|Name||The John Wesley Church of England Methodist Voluntary Aided Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Address||Wesley School Road, Cuckoo Lane, Ashford, TN23 5LW|
|Religious Character||Church of England/Methodist|
|Number of Pupils||436 (48.4% boys 51.6% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.8|
|Percentage Free School Meals||17.9%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||11.4%|
|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.
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.