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Sittingbourne and Sheppey 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 2020, 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  Sittingbourne and Sheppey Primary Places for September 2019 Allocations here and here, for 2018 here, for 2017 here, and for 2016 here.

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 (2017 onwards)   

Date Change
Milton Court (A) Good Sep 19 Up one


Date Change
Bapchild & Tonge Good Jul 19 No change
Eastchurch CofE* Requires Improvement Jul 19 Down one
Kemsley (A) Good (S) Feb 19 No change
Lower Halstow Good Mar 19 No change
Lynsted and Norton (A) Requires Improvement Sep 18 No change
Newington Good May 19 No change
Richmond (A) Requires Improvement Jan 19 No change
St Edward's Catholic (A)** Good May 19 Up two
St George's CofE Aided (A) Good (S) Oct 18 No change
Sunny Bank (A)*** Special Measures Jun 19 Down
Westlands (A) Good (S) Jun 19 No change

  *The small Eastchurch CofE Primary School in Sheppey is spread across two sites  in Eastchurch and Leysdown. This has proved very costly, running with two headteachers, and in 2017 whilst KCC were forcing cuts on the school in order to make it viable, both headteachers resigned. The school has been struggling ever since. According to Ofsted: 'Leadership is vulnerable. Both leadership and staffing since the previous inspection have been turbulent, with a number of successive headteachers having been in post.'

**St Edward's Catholic Primary School in Sheppey has been failing for many years, having failed to make progress from being placed in Special Measures in 2013 (see tables below). It has now been academised and is run by Kent Catholic Schools Partnership, which has a good record in turning failed Catholic schools round. 

*** Sunny Bank Primary School is run by the Local Authority being formed by the amalgamation of two KCC schools in 2016 and remaining under the control of KCC. Murston Infant School 's most recent Ofsted Report was Good, Murston Junior School Requires Improvement. This proved a disaster, with Ofsted recording: 'Over the past three years, weak and turbulent leadership has prevented the school from improving'. Will surely become an academy. 

Date Change
Canterbury Road Good Jan 18 No change
Grove Park Good Nov 17 No change
Holywell Good Nov 17 No change
Lansdowne (A) Good Sep 17 No change
Regis Manor Good Mar 18 No change
Teynham Parochial CofE Good Feb 18 No change
Thistle Hill* Requires Improvement Jun 18 1st Inspection

 *Thistle Hill Academy was the central school of the appalling Lilac Sky Academy Trust which closed amidst poor standards and large debts as money vanished. Transferred to Stour Valley Academy Trust, Ofsted Report shows school improving from poor base. 

Date Change
Bobbing Village Outstanding May 17 Up one
Bredgar CofE Good Jan 17 No change
Hartlip Endowed CofE Good Nov 16 No change
Iwade (A) Good May 17 No change
Milstead & Frinsted (A) Good Mar 17 No change
Milton Court Requires Improvement Mar 17 No change
Queenborough Outstanding Mar 17 Up one
Rose Street Good Apr 17 No change
South Avenue Good May 17 Up Two
West Minster Good Nov 16 Up one



Oaks Community Infant Good Jan 16 No change
Lynsted and Norton (A) Requires Improvement May 16 No change
Tunstall CofE (Aided)  Outstanding  Mar 16  Up one


Bapchild & Tonge Good Apr 15 Up one
Eastchurch CofE Good May 15 Up one
Halfway Houses, Sheerness Good Apr 15 Up one
Kemsley Primary Academy Good Feb 15 Up two
Lower Halstow Good Apr 15 Up one
Milton Court Primary Academy Requires Improvement Jan 15 No change
Murston Junior  Requires Improvement  Dec 14  Down one
Newington CofE Good May 15  Up one
St Edward's Catholic, Sheppey Not enough progress to remove SM Nov 14
Not enough progress to remove SM Mar 15
 Requires Improvement Jun 15  Up one
Westlands (A) Reasonable progress to removal of SM Oct 14
Good May 15 Up two
West Minster, Sheerness Requires Improvement Dec 14 No change




