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Folkestone & Hythe Primary Schools

Updated October 2019

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  Folkestone & Hythe (and Romney Marsh) Primary Places for September 2019 allocations here, for 2018 here, for 2017 here, and for 2016 here.

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

Reports on Inspections between between September 2018 and July 2019  are in the first table, followed by other tables containing older ones.

(A) Indicates the school is an Academy (2017 onward)  



Date Change
Christ Church CEP (A) Good (SR) Jun 19 No change
Churchill Good (S) May 19 No change
Folkestone St Peters CEP Good (S) Jun 19 No change
Hawkinge Outstanding Jun 19 up one
St Augustine's Catholic Good (S) Sep 18 No change
St Eanswythe's CofE* (A) Outstanding Mar 19 Up one
St Nicholas CofE** (A) Good May 19 Up two

* St Eanswythe's CofE Primary School was found Outstanding after a Short Inspection in 2018 recommended a return. 

** St Nicholas CofE Primary School, New Romney, went from Requires Significant Improvement to Good following academisation under the Diocese of Canterbury Academies Trust (Aquila)



Date Change
Brookland CofE Good Nov 17 No change
Castle Hill Community Good Jun 18 No change
Dymchurch* Requires Improvement Jun 18 Down one
Hawkinge Good Jun 18 No change
Hythe Bay CofE Good Dec 17 No change
Lydd Good Jun 18 Up two
Lyminge Good Jul 18 Down one
Martello Primary** Special Concerns Dec 17
Requires Improvement May 18 1st Inspection
St Eanswythe's CofE Good May 18 No change
Stella Maris Catholic Good Oct 17 No change
 *Dymchurch Primary School was in Special Measures (see below) in 2010, improved rapidly to Good next year, became part of Village Academy Trust in 2015 and has now declined to Requires Improvement, the Report being critical of the Trust.  How sad.  
** Martello Primary (full title of school!) started off life in 2015 as part of the appalling Lilac Sky Academy Trust. which closed having ruined several schools and mislaying millions of pounds on the way. It then had the misfortune to be taken over by the controversial Turner Schools Trust, whose first Executive Head had never been a teacher, and the school became even more chaotic. 


Date Change
Oct 16
No change
Good Sept 16 Up one
Mundella Primary Good Jun 16  Up one
Harcourt Primary Good Jan 17 No change
Greatstone Primary Good Feb 17 No change
Capel-Le-Ferne Primary Good Feb 17 No change
All Soul's CofE Primary Good Mar 17 No change
Stelling Minnis CofE Primary Good Mar 17 No change




Date Change
Brenzett Special Measures Nov 15 Down One
Effective Action to Remove SM Jun 16
Cheriton  Good Feb 16 no change
Christ Church CEP Academy  Good  Oct 15  Up one
Palmarsh Good Mar 16 Up one
St Nicholas CofE, New Romney
Requires Significant
Jan 16 No change
St Peter's CofE  Good  Dec 15 Up one
 Mundella  Good Jun 16   Up one

 Both Lydd and Dymchurch have been taken over by The Village Academy, St Nicholas and Brenzett by the Diocese of Canterbury. 


Extract from section on Shepway in article on Oversubscription and Vacancies in Kent Primary Schools 2015: "Just one of the 17 schools in Folkestone, Cheriton Primary, has vacancies, with a total of 3 spaces out of the 748 available".



Date Change
Churchill Reasonable Progress to remove SW Nov 14
Good May 15 Up two
St Mary's CofE Primary Academy  Requires Improvement  Sep 14  No change
Inadequate progress from SM
 School & LA failing
 Sep 14
St Augustine's Catholic, Hythe Good Mar 15 No change
St Martin's CofE   Outstanding  Apr 15  Up two
St Nicholas CofE (New Romney) Limited Progress from SW Sep 14
Reasonable Progress to Remove SW Jun 15



Date Change
Castle Hill Community Good Mar 14 Up one
Churchill, Hawkinge Serious Weaknesses Nov 13 Down two
Progress from Serious Weaknesses Apr 14
Mundella Requires Improvement Mar 14 No change
Palmarsh Requires Improvement Nov 13 Down one
St Eanswythe's CofE (Academy) Good Nov 13 Down one
Stella Maris Catholic Good Dec 13 Up one

September 2012 - July 2013



Date Change
All Souls CofE Good Mar 13 Up one
Capel-le-Ferne Good Sep 12 Up one
Christ Church CofE Primary Academy Requires Improvement Jun 13 No change
Hythe CofE Good Jan 13 Up one
Harcourt Good Mar 13 Up one
Morehall  Satisf prog from SM Oct 12
Requires Improvement Mar 13 Up one from SM
St Martin's CofE Requires Improvement Mar 13 No change
St Peter's CofE Requires Improvement Jul 13 No change

Pre September 2012 Reports

School Grade Date Further Information
Brenzett CofE Primary Satisfactory Nov 2011
Castle Hill Community School  Satsifactory Mar 2012
Cheriton Primary Good Jan 2011
The Churchill Good Dec 2010
Dymchurch Primary Special Measures Jan 2010 Satisfactory Progress Sep 2010, Mar 2011. See below
Dymchurch Primary Good Jul 2011 Out of Special Measures
Greatstone Primary Good May 2012
Hamstreet Primary Special Measures Jan 2012
Lydd Primary Satisfactory Sep 2011
Lyminge Primary Outstanding Dec 2011
Lympne CofE Primary Good Mar 2011
Morehall Primary Notice to Improve Nov 2009

Satisfactory Progress Mar 2010, see below

Morehall Primary, Folkestone Special Measures Mar 2011

see above. Satisfactory Progress Sep 2011,

Jan 2012, May 2012

Palmarsh Primary Good Jan 2011
St Eanswythe's CofE Primary Outstanding Jul 2010
St Mary's CofE Primary  Satisfactory Mar 2012
St Nicholas CofE Primary, New Romney Notice to Improve Dec 2010 see below
 St Nicholas CofE Primary, New Romney Satisfactory Mar 2012 se above
St Martin's CofE Primary Satisfactory Jan 2011
St Peter's CofE Primary Satisfactory Jun 2010
Seabrook CofE Primary Outstanding Sep 2011
Selsted Primary Satisfactory & Improving May 2010