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Dartford Primary Schools

    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. I have provided links to the Reports in most cases. 

    You will find an item about Dartford primary school offers in April 2015, looking at oversubscription and vacancies here.

    The post-August OFSTED 2015 Reports are in the first table, followed by other tables containing older ones.



    OFSTED Grade

    St Anselm's CatholicGoodDec 15No change

    Excerpt from article in the Dartford section on oversubscription and vacancies in Kent primary schools: "There are no vacancies in any school in the town, but again, most parents have been offered one school of their choice, with 34 being allocated places by KCC, nearly all at Temple Hill or Holy Trinity CofE". 



    OFSTED Grade

    DarenthRequires ImprovementNov 14No change
    FleetdownOutstandingSep 14No change
    Horton Kirby CofEGoodFeb 15Up one
    Joyden's Wood JuniorGoodMar 15Down one
    Langafel CofE VCGoodMar 15Up one
    OakfieldGoodNov 14No change
    Temple Hill Requires Improvement Nov 14 No change
    WestgateReasonable progress from SM   Dec 14
    Wilmington Good Jun 15 Up one

     Excerpt from an article on oversubscription in Kent's primary schools, 2014Dartford’s problems fall mainly on the Western side, where not one of its 16 primary schools has any vacancies, with Westgate (42 first choices turned away) and Brent (35) both in the top ten most popular schools across the county. With just 41 children being allocated by the Local Authority, most to the two very large infant schools, there are no schools that parents appear trying to avoid; however, 222 children, over 20% of the total did not get their first choice of school. Just 20 extra places were created to meet this demand. In the rest of the Borough, there are vacancies in just two schools, at Knockhall (14), which has 26 children allocated to it, and at Manor Primary in Swanscombe (8).



    OFSTED Grade


    Requires Improvement

    Dec 13No change
    Dartford Bridge Community


    Feb 14No change
    Joydens Wood Infant


    Jun 14Up one
    Knockhall Community
    After failed OFSTED March 13 (see below)
    Local authority statement of action fit for purpose
    School improvement action plan not fit for purpose.
    Oct 13
    Inadequate progress from SMMay 14
    Manor CommunityGoodNov 13Up one
    MaypoleGoodOct 13 No change
    Our Lady of Hartley CatholicOutstandingNov 13Up one
    St Alban's Road InfantsGoodOct 13Up one
    Stone St Mary's CofEGoodMay 14Up one
    WestgateSpecial MeasuresDec 13Down one
    Local Authority Plan not fit for purpose
    School Improvement Plan not fit for purpose

    Mar 14

    Reasonable progress towards removal of SMJul 14
    York Road Junior AcademyRequires ImprovementDec 13Up one

    2012-13 OFSTED Reports 


    OFSTED Grade

    BeanGoodNov 12Up one
    Darenth CommunityRequires ImprovementMay 13No change
    Gateway CommunityGoodSep 12Up one
    HartleyGoodNov 12Up one
    Horton Kirby CofERequires ImprovementFeb 13Up one
    Insufficient progress from R.I.
    Insuffiicient support from KCC
    Jun 13
    Knockhall CommunitySpecial MeasuresMar 13Down one
    Langafel CofE VCRequires ImprovementMar 13No change
    New Ash GreenGoodNov 12Up one
    Stone St Mary's CofERequires ImprovementJan 13No change
    Temple Hill CommunityRequres ImprovementMar 13No change
    The BrentRequires ImprovementOct 12No change
    WentworthGoodFeb 13New school
    West HillGoodMar 13No change
    WilmingtonRequires ImprovementJun 13No change

    Pre September 2012 Reports

    SchoolGradeDateFurther Information
    The Craylands School SwanscombeSatisfactory Jun 2012
    Darenth Community PrimarySatisfactoryJun 2010
    Dartford Bridge Community PrimaryGoodOct 2010first inspection of new school
    Fleetdown PrimaryOutstandingMar 2010
    The Gateway PrimarySatisfactoryNov 2010
    Hartley PrimarySatisfactoryFeb 2011
    Holy Trinity CofE PrimaryGoodJun 2012
    Langafel CofE VC PrimarySatisfactoryFeb 2011
    Manor Community Primary, SwanscombeSatisfactoryJan 2011
    Oakfield PrimaryGood Feb 2012
    St Anselm's Catholic PrimaryGoodMar 2011
    Sutton at Hone CofE PrimarySatisfactoryNov 2010
    Stone St Mary's CofE PrimarySatisfactoryNov 2010
    Temple Hill Community PrimaryNotice to ImproveDec 2009good progress Jul 2010, see below
    Temple Hill Community PrimarySatisfactoryMar 2011up from Notice to Improve
    Westgate PrimarySatisfactoryOct 2011
    York Road Junior  School  & Language UnitSpecial MeasuresNov 2011

    The following primary schools had additional Reception intake places added in March for 2010 entry, to meet local pressures:

    Manor Community Primary, up from 60 to 90 places

    Maypole Primary up from 30 to 60 places