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Displaying items by tag: Primary Reception Pressures

(Article in progress, updated 1 Oct 2012)

Kent County Council has quietly released a Commissioning Plan setting out its proposals for new school places across the county for both primary and secondary schools, on a district by district basis, looking at the consequences for individual schools. The main headline is that over 10,000 new places need to be produced by 2016. You will find the full plan here. The Commissioning Plan identifies proposals for creating 5194 places by 2014, and at present there are no clear plans for the remaining 5000 places - although there is time now to consider options.

A preliminary press release focused on 35 additional classrooms being added in the current school year, catering for the additional  reception classes which were set up to cater for mainly unexpected demand.

I believe this is an essential document; it is just regrettable that when it was proposed in 2009, on the back of warnings about school place shortages, no action was taken, resulting in some of the temporary fixes we have seen in the past two years, described elsewhere in this website. Details follow below.......

The document looks at each District, and names the schools due for expansion and where new primary schools are to be commissioned  in the next four years, I summarise these as follows, although you need to check the plan for the detail......

Published in News Archive

LATEST (13/7): Kent County Council had its debate on the e-petition submitted by Bearsted parents on Thursday. The debate can be found in full at: http://www.kent.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/82135, 3 hours and five minutes into the meeting. There was unanimous praise for the leaders of the campaign  (unique in my experience), although there was much discussion on county wide issues. KCC takes some pride in its place forecasting, although I would challenge that confidence, as we continue to see too many  predictable crises in provision. Three important outcomes. The decision by the governors of St John's to expand to two forms of entry in September 2013, and to provide an additional Year One class for those children currently disappointed, will need to go out for consultation, and Department for Education approval, although there is a presumption in the School Admissions Code of Practice that such expansion will be approved. There will not be additional provision at St John's during the course of the academic year 2012-2013, so those children who have lost out this time round, will have to wait until September 2013, to amply to transfer into Year One. The problem for 2012 entry has been exacerbated by the large number of siblings, and this ought to be a factor tracked in the future. 

Ther have been similar problems in the Kings Hill area of West Malling, and it appears this campagin has inspired parents there to set off on a similar trail. You will find a facebook page at: http://workingpartykingshill.blogspot.co.uk/

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Kent County Council has issued the following press release: "Primary school expansion in Grove Green brings welcome news to local parents......

Published in News Archive
Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

Primary School Places in Chatham

Medway Council is proposing a new three form entry primary school on the site of the old Chatham South secondary school, after the birth rate in Chatham shows a 21% increase since 2005, coupled with increasing migration into the area probably as a result of cheaper housing costs. This follows the proposal to close two primary schools in Chatham just two yeas ago because of falling numbers! One of those schools, Ridge Meadow, did in fact close but the other, St John's Infant School, was saved after a decision by the Schools Adjudicator overruled Medway Council's proposal. A further proposed closure of St Peter's Infant School in Rochester was dropped. For 2012 entry, St John's is full, St Peter's has just two empty spaces, and there are just 17 places vacant in the whole of Chatham, all at Luton Infants School. 

This all shows that school place forecasting is a difficult science, and Medway Council acknowledges it can do better...

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Pressure continues to build over the shortage of reception class places in Bearsted, centred on Madginford Park Infants School, Thurnham CofE Infants School and St John's Primary School. At the recent meeting of Bearsted Parish Council,  Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council, listened to the concerns of many local parents whose children have no local school to go to, and has promised to do what he can to resolve the problem. One new issue is that at present, 43 of the 80 plus children without a school of their choice have been allocated places at  St Paul's Infant School over two miles away. KCC is responsible for providing transport for those unable to make other arrangements, likely to be a minibus, driver as the only adult present, no seat belts, cost estimated at .......

Published in News Archive

On the surface, Kent primary school infant class placements, which took place at the end of March look well with a healthy 95% of children in Kent being offered one of their three choices, similar to last year. However, looking beneath the surface, a much more worrying picture emerges because of increased numbers in some areas as the number of children being allocated a school they hadn’t chosen has risen from 564 to 818 in two years, a frightening rise of 45%.

