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Displaying items by tag: Primary Reception Pressures

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Gravesham 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  Gravesham Primary Places for September 2019 Allocations 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 July 2020  are in the first table, followed by other tables containing older ones.

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

GRAVESHAM PRIMARY SCHOOLS
 OFSTED REPORTS Sep 2019 - July 2020
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Cecil Road
Good (S)
Dec 19
No change
Copperfield*
Effective Action Monitoring
after Special Measures
Feb 20  
Vigo Good (S) Nov 19 No Change
Westcourt Good (S) Nov 19 No change

* Put Copperfield in Search Engine for further information. Early allocation information has Copperfield with 42 LAAs and still 19 free places out of its 90. 

GRAVESHAM PRIMARY SCHOOLS
 OFSTED REPORTS Sep 2018 - July 2019
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Copperfield (A)* Special Measures Jan 19 Down one
Culverstone  (A) Good (S) Oct 18 No change
Holy Trinity CofE VA
Good
Sep 18 
Up one
Istead Rise (A)**
Good
Sep 18
Up two
Meopham Community (A)
Good (S)
Oct 18
No change
Riverview Infant (A)
Good (S)
Oct 18
No change

 *Copperfield Academy has had a dreadful record for as long as I have run this website, most recently covered here. You will find a positive Monitoring Report here.  

** Istead Rise has also had a dreadful history both as a KCC school and being run by Meopham Community Trust. Now run by Swale Academies Trust and Good for the first time. See Ofsted record below.

GRAVESHAM
PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2017-18
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Higham Good Jun 18 No change
Kings Farm Good May 18 Up one
Lawn
Good
Nov 17
No change
Rosherville CofE Academy (A)
Good
Nov 16
No change
Shears Green Junior
Good
Nov 17
No change
Shorne CofE (A)
Good
Oct 17
No change
Singlewell
Good
Nov 17
No change
St Botolph's CofE (A)
Good
Sep 17
No change
St John's Catholic Good Apr 18 No change

 Item on Copperfield Academy here

GRAVESHAM
PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2016-17
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Wrotham Road Primary Good July 16 Up one
Sedley's Cof E VA Primary Good Nov 16 No change
Copperfield Academy Requires Improvement Sept 16
Up one
Chantry Community Academy Good Dec 16 Up two
Whitehill Primary Good Jan 17 No change
Tymberwood Academy Good Feb 17 Up two
Shears Green Infant Good Mar 17 No change
Painters Ash Primary Good Jun 17 Up one

GRAVESHAM PRIMARY SCHOOLS
OFSTED REPORTS 2015-16
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Cecil Road Good May 16 Up one
Chantry Effective action to remove SM Dec 15
Holy Trinity CofE VA  Requires Improvement  Mar 16  No change
Kings Farm*
 
Effective action to remove SM Sep 15
Effective action to remove SM    Jan 16
Requires Improvement May 16 Up one
Riverview Junior  Requires Improvement  May 16  No change
Vigo Village Good Feb 16 no change

* Article on renaissance of Kings Farm here

 

Excerpt from Gravesham section of article on oversubscription and vacancies in Kent primary schools 2015: "Gravesend and Northfleet families have most difficulties across Kent in finding good schools for their children".

GRAVESHAM PRIMARY SCHOOLS
OFSTED REPORTS 2014-15
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Chantry*  Special Measures  May 15  Down one
Culverstone Green Good Sep 14 No change
Istead Rise Not enough progress to removal of SM  Nov 14
Kings Farm**
 Special Measures  Oct 14  Down one
LA Statement of Action fit for purpose
School Action Plan fit for purpose
Jan 15
Reasonable Progress to remove SM May 15
Meopham Community Academy  Good  Nov 14  Down one
Painters Ash Requires Improvement Feb 15 No change

*Chantry: See article here. 

**Kings Farm: See article on Inspection Report here. Further article on Whitehill and Kings Farm here.

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

Next up is probably Gravesham, and certainly the town where I have had most concerns expressed (Sevenoaks parents may be used to it!).  Quite simply, there are just two vacancies in the whole urban district of Gravesend and Northfleet, and 12 in the rural south at Vigo. Every other one of the 24 other schools is full. The two Catholic schools, St John’s in Gravesend (second in Kent), and St Joseph’s in Northfleet (last year’s most oversubscribed school) account for 86 first choices turned away. Here 129 children, 10% of the total applicants, were offered no school of their choice, five schools all of whom have had difficult histories, mopping up the large majority of these, headed up by Whitehill, with a remarkable 30 Local Authority Allocations out of its 90 places. No extra places created to tackle this issue, although I have been warning about it for some years.

