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Displaying items by tag: swanley - Kent Independent Education Advice

Furness School in Swanley is a special school which provides for boarding and day students who have behavioural, social and emotional difficulties. It has just 77 pupils, mostly boys, including 14 in boarding accommodation (one female) on site. All students have a statement of special educational needs and most students have previously experienced significant disruption to their education due to exclusion or non-attendance. Certainly Furness is a challenging school, but one that requires the highest standards for its children, many of whom have had seriously disrupted lives so far, and desperately need the stable education that other similar schools in Kent appear to be able to provide.

Kent County Council recognised there were problems back in February, and the headteacher was removed. However, in such a serious situation the consequences of losing the school figurehead need to be carefully managed, and insufficient thought appears to have been given to handling the fallout. KCC also removed the school governing body at the time, but did not follow the rules in doing so, and they were reinstated, only to be removed a second time - this time properly. The school was closed for three days in February, reportedly as it was out of control, and partially closed again later in the month. Since then KCC has been running the school directly using an interim leadership team and support from county officials. However, three months later, on May 15th and 16th, two of Her Majesty's Inspectors carried out an OFSTED Inspection which has produced the damning report published last week.  

In particular this condemns the interim management and leadership of the school installed by KCC, including the following comments:.........

Published in News Archive
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 00:00

Swanley and District Primary Schools

Updated May 2019

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  Swanley and District Primary Places for September 2018 Admissions 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 2018 and February 2019  are in the first table, followed by other tables containing older ones.

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

SWANLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL
OFSTED REPORTS Sep 18 - Mar 19
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Horizon (A) Good Nov 18 No change

 

SWANLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL
OFSTED REPORTS 2017-18
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
High Firs Good Feb 18 No change
Hextable Good Mar 18 No change
Horizon (A) Good (SR) Feb 18 No change

 

SWANLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL
OFSTED REPORTS 2016-7
School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Downsview Community Good July 16 No change
St Bartholomew's Catholic Good Jan 17 No change
St Mary's CofE VA Good Apr 17 Up one

 

SWANLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2015-6

School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
St Paul's CofE Good May 16 Up one

 

SWANLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2014-15

School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
St Mary's CofE Requires Improvement Apr 15 No change

 

SWANLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2013-14

School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
Hextable Good Dec 13 Up one
High Firs Good Jul 14 up one
Horizon Good Sep 13  1st Academy Insp
St Paul's CofE Requires Improvement Jan 14 Down one

School

OFSTED Grade

Date Change
High Firs Requires Improvement Sep 12 No change
St Mary's CofE Requires Improvement May 13 Down one

Pre September 2012 Reports

School Grade Date Further Information
Downsview Community Primary Special Measures Nov 2010

Satisfactory Prog Nov 2011

see below 

Downsview Community Primary Good Mar 2012 see above
Hextable Primary Satisfactory May 2012
Horizon Primary Satisfactory Sep 2010
Published in Kent Primary Schools