Date Change

Special Measures

Oct 13 Down two
School Action Plan fit for Purpose
LA Statement of Action fit for purpose
Jan 14
Inadequate progress from SM May 14
St Edward's Catholic, Sheerness Insufficient progress for removal of SM Dec 13
reasonable progress for removal of SM Mar 14
Minterne Community Junior Good Apr 14 Down one
South Avenue Junior Insuff progress for removal of Serious Weaknesses Sep 13
 Westlands  Serious Weaknesses  Dec 13  Down one

The school’s action plan is fit for purpose.
The trust’s statement of action is fit for purpose

Apr 14

 St Edward's position is so difficult that KCC have instituted an Interim Executive Board, to replace the Governing Body in preparation for the school being taken over as an a academy. 

South Avenue Junior is being taken over by Fulston Manor School as a Sponsored Academy. 




Date Change
Bapchild & Tonge CofE Satisf prog from NtoI Sep 12
Requires Improvement May 2013 Up one
Bobbing Village Good Nov 12 Up one
Canterbury Road Good Sep 12 Up one
Eastchurch CofE VC Requires Improvement May 13 Down one
Grove Park Good Jul 13
Up one, 
1st inspection as academy
Halfway Houses Requires Improvement Apr 13 No change
Holywell Good Apr 13 Up one
Iwade Community Good Oct 12 Up one
Kemsley Good progress from SM (see below) Mar 2013
Lower Halstow Requires Improvement May 13 Down one
Minster in Sheppey Good Dec 12 Up one
Murston Infant Good Jan 13 Up one
Newington CofE Requires Improvement May 13 No change
Richmond Satisf Prog from SM Dec 12
Requires Improvement Jul 13 Up one
Rose Street Good Dec 12 Up one
St Edward's Catholic Special Measures Mar 13 Down one
Inadequate prog from SM Jul 13

LA statement not fit for purpose.
School plan not fit for purpose.

St George's CofE (Aided) Good Mar 13 Up one
South Avenue Junior Special Measures Jan 13 Down One
First Monitoring
Mar 13
LEA statement fit for purpose
School plan not fit for purpose
Teynham Parochial CofE Good May 13 Up one
West Minster Requires Improvement Dec 12 No change

Kemsley Primary School: After its good progress from Special Measures report, Kemsley Primary has still been taken over as a Sponsored Academy in April. 

Pre September 2012 Reports

   School                                                           Grade                Date        Further Infn
Bapchild & Tonge CofE Primary Notice to Improve Mar 2012
Bredgar CofE Primary Good Feb 2012
Hartlip Endowed CofE Primary Good  Feb 2012
Holywell Primary, Upchurch Satisfactory Feb 2011
Iwade Community Primary Satisfactory Oct 2010
Kemsley Primary Special Measures Jul 2012
Lansdowne Primary Good May 2011
Lynsted & Norton Primary Good Mar 2011
Milton Court Primary Special Measures Nov 2009

Inadequate progress May 2010,Satisfactory Progress, Nov 2010, Good Progress Mar 2011

Milton Court Primary Satisfactory Jun 2011
Milstead & Frinsted CofE Primary Satisfactory Jun 2010
Minster in Sheppey Primary Satisfactory Jun 2010
Minterne Community Junior Outstanding Mar 2011
Murston Infant Satisfactory Jun 2011
Newington Primary Satisfactory Jul 2011
The Oaks Community Infant Good Jun 2011
Queenborough, Sheppey Good Nov 2011
Richmond Primary, Sheerness Notice to Improve Jul 2010 Satisfactory Progress, Mar 2011, see below
Richmond Primary, Sheerness SpecialMeasures Oct 2011 Satisfactory Progress Feb 2012, Mixed prog Jun 2012
Rodmersham School Outstanding Oct 2011
Rose Street Primary, Sheerness Satisfactory Jun 2010
St George's CofE Primary, Minster Satisfactory Feb 2011
South Avenue Infant Good Jun 2011
South Avenue Junior Satisfactory May 2011
Teynham Parochial CofE Primary Satisfactory Jun 2011
Tunstall CofE (Aided) Primary Good Jul 2011

Westlands Primary,  Sittingbourne,

Satisfactory Jan 12
West Minster Primary, Sheerness
Satisfactory Jun 2010