GRAVESHAM PRIMARY SCHOOLS
OFSTED REPORTS 2013-14
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Higham

Good

Oct 13 Up one
Holy Trinity CofE VA

Requires Improvement

Nov 13 Down one

Istead Rise
School Plan not fit for purpose
following SM (see below) 
Sep 13
Raynehurst Insufficient progress following SM Oct 13
Riverview Juniors Requires Improvement Jun 14 Down one
Rosherville CofE Satisfactory Progress following SM Dec 14
St Botolph's CofE VA  Requires Improvement  Oct 13  No change
St John's Catholic Good Jul 14 Down one
Wrotham Road Requires Improvement Apr 14 Down one

 2012-13 OFSTED Reports 

School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Cobham Outstanding Nov 12 Up one
Dover Road Inadequate Monitoring Insp Feb 13
Progress since special measures – inadequate
Progress since previous monitoring inspection – inadequate
Jul 13
Istead Rise 
Special Measures Mar 13 Down one
LEA Statement not fit for purpose
School Plan not fit for purpose
May 13
Lawn Good Mar 13 Up one
Painters Ash Requires Improvement Feb 13 No change
Raynehurst  Special Measures Mar 13 Down one
LEA Statement fit for purpose
School Plan not fit for purpose
Jun 13
Riverview Infants Good Apr 13 Down one
Rosherville CofE Satisf progr from SM Oct 12
  Satisf progr from SM Mar 13
Shears Green Infant Good Jun 13 Up one
Shears Green Junior Good Oct 12 Up one
Shorne CofE Good Oct 12 Up one
Singlewell Good Apr 13 Up one
Westcourt Good Mar 13 Up one
Whitehill Good May 13 Up one

Both Raynehust and Dover Road are being taken over by Reach2 to become Sponsored academies. 

Pre September 2012 Reports

   School                                                                 Grade                   Date        Further Information             
Cecil Road Primary Satisfactory Sep 2011
Chantry Primary       
Special Measures Feb 2010

Satisfactory progress Sep  2010. Satisfactory progress Mar 2011           Good Progress Jun 2011, Nov 2011

Chantry Primary Satisfactory Mar 2012
Dover Road Primary Special Measures Jul 2011 Satisf Prog Jan 2012. Inadequate progress Jun 2012
  Inadequate prog Feb 13 Monitoring Inspection
Higham Primary Satisfactory Oct 2011
Holy Trinity Primary Good Feb 2011
Istead Rise Primary Satisfactory Mar 2011
Kings Farm Primary Satisfactory  Mar 2011
Lawn Primary Satisfactory Dec 2010
Painters Ash Primary Satisfactory Feb 2011
Raynehurst Primary Satisfactory Jun 2011
Riverview Junior
Notice to Improve Jan 2011 See below. Good progress May 2011
Riverview Junior Good Jul 2011
Rosherville CofE Primary Special Measures Feb 2012 Unsatisfactory Progress Jul 2012
Singlewell Primary Satisfactory Mar 2011
Whitehill Primary Satisfactory Jul 2011
Wrotham Road Primary Good Jul 2011
Vigo Village Good Jan 2011

Chantry Primary School working in tandem with Meopham Community Academy for a year from Jun 2011 under executive Head from Meopham.

Riverview Junior School: The notice to improve was issued solely because the schoool failed to complete satfety checks on staff, thus potlentially placing children at risk. This is part of the statutory safeguarding required, where failure to comply produces an automatic failure at an OFSTED Inspection. The Report states: "Were it not for the safeguarding weakness noted, this would be a good school with a number of outstanding features". The July 2011 Report confirms it is back to its previous status as a good school. 

Published in Kent Primary Schools
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Dartford 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  Dartford Primary Places for September 2019 Allocations 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 Feb 2020  are in the first table, followed by other tables containing older ones.

(A) Indicates the school is an Academy 

DARTFORD PRIMARY SCHOOLS
OFSTED REPORTS Sep 2019-4 Feb 2020
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Bean Good Nov 19 Up one
Craylands Good(S) Sep 19 No change
Horton Kirby CofE (A) Good(S) with Concerns Mar 20 No change
Knockhall (A) Requires Improvement Sep 19 Up one
Our Lady's Catholic Good (S) Feb 20 No change
Stone St Mary's CofE** (A) Good (S) Feb 20 No change
Sutton at Hone (A) Good Mar 20 No change
* Has avoided Inspection since 2013. 
** Last Kent Ofsted published before lock-down
 
DARTFORD
PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS Sep 2018-Jul 2019
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Anthony Roper Good (S) Jun 19 No change
Dartford Bridge Community* Special Measures Jan 19 Down Two
Joyden's Wood Junior (A)** Good (SC) Mar 19 No change
Langafel CofE VC Good (S)  Oct 18  No change
Manor Community (A) Good (S) Nov 18 No change
St Anselm's Catholic Good (S) Jun 19 No change
Temple Hill (A) Good Jun 19 Up one
Westgate (A)*** Good Mar 19 Up two

*Dartford Bridge Community: A shocking and sudden decline from 'Good' in just twelve months. The Report talks about decline over years, so begging two questions: how did it get Good in a Short Inspection just twelve months previously, suggesting the Short Inspection was itself inadequate: secondly what has happened with KCC monitoring given the warning of declining KS2 results. I understand that the headteacher went missing shortly before the inspection, but rarely does one see a statement such as:'Parents’ confidence and trust in the wider leadership of the school has broken down'.