Analysis of the figures shows a sharp contrast between most of West Kent and most of East Kent and between urban and rural areas. Maidstone town is the most difficult area, with over 100 children allocated to schools they did not apply for and NO places free in any school in the town. Other problem areas include Tunbridge Wells with just 16 places left free out of the 920 available, and 75 children having none of their choices. 15 of those 16 free places are in Pembury School (just outside the town), and only exist as its capacity was expanded by 30 at short notice last year, to cater for the difficulties. Sevenoaks has 94 children allocated, 7 places left free; urban Dartford, 71 children allocated and 7 places left free;  the Ramsgate area of Thanet, 65 children allocated, 8 places free, all in Bromstone Primary school in Broadstairs; Folkestone, 43 children allocated, 6 left free; and the area around Faversham with 37 children allocated.

Kent County Council, in a confidential analysis of issues produced in 2009, identified major problems for 2011 entry in Dartford, Gravesham, Thanet and Tunbridge Wells, some of these other issues being masked by rural parts of the districts having spare capacity. Sadly, little was done to alleviate the problems at a time when finances were easier. What is clear is that although Kent’s Primary Strategy of 2006 has a policy that there should be between 5-7% surplus capacity in an area, it has not planned to meet this policy. Where additional places have been added, too often these are last minute decisions and often in inappropriate schools. What we are seeing is an unwritten change of policy from trying to meet parental preferences, to a minimalist offering to children of a school somewhere, no matter how suitable.   

Riverhead Infant School in Sevenoaks has soared to the top of the oversubscription table, turning away 54 first choices with the neighbouring Sevenoaks Primary School turning away 44 children, in fourth place. In between come Madginford Park in Maidstone, and Priory Infants, Ramsgate. In fifth place comes St James CofE VA Infant School, in Tunbridge Wells, then: Slade Primary, Tonbridge; Sandgate Primary, Folkestone; West Hill Primary, Dartford; St John's Catholic Primaryl, Gravesend; Joyden's Wood Infants, Dartford; St Peter's Methodist, Canterbury; Holy Trinity & St John's CofE Primary, Margate; St John's CofE Primary, Tunbridge Wells; St Stephen's Infant, Canterbury; Ethelbert Road Primary, Faversham; and St Mildred's Infants, Broadstairs. All these schools turned away 30 or more first choices.

At the other end of the table, 14 schools, nearly all in East Kent, have over half their places left empty. Three of these have all admitted fewer than 50% of their capacity for each of the last three years. How on earth can they remain viable? However, the political controversy over closing such schools is always intense, even if this would release resources to provide extra provision in places of greatest need. Further information on all the key pressure points at www.kentadvice.co.uk.

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I now have detailed information on Kent and Medway primary school admission offers for September 2012. On the surface, all looks well with a healthy 95% of children in Kent being offered one of their three choices, similar to last year. However, with rising rolls the number of children being allocated a school they hadn’t chosen has risen from 564 to 818 in two years, a worrying rise of 45%.

You will find more general information in a separate article below.  I have started to provide more detailed information on difficult areas, via the links below. 

Analysis of the figures shows a sharp contrast between most of West Kent and most of East Kent and between urban and rural areas. Maidstone town is the most difficult area, with over 100 children allocated to schools they did not apply for (you will find an earlier article on part of the problem here) and NO places free in any school in the town. Other problem areas include:........

Published in News Archive
Sunday, 07 November 2010 20:26

Pressure on Kent Primary Reception Class Places


I wrote an article on this subject for the Gravesend Reporter in September, and another one in Kent On Sunday, with Radio Kent picking up the information and running it as a main story.
In summary, Kent has seen a dramatic fall in the number of vacant primary school places in the past six years from 3299 in the Reception Year in 2005-6, to an estimated 108 across the whole county next September.

