Vale View Community School

Name Vale View Community School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 June 2013
Address Vale View Road, Elms Vale, Dover, Kent, CT17 9NP
Phone Number 01304202821
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 219 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.0
Academy Sponsor Whinless Down Academy Trust
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 30.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 12.3%
Persisitent Absence 15.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

Vale View is an average-sized primary school. It is federated with Aylesham Primary School in the Colliers Vale Federation. The schools share an executive headteacher, special educational needs coordinator and governing body. Although the school is mixed, there is a higher than average proportion of boys. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium (additional funding, in this school, for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals) is above average. Most pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic heritages is below average and the proportion whose first language is not English is just below average. The main minority groups of pupils come from Baltic countries or from Eastern Europe. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs and are supported through school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is just below average. The majority of this group have speech, language and communication needs. In 2012, the school did not meet the government’s floor standard, which sets the minimum levels for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school is likely to meet the floor standard this year. Higher than average numbers of pupils join or leave the school during the year. The school does not have alternative provision for any of its pupils.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils throughout the school make good progress. Their reading, writing and mathematics skills have improved dramatically since the previous inspection and are now broadly average. Pupils in Year 6 have made exceptional progress during the past year so that they have made up much of the ground lost due to previous inadequate provision. The rapid improvement in pupils’ achievement is because the quality of teaching is good overall and outstanding in Years 2 and 6. Sharply focused support helps different groups, including pupils with special educational needs, those eligible for pupil premium funding and those at the early stages of learning English, to make equally good progress. Teachers make good use of information about what pupils know already and what they need to do next. They make learning lively, interesting and relevant. Pupils behave well in and out of lessons. Their attitudes to learning have improved and they are confident, cooperative, responsible and keen to learn. Senior leaders, including governors, pursue improvement systematically and relentlessly. They know what needs to be done and focus correctly on those actions which improve the education and achievement of all pupils. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ achievement could be even better, particularly in writing. Teaching is not good enough to be judged outstanding in all classes. Attendance, although improving, is still below average.