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Canterbury Primary Schools

Updated May 2020

Coronavirus; There are a number of articles on this site exploring the implications of the pandemic on school applications and appeals. You will find them by putting 'Coronavirus' in the search engine on the top left hand corner of this page. This page contains outcomes of Ofsted Inspections carried out up until 4th February 20120, the last ones published before schools were closed. I estimate about another 10 will have been completed but results are waiting until schools are opened, which may not be until September. I think it most unlikely there will be any more this school year.  

Entries on this page include the OFSTED Grade for each Primary School updated twice a year, 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 will find advice on Primary school Admissions and Appeals here

You can read the full Report on each Primary School at OFSTED. Each school is awarded 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.

A majority of the schools that have previously had a 'Good' or 'Outstanding' assessment are given a Short Inspection (known as Section 8). These are indicated by 'Good (S). These will be confirmed in their assessment grade. However for some of these schools, the Inspection Team may consider that there are concerns, or in the case of a Good school, grounds for raising the Grade and this can only be done by a full Section Five Grade. These are recorded for example as  'Outstanding (SC) or 'Good (SR). 

You will find an analysis of oversubscription and vacancies for  Canterbury Primary Places for September 2019 Admissions here, for 2018 here, for 2017 here, and for 2016 here.(2020 to follow).

You will find a commercial site providing a comprehensive analysis of  different 11 Plus exams, preparation and appeals at 11 Plus Exams.

Reports on Inspections between between September 2019 and February 2020  are in the first table, followed by other tables containing older ones.

(A) Indicates the school is an Academy 


Ash Cartwright &
Kelsey CofE
 Good Sep 19  Up one 
Barham CofE Good Oct 19 No change 
Chartham Good (S)  Nov 19  No change
St Stephen's Infant Good (S) Oct 19 No change


Goodnestone CofE
Good Jan 19 No change

Hersden* (A)

Good Mar 19 No change
Littlebourne Good May 19 No change
Parkside Requires Improvement Jun 19 No change
Petham (A) Good (S) Jul 19 No change
St John's CofE Good Sep 18 Up one
St Peter's Methodist Good (S) Jan 19 No change

  * Hersden is now called Water Meadow following academisation. Ofsted Good in spite of previous (SR)

** Second consecutive Requires Improvement



Date Change
Good Dec 17 No change
Bridge & Patrixbourne CofE Good Mar 18 No change
Hersden Good (SR) Mar 18 No change
Pilgrims Way (A) Serious Weaknesses Sep 17 Down one
Preston Good May 18 No change
St Stephen's Junior (A) Good Nov 17 No change

 You will find further information on Pilgrims Way here



Date Change
Requires Improvement Nov 16 Up one
Wingham Primary Good Nov 16 No change
Wincheap Foundation Primary Good Oct 16 No change
Good Dec 16 No change
Hoath Primary School Good Jan 17 No change
Outstanding Jan 17 Up one
Parkside Community Primary Requires Improvement Feb 17 Down one
Chilham, St Mary's CofE Primary Good Feb 17 No change
Stelling Minnis CofE Primary Good Mar 17 No change
Chislet CofE Primary Good Apr 17 No change
Elham CofE Primary Good Apr 17 No change
The Canterbury Primary Good May 17 No change
Ash Cartwright and Kelsey CofE Primary Requires Improvement Jun 17 No change





Date Change
Barham CofE Good Feb 16 No change
Blean Outstanding Mar 16 Up one
Chartham Good Jun 16 Up one
Littlebourne CofE  Good  Sep 15  Up one
St John's CofE

Not taking effective action to remove SM

 Nov 15
Requires Improvement Mar 16 Up one
St Stephen's Infant  Good Jan 16   No change
St Thomas Catholic
 Outstanding  Jan 16  Up one

 Excerpt from the Canterbury section of an article on oversubscription and vacancies in primary schools 2015: "The City’s eight schools are heavily polarised, with half well oversubscribed, St Peter’s Methodist being well ahead with 23 disappointed first choices". 




