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Update: The Schools Week website has followed up on this story. Also contains further updates

Kent County Council is pulling out of its management agreement with Swale Academy Trust for The North School, Ashford, at very short notice, formally serving that notice on 22nd July that the contract would end 31st August. Until that point it had  providing no formal reason for its action, leaving considerable uncertainty about arrangements for September. This follows a similar decision by KCC last year at the Holmesdale School in Cuxton, which proved highly controversial, created chaos and which I covered extensively here and here.

Swale Academies Trust has managed The North since early 2014, after the school was placed in Special Measures by Ofsted in December 2013, although there is a considerable background  to this as described here. Swale took the school back up to Good less than four years later, although managing to overspend some £200,000  pounds per year to achieve this, reducing a financial surplus of £244,000 to a large deficit of  £768,357 at the end of this financial year, which now needs to be paid back. The Trust took robust actions to achieve the strong performance, its usual style and although the school  suffered a slump in popularity, with for example the large staff turnover, it has now recovered this following the successful Ofsted Inspection.

The North 2

There is no doubt that the school and the Swale Trust are now integrated to a considerable extent through: staffing - some teachers being Swale employees; school support; and the Swale culture, through combined training events for staff, etc It could be that this is just a money saving decision, saving £150,000 per annum management fee, although there has been no such suggestion put forward, but there is surely a contract between the two parties in place. To tear this apart at such short notice will be immensely damaging to the school. Whatever, there will be no £200,000 extra to spend next year which is going to lead to considerable economies.  According to Schools Week, SAT’s chief executive Jon Whitcombe has warned staff that the possibility of the school joining SAT is “now in doubt”. 

It is reported that shockingly no information has been sent to parents about this damaging situation. 

Published in News and Comments
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Ashford 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  Ashford Primary Places for September 2019 Admissions 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 4th February 2020  are in the first table, followed by other tables containing older ones.

(A) Indicates the school is an Academy; (F) a Free School 

OFSTED REPORTS Sep 2019 to Mar 2020
Ashford St Mary's CofE VA Good (S) Jan 20 No change
Brook Requires Improvement Oct 19 Down one
Goat Lees (F) Good (S) Jan 20 No change
Smeeth  Requires Improvement Sep 19 Down one
St Teresa's Catholic (A) Good (S) Jan 20 No change
Stowting CofE Good Nov 19 Down one
Wittersham CofE Good (S) Jan 20 No


OFSTED REPORTS Sep 18 to Feb 19
Brenzett* (A) Good Jul 19 Up two
East Stour Good (S) May 19 No change
Finberry (A)
Sep 18
 New School,
1st Inspection
Kingsnorth CofE
Good (S) Oct 18  No change
Pluckley CofE (A) Good (S) Jun 19 No change
Willesborough Infant Good (SR) May 19 No change

  * Brenzett up from Special Measures following academisation by Aquila, Canterbury Diocesan Trust



Date Change
Aldington Good Jun 18  
Ashford Oaks
Good Oct 17  No change
Beaver Green (A) Good Sep 17 Up two
Bethersden Good Jan 18 No change
 Brabourne  Good  Jun 18  No change
Godinton (A)  Good Mar 18   No change
Kennington CofE (A) Good Oct 17 Up two
Repton Manor  Good  Mar 18  No change
Smarden (A) Good Dec 17 No change
Willesborough Jun Good Jan 18 No change





Date Change
Good Nov 16  No change
Mersham Primary Good Sept 16 No change
Furley Park Primary Academy
Sept 16
No change
Phoenix Community Primary Good Dec 16 No change
High Halden CofE Primary Good Jan 17 No change
Hamstreet Primary Academy Good Feb 17 No change
Headcorn Primary Good Mar 17 No change
St Simon of England RC Good Jul 17 No change





Date Change
Ashford St Mary's CofE Good Jun 16 Up one
Brenzett  Special Measures  Nov 15  Down one
Brook Community Good Jan  16 Up one
Christ Church CofE
 Good  Oct 15  Up one
Goat Lees, Kennington Good May 16  New
Great Chart Outstanding Mar 16 Up one
St Michael's CofE, Tenterden
 Nov 15
 Up one
Wittersham Good Jun 16  No change

