Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes

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Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes


Name Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes
Website http://www.holboroughlakes.viat.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 October 2018
Address Holborough Lakes, Pollyfield Close, Snodland, Kent, ME6 5GR
Phone Number 01634242839
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 161 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.4
Academy Sponsor Valley Invicta Academies Trust
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 14.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 11.8%
Persisitent Absence 10.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The school opened in September 2015. It is part of Valley Invicta Academies Trust. The board of trustees has overall responsibility for governance but delegates some of these responsibilities to a local school board. The school has a single-form intake. It also incorporates an eight-place specialist resourced provision. This provision is specifically for pupils who have social, emotional and mental health needs. They do some of their learning in the specialist resourced provision and join their peers for other parts of the curriculum. The percentage of pupils eligible for pupil premium is low compared with other school nationally. The percentage of pupils who receive support for special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities is broadly average compared with other schools nationally. The majority of pupils are of white British origin. Very few are believed to speak English as an additional language.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Senior leaders’ effective work is having a significant impact on raising standards, particularly through their prompt challenge and support to improve teaching where necessary. Valley Invicta Academies Trust (VIAT) provides highly effective support to the school. It has taken swift and effective action to improve standards. Governance is effective. The local board and the wider trust work well together to ensure that their legal duties are met. Their collective rigorous challenge to leaders ensures that standards in the school are improving. Teaching is typically good. Where teaching remains less strong, expectations for what pupils can achieve are not consistently high, including in early years. Most pupils learn well across subjects, and enjoy an interesting and relevant range of topics and themes. The most able pupils usually receive work that challenges them and encourages them to think more deeply. At times, though, expectations for what these pupils can achieve remains limited. The school provides highly effective additional support for vulnerable pupils and those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities. As a result, they learn well. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong. Pupils show respect for each other’s differences and treat everyone well. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They are proud of their school, cooperate well with each other and understand the school’s high expectations. Pupils enjoy their learning, and most take pride in their work, particularly where expectations for the standard of their work are high. They listen attentively in class and are eager to do well. Pupils feel safe and happy at school and are well looked after. They say it is a ‘kind’ and ‘content’ school. The specialist resourced provision offers strong and sensitive support for pupils who have complex needs.