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Ashford Primary Schools

Updated August 2017

Entries on this page include the OFSTED Grade for each Primary School as they are published, also recording change from previous Inspection result, together with some other relevant information below. It is worth using the search engine on the Home Page to pick up other references to individual schools.

You can read the full Report on each Primary School at OFSTED. In September 2012, OFSTED revised its Inspection Grading System, giving each school a main Grade: Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement (previously Satisfactory), and Inadequate (two sub categories - A school that has serious weaknesses is inadequate overall and requires significant improvement but leadership and management are judged to be Grade 3 or better - A school that requires special measures is one where the school is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the school’s leaders, managers or governors have not demonstrated that they have the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school). Each Report carries a brief description of the school before justifying its decision in more detail. If a school is in Special Measures or Serious Weaknesses, the results of further monitoring visits are noted.

You will find an analysis of the enormous pressures on Ashford Primary Places for September 2017 Admissions here, for 2016 here, looking at oversubscription and vacancies, and for 2015 here.

You will find a good website to provide a host of factual data about individual Kent schools here.

Reports published post-August 2016 are in the first table, followed by other tables containing older ones (a school may have been inspected in the summer term of 2016 with a report published after 1st September 2016).



Date Change
Good Nov 16  No change
Mersham Primary Good Sept 16 No change
Furley Park Primary Academy
Sept 16
No change
Phoenix Community Primary Good Dec 16 No change
High Halden CofE Primary Good Jan 17 No change
Hamstreet Primary Academy Good Feb 17 No change
Headcorn Primary Good Mar 17 No change
St Simon of England RC Good Jul 17 No change





Date Change
Ashford St Mary's CofE Good Jun 16 Up one
Brenzett  Special Measures  Nov 15  Down one
Brook Community Good Jan  16 Up one
Christ Church CofE
 Good  Oct 15  Up one
Goat Lees, Kennington Good May 16  New
Great Chart Outstanding Mar 16 Up one
St Michael's CofE, Tenterden
 Nov 15
 Up one
 St Nicholas CofE, New Romney
School Improvement Plan Fit for Purpose
Local Authority Statement Fit for Purpose 
May 2016
Wittersham Good Jun 16  No change

Excerpt from Ashford section of article on oversubscription in primary schools 2015: "One primary school has one vacancy. Other than that, the only school with vacancies is Furley Park, with 20 of its 90 places empty"




Date Change
Beaver Green
Not enough progress to remove SW
Oct 14
East Stour Good Jun 15 No change
Kennington CofE Junior Reasonable progress after SW Sep 14
Lady Joanna Thornhill, Wye Outstanding Jan 15 No change
Pluckley CofE Good Jun 15 No change
Smeeth Good Nov 14 No change
 Victoria Road  Good  Oct 14  Up one
Willesborough Infant Good May 15 Up one

You will find an article discussing Beaver Green here.  You will find Ashford Primary Academies here. 





Date Change


Nov 13 No change
Ashford, St Mary's CofE

Requires Improvement

May 14 Down one
Beaver  Green
Special Measures Dec 13 Down one
After delay, LA Plan fit for purpose
School Improvement Action Plan not fit for purpose
Mar 14
Reasonable progress to removal of SM Jun 14
Bethersden Good Mar 14 Up one
Brabourne CofE Good Oct 13 No change
Brenzett CofE Requires Improvement Sep 13 No change
Brook Community Requires Improvement Oct 13 No change
John Mayne CofE, Biddenden Good Feb 14 No change
Kennington CofE Junior Prog from Serious Weaknesses Sep 13  
Reasonable Progress from SW Feb 14  
Lydd Special Measures Nov 13 Down one
Local Authority Plan not fit for purpose
School Action Plan not fit for purpose
Apr 14
St Michael's CofE, Tenterden
failure to make required improvements
from previous OFSTED (see below)
 Oct 13  
Willesborough Junior Good May 14 No change






Date Change
Ashford Oaks Community Good May 13 Up one
Brookland CofE Good Apr 13 Down one
Charing Good Nov 12 Up one
Egerton Requires Improvement Dec 12 No change
Hamstreet  Satisf progr from SM Oct 12  
Good May 13 Up two
Headcorn Good Jun 13 Up one
High Halden CofE Good Jan 13 Up one
Kennington CofE Junior Serious Weaknesses Dec 13 Down one
Kingsnorth CofE Good Oct 12 Up one
St Michael's Cofe, Tenterden Requires Improvement Jul 13 No change
Smarden Good Mar 13 1st Academy insp
Tenterden Junior Good Jan 13 Up one
Victoria Road  Satisf progr from NtoI Oct 12  
Requires Improvement Jun 13 Up one
Willesborough Infants Requires Improvement Apr 13 Down one


Pre September 2012 Reports


School Grade Date
Aldington Primary Good May 2011
Ashford, St Mary's CofE Primary Good Jun 2010
Ashford Oaks Community Primary Satisfactory Jun 2010
Beaver Green Primary Satisfactory May 2012
Bethersden Primary Satisfactory May 2012
Brenzett CofE Primary Satisfactory Nov 2011
Brook Community Primary Satisfactory  Nov 2011
Challock Primary Outstanding Sep 2011
Downs View Infants, Kennington Outstanding Jun 2010
 East Stour Primary   
Good & Rapidly Improving May 2010
Furley Park Primary Good Nov 2010
Great Chart Primary Good Nov 2010
Godinton Primary Good Feb 2011
Hamstreet Primary  Notice to Improve Feb 2012
High Halden CofE Primary Satisfactory Oct 2010
John Wesley CofE Methodist VA Primary Good Dec 2011
Kennington CofE Junior Satisfactory Jun 2011
Kingsnorth CofE Primary Satisfactory Jun 2010
Linden Grove Primary Special Measures Mar 2012
Mersham Primary Good Jun 2012
Phoenix Primary Good Jul 2012
Pluckley CofE Primary Good Jun 2010
Smarden Satisfactory Oct 2010
Smeeth Primary Good Jun 2011
St Michael's CofE Primary, Tenterden Satisfactory Nov 2010
St Simon of England RC Primary Good Mar 2012
Tenterden Infants Good Feb 2012
Wittersham CofE Primary Good Mar 2012
Woodchurch CofE Primary
Satisfactory Jul 2011