KCC recommends a vacancy rate of from 5-7%, but these figures represent a surplus of just 0.7%. A part of the drop in vacant spaces was caused by the removal of 1312 places in areas such as Dover where there are empty classrooms, but there are worrying problems ahead for next September. Four districts are forecast to have  a shortage of places overall: Gravesham 11% (!); Tunbridge Wells and Dartford 8%, and Thanet 0.1 %. Two other areas that cause concern are Tonbridge which has fallen from a surplus of 19% to a minute one of 2.5%,  and Sevenoaks falling from 12% surplus to 5%. The three West Kent numbers are of particular significance as they indicate a considerable shortage of secondary school places in the area in a few years time, which will put additional pressure on all the six already oversubscribed grammar schools, for local children. For September just past, KCC put an additional 55 temporary places into TW primary schools, but this left just 3 spaces vacant in a single school at allocation day in March. Some children may subsequently have taken up places in Independent schools, but others will have moved in, so the crisis is real and getting worse.
Published in News Archive
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Tunbridge Wells 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  Tunbridge Wells 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 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)  

 

 
TUNBRIDGE WELLS PRIMARY SCHOOL
OFSTED REPORTS Sep 19 - Feb 20
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Rusthall St Paul's CofE Good (SC) Jan 20
Concern so
Section 5 to follow
Temple Grove (A) Good Sep 19 Up one
 
 
TUNBRIDGE WELLS PRIMARY SCHOOL
OFSTED REPORTS Sep 18 - Jul 19
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Pembury  Good (S) Mar 19 No change
St Barnabas CofE VA Good (S) Oct 18 No change
Skinners' Kent Primary (A)
Good 
Sep 18 
1st Inspection 
Wells Free Good (S) Jun 19 No change

   

TUNBRIDGE WELLS
PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2017-18
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Broadwater Down Good Nov 17 No change
St John's CofE Infant
Good 
Nov 17 
No change 
St Matthew's High Brooms CofE Good Jul 18  No change
Southborough CofE Good Jun 18 No change

  

 
TUNBRIDGE WELLS
PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2016-17
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Bidborough CofE VC Good Jul 17 No change
Lamberhurst St Mary's CofE VC Good Jul 17 No change
Good 
Jan 17 
No change 
Bishops Down Primary Good Feb 17 No change
Temple Grove Academy Requires Improvement Apr 17 No change

 

TUNBRIDGE WELLS PRIMARY SCHOOL
OFSTED REPORTS 2015-16
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Fordcombe CofE Good Feb 16 Up one
Rusthall St Paul's CofE VA Good Jun 16 Up one
St Augustine's Catholic Good Nov 15 Up one

Excerpt from TW Section of article on Oversubscription and Vacancies in Kent Primary Schools 2015: "Just 29 places free at two schools, 3% of the total, 23 being at Rusthall St Paul’s CofE. The other 6 are at the new Skinners Kent Primary Academy, which has also had nine children allocated. " 

 

TUNBRIDGE WELLS PRIMARY SCHOOL
OFSTED REPORTS 2014-15
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
St Barnabas CofE VA Good Nov 14 No change
Pembury Good Feb 15 No change
Temple Grove Academy  Requires Improvement  Feb 15  Up one
Wells Free   Good  Jun 15  1st Insp

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

Tunbridge Wells is usually the eye of the storm, but the situation has eased this year, even though several schools have actually reduced intake. The controversial plan to expand Bishops Down Primary from 30 to 60 places was once again reversed, this time by governors frustrated by KCC’s inability to sort out the problems,  and with Claremont School again taking just 60 children instead of the 90 in 2012, there is a much higher proportion of siblings than normal offered places in both schools, so non-siblings have lost out. Even though Claremont turned away 30 first choices, this is surprisingly a fall from last year’s 45 when it was the fifth most oversubscribed school in Kent. Pembury and St Matthew’s High Brooms CofE have both reduced their intakes by 30 down to 60 children. Most oversubscribed schools are St John’s CofE and St James CofE, the Wells Free School, in its second year with an intake of just 24 in fifth place with 20 first choices turned away. Even though there are four schools with vacancies, 71 children were allocated to schools they did not apply for, with nearly half of these going to Temple Grove Academy, showing it has not yet lost the mantle of its previous name, Sherwood Park.

