The John Wesley Church of England Methodist Voluntary Aided Primary School

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The John Wesley Church of England Methodist Voluntary Aided Primary School


Name The John Wesley Church of England Methodist Voluntary Aided Primary School
Website http://www.john-wesley.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Wesley School Road, Cuckoo Lane, Ashford, TN23 5LW
Phone Number 01233614660
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England/Methodist
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 436 (48.4% boys 51.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.8
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 17.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 11.4%
Persistent Absence 6.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.1%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (12 January 2012)
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Information about the school

John Wesley is a combined Church of England and Methodist faith school which has steadily grown since it opened in 2007. It is now of average size compared to other primary schools. Each year group has its own class and, since September 2011, there are two Reception classes in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The school continues to attract an above-average proportion of pupils with special educational needs. These are mainly social, emotional and behavioural difficulties or specific learning difficulties. The proportion of pupils joining the school other than at the usual time is greater than normally seen, and is particularly high in Years 5 and 6. Most pupils are White British with a much smaller-than-average percentage from minority ethnic backgrounds. A very small minority of pupils speak English as an additional language, and few are at a very early stage of learning English. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is broadly average. The school did not meet the government floor standard for performance in 2011. The school shares its site with a nursery school which is not managed by the governing body and was not part of this inspection.

Key findings

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress in their learning within an environment that places strong emphasis on pupils? spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. As a result, the school operates harmoniously on a day-to-day basis. Behaviour is typically good and, on the rare occasions when problems such as bullying occur, the school?s robust systems ensure that issues are dealt with fairly and consistently. This ensures that pupils feel safe. Many pupils join John Wesley Primary from other schools as it has quickly gained a reputation in the local area for providing well for pupils who have previously experienced difficulties. This is particularly the case in Key Stage 2 and contributes to the school having a greater-than-average proportion of pupils with special educational needs. Nevertheless, good teaching ensures that older pupils who transfer from other schools improve their rate of progress and achieve well. Progress is more variable in Key Stage 1 as some teaching in these classes is more effective, such as in mathematics, so that pupils? learning advances more quickly than it does in reading and writing. Although pupils? attainment by the end of Key Stage 2 is broadly average, it is lower in English than in mathematics. School leaders and the governing body effectively use accurate information about how well pupils make progress over time to identify the school?s strengths and weaknesses. Consequently, they fully understand which areas require development. Appropriate actions are planned and implemented to address these issues and they are successful over time. However, the governing body?s strategies for holding middle leaders to account are not always rigorous enough in checking the short-term impact of changes to provision on pupils? attainment and progress.