**The Joyden's Wood concerns appear mainly historical now being addressed. Four years since previous inspection so no doubt plenty of work being done.

*** Another Kent school off the KCC failed list, by academisation. 

 

DARTFORD
PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2017-18
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Dartford Bridge Community  Good (S) Jan 18 No change
Dartford Primary Academy (A) Good Jan 18 First Inspection
Holy Trinity CofE Good  Sep 17  Up one
Joyden's Wood Infant (A) Good Apr 18 No change
Maypole Good Jun 18 No change
Wentworth (A) Good  Nov 17  No change 

 Knockhall Primary, previously a Lilac Sky school continues to be a matter of concern

DARTFORD
PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2016-17
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
The Gateway Primary Academy Good  Jan 17  No change
New Ash Green Primary Good  Feb 17  No change 
The Brent Primary Outstanding Mar 17 Up two

 

DARTFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2015-16

School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Hartley Primary Academy Outstanding Mar 16 Up one
St Anselm's Catholic Good Dec 15 No 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". 

DARTFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2014-15

School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Darenth Requires Improvement Nov 14 No change
Fleetdown Outstanding Sep 14 No change
Horton Kirby CofE Good Feb 15 Up one
Joyden's Wood Junior Good Mar 15 Down one
Langafel CofE VC Good Mar 15 Up one
Oakfield Good Nov 14 No change
Temple Hill  Requires Improvement  Nov 14  No change
Westgate Reasonable 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).

DARTFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2013-14

School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Craylands

Requires Improvement

Dec 13 No change
Dartford Bridge Community

Good

Feb 14 No change
Joydens Wood Infant

Good

Jun 14 Up 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 SM May 14
Manor Community Good Nov 13 Up one
Maypole Good Oct 13  No change
Our Lady of Hartley Catholic Outstanding Nov 13 Up one
St Alban's Road Infants Good Oct 13 Up one
Stone St Mary's CofE Good May 14 Up one
Sutton at Hone CofE  Good Jan 13 Up one
Westgate Special Measures Dec 13 Down one
Local Authority Plan not fit for purpose
School Improvement Plan not fit for purpose

Mar 14

Reasonable progress towards removal of SM Jul 14
York Road Junior Academy Requires Improvement Dec 13 Up one

2012-13 OFSTED Reports 

School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Bean Good Nov 12 Up one
Darenth Community Requires Improvement May 13 No change
Gateway Community Good Sep 12 Up one
Hartley Good Nov 12 Up one
Horton Kirby CofE Requires Improvement Feb 13 Up one
Insufficient progress from R.I.
Insuffiicient support from KCC
Jun 13
Knockhall Community Special Measures Mar 13 Down one
Langafel CofE VC Requires Improvement Mar 13 No change
New Ash Green Good Nov 12 Up one
Stone St Mary's CofE Requires Improvement Jan 13 No change
Temple Hill Community Requres Improvement Mar 13 No change
The Brent Requires Improvement Oct 12 No change
Wentworth Good Feb 13 New school
West Hill Good Mar 13 No change
Wilmington Requires Improvement Jun 13 No change

Pre September 2012 Reports

School Grade Date Further Information
The Craylands School Swanscombe Satisfactory  Jun 2012
Darenth Community Primary Satisfactory Jun 2010
Dartford Bridge Community Primary Good Oct 2010 first inspection of new school
Fleetdown Primary Outstanding Mar 2010
The Gateway Primary Satisfactory Nov 2010
Hartley Primary Satisfactory Feb 2011
Holy Trinity CofE Primary Good Jun 2012
Langafel CofE VC Primary Satisfactory Feb 2011
Manor Community Primary, Swanscombe Satisfactory Jan 2011
Oakfield Primary Good  Feb 2012
St Anselm's Catholic Primary Good Mar 2011
Sutton at Hone CofE Primary Satisfactory Nov 2010
Stone St Mary's CofE Primary Satisfactory Nov 2010
Temple Hill Community Primary Notice to Improve Dec 2009 good progress Jul 2010, see below
Temple Hill Community Primary Satisfactory Mar 2011 up from Notice to Improve
Westgate Primary Satisfactory Oct 2011
York Road Junior  School  & Language Unit Special Measures Nov 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

Published in Kent Primary Schools
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