TUNBRIDGE WELLS PRIMARY SCHOOL
OFSTED REPORTS 2013-14
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Rusthall St Paul's CofE VA

Requires Improvement

Mar 14 No change
St Matthew's High Brooms CE VA

Good Progress from SM

Nov 13

Reasonable Progress from SM

Mar 14

Good

Jul 14 Up two
St Peter's CofE

Outstanding

Mar 14 Up one
Southborough

Good

Mar 14 No change
Speldhurst CofE

Outstanding

Feb 14 Up one

2012-2013 Reports

School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Bidborough CofE VC Good Jul 13 No change
Broadwater Down Good Feb 13 Up one
Lamberhurst St Mary's CofE Good May 13 No change
St John's CofE Good Feb 13 No change
St Mark's CofE Good May 13 Up one
St Matthew's High Brooms CofE VC Special Measures Jun 13 Down one

Pre September 2012 Reports

School Grade Date Comments
Bishops Down Primary Good Mar 2012
Broadwater Down Primary Satisfactory Mar 2011
Fordcombe CofE Primary Satisfactory Dec 11
Langton Primary Outstanding Jun 2012
Pembury Good Jul 2010
Rusthall St Pauls CofE VA Primary Satisfactory Jun 2012
St Barnabas CofE VA Primary Good May 2010
St Marks CofE Primary Satisfactory Feb 2011
St Matthew's High Brooms CofE Primary Satisfactory Nov 2011

Sherwood Park

Special Measures Jun 12

See articles on Tunbridge Wells Primary Schools and Bishops Down

Pressures on Tunbridge Wells Primary Schools for 2012 Entry (written March 2012)

have written various articles on the mounting problems with primary school provision, in Tunbridge Wells and West Kent, the most recent being here.  although this details the proposed new Free School, it also outlines issues from previous years. Although there are some 25 fewer children looking for places this year, KCC has seen fit to reduce provision by 20 places  to match, presumably assuming that this will keep problems no worse than last year.

After primary school placements were released on March 30, Tunbridge Wells primary schools had just 16 places left free out of the 920 available in Reception classes for September 2012, and 75 children having none of their choices. 15 of those 16 places are at Pembury School, out of town and across the A21, and only exist as its capacity was expanded by 30 at short notice last year, to cater for the difficulties then.

Pressures have been known for some time.  In some recent years, the catchment distance has been as low as 350 yards, when intake was 30; it has risen to twice that with the intake being 60. Now the result of an Adjudicator's decision on numbers, but no final outcome yet (Feb 2013). See article

The problems with the last minute expansion of Claremont Primary from 60 to 90  for 2011 entry arewell documented, but this has now been consolidated (NOTE - no it has not, and KCC has reduced its PAN back to 60 for 2013 entry, which will surely be the subject of complaint and appeal)

St Matthew's High Brooms also received 20 additional pupils last year at the last moment, and this has also been consolidated with a PAN increase from 60 to 90 for 2012 (NOTE and now permanently). 17 of the additional pupils have been allocated by KCC, who did not apply for it.