Date Change
Bridge & Patrixbourne   Good  Sep 14  Up one
Goodnestone Good Sep 14 No change
Petham Good Jun 15 Up two
 St John's CofE Reasonable progress to remove SM    Nov 14
Reasonable progress to remove SM Mar 15
Reasonable progress to remove SM Jun 15
St Peter's Methodist Good  Mar 15  Down one
Sturry CofE Outstanding Jan 15 Up one
Wickhambreux Outstanding Feb 15 No change





Date Change
Adisham CofE Good Oct 13 Up one
Bridge & Patrixbounre CofE Good Jun 14 Up one
Chartham Requires Improvement Oct 13 No change
Hersden Village Good May 14 No change
Littlebourne CofE Requires Improvement Sep 13 No change
Pilgrims Way
Serious Weaknesses
(see below)
Oct 13 Down one
St John's CofE  Feb 14 New school
Progress from SM
Jun 14


 Pilgrims Way Primary School and Nursery

The OFSTED Report states: "The head of school has been in post for approximately one year. She was appointed to work under an executive headteacher from an academy chain. This academy conversion did not take place and a replacement academy sponsor was sought. A new sponsor, The Village Academy, has been secured and the executive headteacher of this academy chain is, from September 2013, acting executive headteacher of this school". The previous Executive Headteacher was from St Stephen's Junior School In Canterbury, a stand alone academy. This relationship was reported to be in difficulties hence, presumably, the reason for St Stephen's pulling out. Certainly, OFSTED also reports: "The school has been through a period of considerable and unsettling turbulence. There is little doubt that this has had a significant impact on the school’s ability to move forward following the previous inspection.The head of school is tenacious and focused in driving school improvement. She has a good understanding of what needs to be achieved and, in the year since her appointment, has developed a solid base from which to build. She has improved the quality of teaching and made promising appointments to strengthen leadership. The new senior leadership team has hit the ground running. It has a secure understanding of what needs to happen next and has been quick to establish strategies to check that no group of pupils continue to fall through the net. Leadership is judged to require improvement because it is simply too early to judge the effectiveness of these credible actions". All this suggests that the previous arrangement was simply not working and there has been insufficient time to repair the damage. 

2012-13 OFSTED Reports 



Date Change
Bridge & Patrixbourne CofE Requires Improvement Jan 13 Down one
  making good progress

Mar 13

Chilham, St Mary's CofE Good Jan 13 Up one
Chislet CofE Good Mar 13 No change
Elham, CofE Good Jan 13 Up one
Hoath Good May 13 Up one
Parkside Community Good Jun 13 No change
Petham  Special Measures Apr 13 Down 2
Local authority statement of action not fit for purpose
School improvement plan not fit for purpose.
Jun 13
Preston Good Jul 13 Up one
St John's CofE Reasonable Progress Feb 13 New school monitoring
St Stephen's Junior Good May 13 Down one
Stelling Minnis CofE Good Dec 12 No change


Pre September 2012 Reports


School Grade Date Further Information
Adisham CofE Primary Special Measures Jan 2010
Inadequate Progress Jul 2010, Good Progress Nov 2010
Good progress Mar 2011


Jul 2011  
Barham CofE Primary Good Mar 2011  
The Canterbury Primary Good May 2012  
Chartham Primary Satisfactory Nov 2011  
Chilham St Mary's CofE Primary Satisfactory Nov 2010  
Elham CofE Primary Satisfactory Jun 2011  
Hersen Community Primary Good Mar 2012  
Kingsmead Primary Special Measures Mar 2012  
Littlebourne CofE Primary Satisfactory  Feb 2012 Down from Good in 2008
Nonington CofE Primary Good Mar 2011  
Northbourne CofE Primary  Satisfactory Dec 2008 May 2010 Inadequate progress
 Northbourne CofE Primary Good Jan 12 See below
Pilgrims Way Primary Special Measures Jan 2011

Satisfactory Progress Jun 2011. Satisfactory Prog Oct 2011

Good Progress Mar 2012, see below

Pilgrims Way Primary Satisfactory Jun 2012 See above
Preston Primary Satisfactory Mar 2011  
St Stephen's Infant Good Jun 2011  
St Thomas' Catholic Primary Good Jun 2011  
Sturry CofE Primary Good May 2010  
Wincheap Foundation Primary Good May 2012  
Wingham Primary Good Feb 2012  


Northbourne CofE Primary federated with another local primary school and, as OFSTED notes:  "There have been significant changes in the school since the previous inspection. After a period of considerable instability and turbulence, during which delegated powers were removed from the governing body, the school was federated with a local primary school in September 2011. The headteacher of the federated school was appointed as the executive headteacher of both schools at this time. Prior to this, from September 2010, she had been supporting Northbourne in her role as a Local Leader of Education".

Diocesan and Payne Primary and Kingsmead are combining to form a new school, St John's CofE Primary  on the Kingsmead site in Setptember 2012.