Excerpt from Ashford section of article on oversubscription in primary schools 2015: "One primary school has one vacancy. Other than that, the only school with vacancies is Furley Park, with 20 of its 90 places empty"




Date Change
Beaver Green
Not enough progress to remove SW
Oct 14
East Stour Good Jun 15 No change
Kennington CofE Junior Reasonable progress after SW Sep 14
Lady Joanna Thornhill, Wye Outstanding Jan 15 No change
Pluckley CofE Good Jun 15 No change
Smeeth Good Nov 14 No change
 Victoria Road  Good  Oct 14  Up one
Willesborough Infant Good May 15 Up one

You will find an article discussing Beaver Green here.  You will find Ashford Primary Academies here. 





Date Change


Nov 13 No change
Ashford, St Mary's CofE

Requires Improvement

May 14 Down one
Beaver  Green
Special Measures Dec 13 Down one
After delay, LA Plan fit for purpose
School Improvement Action Plan not fit for purpose
Mar 14
Reasonable progress to removal of SM Jun 14
Bethersden Good Mar 14 Up one
Brabourne CofE Good Oct 13 No change
Brenzett CofE Requires Improvement Sep 13 No change
Brook Community Requires Improvement Oct 13 No change
John Mayne CofE, Biddenden Good Feb 14 No change
Kennington CofE Junior Prog from Serious Weaknesses Sep 13  
Reasonable Progress from SW Feb 14  
Lydd Special Measures Nov 13 Down one
Local Authority Plan not fit for purpose
School Action Plan not fit for purpose
Apr 14
St Michael's CofE, Tenterden
failure to make required improvements
from previous OFSTED (see below)
 Oct 13  
Willesborough Junior Good May 14 No change






Date Change
Ashford Oaks Community Good May 13 Up one
Brookland CofE Good Apr 13 Down one
Charing Good Nov 12 Up one
Egerton Requires Improvement Dec 12 No change
Hamstreet  Satisf progr from SM Oct 12  
Good May 13 Up two
Headcorn Good Jun 13 Up one
High Halden CofE Good Jan 13 Up one
Kennington CofE Junior Serious Weaknesses Dec 13 Down one
Kingsnorth CofE Good Oct 12 Up one
St Michael's Cofe, Tenterden Requires Improvement Jul 13 No change
Smarden Good Mar 13 1st Academy insp
Tenterden Junior Good Jan 13 Up one
Victoria Road  Satisf progr from NtoI Oct 12  
Requires Improvement Jun 13 Up one
Willesborough Infants Requires Improvement Apr 13 Down one


Pre September 2012 Reports


School Grade Date
Aldington Primary Good May 2011
Ashford, St Mary's CofE Primary Good Jun 2010
Ashford Oaks Community Primary Satisfactory Jun 2010
Beaver Green Primary Satisfactory May 2012
Bethersden Primary Satisfactory May 2012
Brenzett CofE Primary Satisfactory Nov 2011
Brook Community Primary Satisfactory  Nov 2011
Challock Primary Outstanding Sep 2011
Downs View Infants, Kennington Outstanding Jun 2010
 East Stour Primary   
Good & Rapidly Improving May 2010
Furley Park Primary Good Nov 2010
Great Chart Primary Good Nov 2010
Godinton Primary Good Feb 2011
Hamstreet Primary  Notice to Improve Feb 2012
High Halden CofE Primary Satisfactory Oct 2010
John Wesley CofE Methodist VA Primary Good Dec 2011
Kennington CofE Junior Satisfactory Jun 2011
Kingsnorth CofE Primary Satisfactory Jun 2010
Linden Grove Primary Special Measures Mar 2012
Mersham Primary Good Jun 2012
Phoenix Primary Good Jul 2012
Pluckley CofE Primary Good Jun 2010
Smarden Satisfactory Oct 2010
Smeeth Primary Good Jun 2011
St Michael's CofE Primary, Tenterden Satisfactory Nov 2010
St Simon of England RC Primary Good Mar 2012
Tenterden Infants Good Feb 2012
Wittersham CofE Primary Good Mar 2012
Woodchurch CofE Primary
Satisfactory Jul 2011
Published in Kent Primary Schools