Last year, Sherwood Park had 27 children allocated to it, this year the figure has risen to 33 out of its 60 places. The school is one of the lowest performing primaries in Kent and is destined to be taken over by an academy group (which one is unknown, but follow link),  so most of those allocated will be unhappy with their destination. The other two schools taking numbers of reallocated children are Rusthall St Paul's and Broadwater. (NOTE failed OFSTED and has now been resurrected as a sponsored academy)

The big puzzle is St James CofE VA Infant School which has a Planned Admission Number of 70. This requires the school to organise three classes of 23 children, a comfortable number for everyone, but with pressure on the system, both financially a luxury, but also tempting to increase numbers to 30 a class  i.e. 90 in total. In fact, this is what happened last year and could be expected to repeat for 2012 entry, given the pressures on the system. However, for some reason, KCC decided to reduce numbers back to 70, in spite of the pressure on places. I understand the school was happy to admit 90 again, which makes the decision doubly bizarre (NOTE - unsurprisingly, there were 30 successful appeals). 

In this pressured situation, KCC's main long term solution appears to be championing a new Free School, which is proposed for the area. However, as my article shows, it is planned to have one small class each year, so hardly likely to make a big incursion into the shortage of places (NOTE - see latest). 

This being Tunbridge Wells, some parents will opt out of unsuitable schools, taking advantage of the profusion of private schools in the area. Last year, around 34 children dropped out of the system, most probably following this route, allowing a total of 52 of those allocated by KCC to secure places in one of their preference schools, and a total of 13 free spaces across all schools.  .

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

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)  

 

TONBRIDGE PRIMARY SCHOOL
OFSTED REPORTS Sep 19 - Feb 20
School

OFSTED Grade

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

 

TONBRIDGE PRIMARY SCHOOL
OFSTED REPORTS Sep 18 - July 19
School

OFSTED Grade

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

TONBRIDGE PRIMARY SCHOOL
OFSTED REPORTS 2017-18
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Stocks Green Good  Jun 18  No change

 

TONBRIDGE
PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2016-17
School

OFSTED Grade

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

 

TONBRIDGE PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2015-16

School

OFSTED Grade

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

 

TONBRIDGE PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2014-15

School

OFSTED Grade

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.

TONBRIDGE PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2013-14

School

OFSTED Grade

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 

School

OFSTED Grade

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

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

Sevenoaks 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  Sevenoaks 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 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) 

SEVENOAKS PRIMARY SCHOOL
 OFSTED REPORTS Sep 2019 - Feb 2020
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Chevening St Botolph's CofE Good Nov 19 Down One
Churchill CofE Good Dec 19 Up one
Four Elms  Good Oct 19 No change
Halsted Requires Improvement Nov 19 Down one
Ightham Outstanding Mar 20 Up One*
Weald  Good Mar 20 No change

 * Following Short Inspection in Jan 2019, recommending full inspection to follow

SEVENOAKS PRIMARY SCHOOL
 OFSTED REPORTS Sep 2018 - Jul 2019
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Amherst (A) Good (SR) Jan 19 No change
Ide Hill CofE Good (S) Apr 19 No change
Ightham Good (SR) Jan 19 No change
Platt CofE Good (S) Apr 19 No change
Shoreham Village Good (S) Mar 19 No change
West Kingsdown CofE Good Nov 18 Up one

SEVENOAKS PRIMARY SCHOOL
 OFSTED REPORTS 2017-18
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Borough Green Good Jun 18 No change
Churchill CofE VC Requires Improvement Oct 17 Down One
Crockham Hill CofE Good Feb 18 No change
Dunton Green Good Jul 18 Down one
Edenbridge* Inadequate Jan 18 Down Two
Fawkham Good Jun 18 No change
Hever CofE VA Requires Improvement Mar 18 Down One
Otford Good May 18 No change
Plaxtol Good Jan 18 No change
St Lawrence CofE Good Sep 17 No change
Sevenoaks Good Nov 17 No change
 
 you will find an article on the Edenbridge disaster here. The school has now been taken over as a Sponsored Academy by the Pioneer Academy Trust, which runs seven other primary academies in Bexley.

