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Tonbridge 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  Tonbridge Primary Places for September 2019 Allocations here, 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 2018 and July 2019  are in the first table, followed by other tables containing older ones.

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


OFSTED REPORTS Sep 19 - Feb 20


Date Change
Hadlow Good Oct 19 No change
Long Mead  Good Sep 19 Up one 
Marden  Good (SC) Oct 19
Concern Section 5
to follow


OFSTED REPORTS Sep 18 - July 19


Date Change
Brenchley & Matfield (A) Good (S)  Nov 18  No change
Shipbourne Good (S) Mar 19 No change
Woodlands* (A) Good Jun 19 1st Insp

  * First Inspection as an academy after Woodlands Junior (Good) and Infant (Outstanding) combined



Date Change
Stocks Green Good  Jun 18  No change




Date Change
Cage Green Primary Requires Improvement  Oct 16 No change 
St Stephen's (Tonbridge) Primary Special Measures  Sept 16  Down one
Sussex Road Community Primary Good Nov 16 No change
Good Mar 17 No change
Long Mead Community Primary
Requires Improvement May 17 Down one
Hildenborough CofE Primary Good May 17 No change





Date Change
Hadlow Good Mar 2016 Up one
Marden Good Mar 2016 Up one





Date Change
Leigh Good Oct 14 Up one
Shipbourne Good Mar 15 Up one
Staplehurst  Reasonable Progress to removal of SW   Nov 14
Good Jun 15 Up one
 Wateringbury  Requires Improvement  Feb 15  No change

Information from Oversubscription Survey of Kent primary schools, for entry September 2014.

Tonbridge town once again has no vacancies in any of its Reception classes for September with first choices polarising again around Slade Primary, which turned away 47 children. However, just 29 allocations to two schools suggests most parents are not unhappy with their offers.




Date Change
Brenchley & Matfield CofE Good (see below) Nov 13 Up one
Cage Green Reasonable Progress from SM Sep 13
Reasonable Progress from SM Jan 14
Requires Improvement Jul 14 Up one
East Peckham Good Oct 13 Up one
Hadlow Requires Improvement Dec 13 No change
Horsmonden Requires Improvement Mar 14 Down one
Long Mead Community Good Jan 14 Up one
Marden Requires Improvement Nov 13 Down one
St Stephen's Requires Improvement Jul 14 No change
Stocks Green, Hildenborough  Good Mar 14 No change
Woodlands Infants Good Jan 14 No change

Long Mead Community Primary School is Federated with Hugh Christie Technology College. 

In March 2010, Brenchley & Matfield was placed in Special Measures with an absolutely dreadful OFSTED Report. In October 2010, a Monitoring Inspection again hammered the school, with particular criticism being levelled at KCC's inadequate response. A subsequent inspection in October 2011 found the school to be 'Satisfactory' and since then it has completed a hard earned climb. The school is situated in a prosperous part of the Tonbridge District and although the initial failure came as a shock to many, the disruption in staffing provision, including some poor staff should have sent warning signs to the Authority which clearly failed to act. 

2012-13 OFSTED Reports 



Date Change
Capel Requiress Improvement Feb 12 No change
Cage Green 
Special Measures Oct 12 Down One
Progress from SM Jan 13
Reasonable progress May 13
Hildenborough CofE  Good Oct 12 Up one
Leigh Requires Improvement May 13 Down one
Long Mead Requires Improvement Dec 12 No change
Penshurst CofE VA Good May 13 Down one
St Margaret's, Collier St, CofE VC Good Jul 13 No change
St Stephens  Requires Improvement Sep 12 No change
Wateringbury CofE Requires Improvement Feb 13 No change

  Pre September 2012 Reports 

School Grade Date Comments
Capel Primary Satisfactory Jun 2011
East Peckham Primary Satisfactory Sep 2011
Hildenborough CofE Primary Satisfactory Jul 2010
Horsmonden Primary Good Nov 2010
Stansted CofE Primary Satisfactory Jun 2010
Sussex Road Primary Good Sep 2011
Woodlands Junior Outstanding May 2011

The following comment on September 2012 admissions was written March 2012

The town of Tonbridge has fewer children than the other pressure points, but still only has vacancies in one school. Cage Green Primary had its PAN increased by 6 to manage the increasing numbers but finished with 20 spaces. Oddly most children who were allocated, 15 in number, have been sent to Long Mead Community Primary, filling it, with just one to Cage Green. Slade Primary is the sixth most oversubscribed primary school in Kent. Woodlands Infant School, the only recent OFSTED Outstanding school in Tonbridge, turned away just 2 first choices.

The following primary school had additional Reception intake places added in March for 2011 entry, to meet local pressures:

Long Mead Primary, up from 20 to 30 places