Tenterden Infant School


Name Tenterden Infant School
Website http://www.tenterdenprimaryfederation.kent.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 February 2012
Address Recreation Ground Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6RA
Phone Number 01580762086
Type Academy
Age Range 5-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.1
Academy Sponsor Tenterden Schools Trust
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 15.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.4%
Persisitent Absence 4.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about the school

This two-form entry school is smaller than an average-sized school. The Early Years Foundation Stage comprises two Reception classes. There is also an on-site Children’s Centre. This is managed by an external provider and is inspected separately. Since the last inspection, the school has entered into a formal collaboration with its partner junior school in preparation for the hard federation of both schools from September 2012. A new executive headteacher, previously headteacher of the infant school, was appointed in September 2010. The school has developed the Early Years Foundation Stage outdoor learning area since the previous inspection. The largest group of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who are from minority ethnic heritages is well below average. There are no pupils who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is well below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is well below average. The school has achieved Healthy School status and ECO (Silver) awards.

Key findings

Tenterden Infant School is a good school with many notable strengths. It has improved well and has good capacity to be even better. Pupils feel very happy, hold extremely positive attitudes, feel very safe and clearly love learning. As a result, their behaviour is exemplary and characterised by excellent manners and courtesy. Under the good leadership of the executive headteacher, the school has continued to thrive. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage get off to a good start, particularly in reading and writing. Pupils make at least good progress in their learning so that by the end of Year 2, pupils achieve well because the school has high expectations of them. Above average achievement, particularly in reading, has been sustained since the last inspection and progress in writing has accelerated because of the school’s significant focus on the development of literacy skills. Progress in mathematics is slower than in reading and writing. Teaching is good, and sometimes better, and regularly enthuses pupils. Nevertheless, in a very few lessons, particularly in mathematics, teachers do not always provide activities that extend and challenge pupils, use and extend number skills or develop problem-solving, in order to accelerate progress, particularly for the more able. Pupils’ awareness of spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues and respect for diversity are promoted extremely well through special events, attractive school displays, charity fund-raising and community projects The headteacher and deputy headteacher are a dynamic partnership. They work well together to guide and support staff, and are determined to accelerate pupils’ progress in mathematics. This has created confidence and a real sense of purpose amongst the whole school community.