SEVENOAKS
PRIMARY SCHOOLS OFSTED REPORTS 2017-18
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Churchill CofE VC Requires Improvement Oct 17 Down one
St Lawrence CofE Good Sep 17 No change
Sevenoaks
Good Nov 17 No change

 

SEVENOAKS
PRIMARY SCHOOLS OFSTED REPORTS 2016-17
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
St John's CofE Primary Good Sept 16 No change
Weald Community Primary Good June 16 No change
Good Jan 17 No change
Good Feb 17 No change
Kemsing Primary Good Mar 17 No change
Dunton Green Primary
Taking effective action to
become good
Jun 17

 

SEVENOAKS PRIMARY SCHOOLS
OFSTED REPORTS 2015-16
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Dunton Green Requires Improvement Feb 16 No change
Four Elms, Edenbridge Good Feb 16 No change
Halstead Good Mar 16 Up one
Platt CofE VA Good Oct 15 Up one
Weald Community   Good  Jun 16  No change
West Kingsdown CofE VC Requires Improvement May 16 No change

Excerpt from the Sevenoaks section of an article on Oversubscription and Vacancies in Kent Primary schools 2015: "As in previous years, there are no vacancies at all in the seven town schools, four being heavily oversubscribed each with between 26 and 30 first choices turned away: Riverhead Infant; Sevenoaks; Lady Boswell’s CofE and St John’s CofE. With 360 offers, a third of these did not get their first choice".

SEVENOAKS PRIMARY SCHOOLS
OFSTED REPORTS 2014-15
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Amherst (A) Good Feb 15 Down one
Anthony Roper, Eynsford Good Jul 15 No change
Capel Good Feb 15 Up one
Chiddingstone CofE (A)   Outstanding  Mar 15  No change
Ide Hill Good Jun 15 No change
Ightham Good Feb 15 No change
Shoreham Village Reasonable progress to Remove SM Nov 14
Good Apr 15 Up two
Stansted CofE Insufficient progress to Remove SM Dec 14
 Insufficient progress to Remove SM
Mar 15
Sundridge & Brasted CofE  Outstanding   Jun 15  Up two

  (1) See article about Stansted. Stansted is to close July 2015.

 

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

Biggest problems overall appear to be in Sevenoaks town and District, where there are just 10 vacancies overall across the 27 schools, at Churchill in Westerham and Fordcombe. There is intense pressure on Sevenoaks town again, even following last year’s expansions of an additional 60 places being pumped into Sevenoaks and Lady Boswell’s CofE Primaries. As a result, many families will find their children diverted to schools in neighbouring villages, filling these, a total of 75 families in the District getting no school of their choice. It is often falsely stated that the problems are caused by parental choice, although there is a polarisation towards Riverhead Infants in the town. But, if all schools in the town and district are oversubscribed, then parents have no choice! In total 186 of the 940 children applying for places did not get their first choice.

SEVENOAKS PRIMARY SCHOOLS
OFSTED REPORTS 2013-14
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Borough Green Good Jun 14 No change
Churchill CofE Good Nov 13 Up one
Dunton Green requires Improvement Nov 13 Down one
Fawkham CofE VC Good Nov 13 Down one
Fordcombe CofE Requires Improvement Oct 13 No change
Halsted Community Requires Improvement Dec 13 No change
Hever CofE VA Good Oct 13  Up one
Otford Good Nov 13 Up one
St Thomas Catholic
Shoreham Village  Special Measures (go to here) Sep 13 Down two
Reasonable progress since SM Mar 14
Insufficient progress to remove SW Jul 14
West Kingsdown CofE VA Progress since SM (see below) Oct 13
Progress since SM Feb 14
Requires Improvement Jun 14 Up one

