learning them. They read books that match the sounds they know. Pupils who are falling behind are given additional help to catch up quickly.

Pupils are introduced to a wide range of increasingly challenging quality texts and most develop as confident readers.

Pupils have very positive attitudes to learning. Lessons are purposeful and there is a calm, ordered and supportive ethos throughout the school.

Pupils' good attendance and behaviour helps them to learn well. The school has worked with real determination to successfully improve attendance and punctuality over time. Parents are very positive about the school and the supportive partnerships that are forged.

The school is inclusive and all pupils can learn without interruption. Pupils understand, respect and appreciate difference within the community and the wider world. They develop independence, resilience and life-long learning skills.

For example, 'Talking Point' assemblies help pupils to listen and appreciate the opinions of others even if they do not agree with them. The school is unwavering in its work to ensure that pupils' well-being is paramount and that they develop personal skills which stand them in good stead for later life.

The staff are a strong team who are proud and happy to work at the school.

They appreciate the consideration of their workload and well-being. Trust leaders and governors know the school well. They work closely with the school to continue to make improvements, providing effective support and challenge.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Revisions and refinements to the curriculum have not yet embedded fully in some subjects. Expectations are not consistently high.

Consequently, sometimes the depth of pupils' knowledge and understanding and, for some pupils, the quality of the presentation of their work are not as good as they could be. The school should continue to embed its ambitious curriculum to ensure that all pupils consistently achieve as well as they can.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in October 2018.

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