 2012-13 OFSTED Reports 

School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Chevening, St Botolph's CofE VA Outstanding Feb 13 Up one
Crockham Hill CofE Good Jun 13 Down one
Edenbridge Good May 13 No change
Kemsing Good Jul 13 No change
Platt CofE VA Requires Improvement Jun 13 Down one
Plaxtol Good Jan 13 Up one
St Katharine's Knockholt CofE VA Good Feb 13 No change
St Lawrence CofE Good Jan 13 No change
Sevenoaks Good Apr 13 Down one
Sundridge & Brasted CofE VC Requires Improvement  Jun 13 No change
West Kingsdown CofE VC Special Measures Jun 13 Down two

Pre September 2012 Reports

School Grade Date Further Comments
The Anthony Roper Primary Good Jun 2010
Crockham Hill CofE VC Primary Outstanding Jun 2010
Churchill CofE VC PRimary, Westerham Satisfactory Nov 2011
Edenbridge Primary Satisfactory Jun 2010
Fawkham CofE Primary Outstanding Oct 2010
Four Elms Primary Good Oct 2010
Halstead Primary Notice to Improve Sep 2010
Halstead Primary Satisfactory Oct 2011
Hever CofE VA Primary Satisfactory  Mar 2012
Ide Hill CofE Primary Good Jul 2010
Otford Primary Satisfactory Dec 2010
New Ash Green Primary Satisfactory Jun 2011
Paddock Wood Primary Good Mov 11
Platt CofE VA Primary Good May 2010
Seal CofE VC Primary Good Oct 2011
Shoreham Village Good Oct 2010
Weald Community Primary Good  Oct 2011

Admission Issues for September 2012 entry (written March 2012)

Sevenoaks has the dubious honour of having two of the four most oversubscribed primary schools in the county. Riverhead Infants School heads the list with 54 first choices not offered places, with Sevenoaks Primary School in fourth place with 44 first choices turned away.  For some reason, Sevenoaks Primary which admitted 90 children last year, has seen this reduced  to 60 for 2012 entry (possibly because of pressure on space in the school) but the impact of this reduction itself does not explain the leap in popularity of the two schools which turned away 26 first choices between them in 2011. However, there was an increase of around 80 children in Sevenoaks and District, some of which will be Sevenoaks residents. Some of the displaced children were absorbed by those parents who had also put St John's on their list. St John's had its PAN increased by 15 to 30 for 2011, and this year its numbers were increased by another 20 to try and tackle the problems.  In other words St John's has seen its intake change from 15 to 50 in just two years and one has to wonder if it has the facilities to cope with this dramatic change in character of the school.

41 of the remaining children were allocated to Seal Primary School, 2 miles out of Sevenoaks, along the A25, which is already solid with traffic at 8.30 in the morning. For the second year running Seal has been doubled in size to take in a temporary intake of 60, although in 2011 the extra places were not taken up.  This time the school is technically full, with just 19 local children taking up places, and one wonders how many children will wander off to private schools where parents can afford to pay, to avoid the journey and the enforced placement of so many children out of town.

In this district there is also considerable pressure in the area around Sevenoaks, with Chevening St Botolph's, Chiddingstone, Crockham Hill, Fawkham, and Kemsing, all turning away more than 10 first choices. Many of those children who were offered none of their choices will have been placed at Edenbridge (24 allocations), and Halsted (16). An additional 10 last minute places were put in at Shoreham and another 5 at Weald Primary School to eas the pressures. When all the numbers are added up, there are just 7 vacant places in the rural areas, with none in Sevenoaks itself.

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

Chiddingstone CofE Primary, up from 20 to 25 places

Churchill CofE Primary up from 40 to 50 places

Ide Hill CofE Primary up from 15 to 20 places

St John's CofE Primary (Sevenoaks), up from 15 to 30 places

St Katherine's Knockholt CofE Primary, up from 20 to 30 places

For 2011, the following additional places were added.

Chiddingstone Primary: PAN increased by 5, a further 5 places added in March.

Otford Primary: 10 additional places were in March

Seal CofE VC Primary: 30 additional places in March

Sevenoaks Primary: , 30 additional places in March

Weald Community Primary: 5 additional places in March

Published in Kent Primary Schools
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