Entries on this page include the OFSTED Grade for each Primary School as they are published, 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 can read the full Report on each Primary School at OFSTED. In September 2012, OFSTED revised its Inspection Grading System, giving each school 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.
You will find a good website to provide a host of factual data about Kent schools here.
Reports published post-August 2016 are in the first table, followed by other tables containing older ones (a school may have been inspected in the summer term of 2016 with a report published after 1st September 2016).
PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2016-17
|Loose Primary||Outstanding||Nov 16||
|Leeds & Broomfield CofE Primary||Good||Oct 16||Up one|
|Hunton CofE Primary||Good||July 16||No change|
|Hollingbourne Primary||Good||Jan 17||No change|
|Mereworth Community Primary||Good||Mar 17||No change|
|Kingswood Primary||Good||Mar 17||No change|
MAIDSTONE PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2015-16
|Barming**||Effective action to remove SM||Nov 15|
|Ineffective action to remove SM||Feb 16|
|Brunswick House*||Requires Improvement||Feb 16||Down one|
|Molehill||Requires Improvement||Dec 15||Up one|
|Roseacre Junior||Outstanding||May 16||Up one|
|Sandling||Good||May 16||No change|
|St Paul's Infant||Good||May 16||No change|
|Senacre Wood||Good||Jan 16||Up one|
|Sutton Valence||Requires Improvement||Nov 15||No change|
|Tiger Free School||Good||Jan 16||Up one|
|Ulcombe||Good||Apr 16||Up one|
* According to the OFSTED report there was an issue at the school a Section 8 Inspection that was upgraded to a full Inspection. The Report suggests it was to do with Governance or Safeguarding, following a KCC Review of the issue.
** Barming to become an Academy sponsored by Allington Primary Trust
Excerpt from Maidstone Section of article on Oversubscription and Vacancies in Kent Primary schools 2015: "Most popular school is St Michael’s CofE Infants with two consecutive Outstanding OFSTEDs, 60 first choices turned away, followed by Brunswick House Primary with 45, St John’s CofE on 31 and East Borough on 30. Apart from St John’s, the enormous pressures of a few years ago in the Bearsted area appear to have diminished".
MAIDSTONE PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2014-15
LA Statement of Action fit for Purpose
School action plan fit for purpose
|Coxheath||Good||Feb 15||Up one|
|East Borough||Good||May 15||No change|
|Leeds and Bromfield CofE||Requires Improvement||Oct 14||No change|
|Molehill Copse (A)||
Reasonable progress towards removal of SM
sponsor’s statement of action fit for purpose.
|Palace Wood||Requires Improvement||Feb15||No change|
|Park Way Primary||Good||Jan 15||Up one|
|Platts Heath||Good||May 15||Up one|
|St Francis Catholic||Good||Feb 15||Up two|
|St John's CofE
||Outstanding||July 15||Up one|
|Tree Tops Academy||Reasonable progress towards removal of SM||Dec 14|
|Requires Improvement||Mar 15||Up one|
Information from Oversubscription Survey of Kent primary schools, for entry September 2014.
In Maidstone, which has featured for several years as a major problem area, the issues in Bearsted appear to have settled down after the enlargement of St John’s CofE to 60 children last year. It has 7 vacancies, not filling for the first time in many years with Thurnham CofE Infants just 2 oversubscribed. Madginford Park Infants to the west of the district has increased its popularity further, remaining the most sought after school in Maidstone with 42 first choices turned away.
MAIDSTONE PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2013-14
|Archbishop Courtenay||Requires Improvement||Mar 14||Up one|
|Boughton Monchelsea||Good||Feb 14||No change|
|Harrietsham||Good||Nov 13||Up one|
|Greenfields Community||Good||May 14||Up one|
|Lenham||Good||Oct 13||No change|
|Loose Infant||Requires Improvement||Sep 13||Down one|
|Madginford Park Junior||Special Measures||Oct 13||Down one|
Good progress from SM
School to merge with Infant School
Reasonable progress toward removal of SM
|Molehill Copse||Serious Weaknesses||Dec 13||Down one|
School action plan fit for purpose.
|North Borough Junior||Good||Jun 14||Up one|
|Oaks Academy||Good||Feb 14||Up one|
|St Francis Catholic||Reasonable progress in removing SM||Dec 13|
|Reasonable progress in removing SM||Jul 14|
|St Michael's CofE Infants||Outstanding||Jan 14||No change|
|St Michael's CofE Junior||Good||Dec 13||Up one|
|Senacre Wood||Requires Improvement||Oct 13||Down one|
|Sutton Valence||Requires Improvement||Sep 13||No change|
|Tree Tops Academy||Special Measures||Dec 13||No Change|
|Satisfactory progress from SM||Feb 14|
|Reasonable progress to remove SM||Jul 14|
|Ulcombe CofE||Requires Improvement||Dec 13||No change|
You will find an article commenting on the dreadful history of Tree Tops and Molehill Copse here.
2012-13 OFSTED Reports
|Archbishop Courtney||Special Measures||Nov 12||Down one|
|Reasonable prog from SM||Mar 2013|
|Reasonable prog form SM||Jun 13|
|Barming||Requires Improvement||Jan 13||No change|
|Coxheath||Requires Improvement||Feb 13||No change|
|East Borough||Requires Improvement||Apr 13||No change|
|Greenfields||Requires Improvement||Oct 12||No change|
|Holy Family RC||Requires Improvement||Nov 12||No change|
|Kingswood||Good||May 13||No change|
|Laddingford St Mary’s CofE VC||Good||Jun 13||
|Leeds & Bromfield||Requires Improvement||Nov 12||No change|
|Loose Infant||Requires Improvement||Jun 13||Down one|
|North Borough Junior||Requires Improvement||Nov 12||No change|
|Palace Wood||Requires Improvement||Mar 13||No change|
|Park Way||Requires Improvement||Mar 13||No change|
|South Borough Junior||Requires Improvement||Oct 12||No change|
|St Francis' Catholic||Special Measures||Mar 13||Down one|
Local authority statement of action not fit for purpose
School action plan not fit for purpose
|Tree Tops Academy||Insufficient progress||Dec 12|
An article elsewhere on this website highlights issues with some Maidstone primary school OFSTEDs in 2012-13. As can be seen from the above, the situation did not improve in the summer (nor for 2013-14 so far).
Pre September 2012 Reports
|Archbishop Courtenay Primary||Satisfactory||May 2010|
|Barming Primary||Satisfactory||Mar 2011|
|Bell Wood Community Primary||Special Measures||Dec 2009||
Satisfactory Progress May 2010,
Nov 2011, Mar 2011, Jun 2011,
Inadequate progress Nov 2011. See below
|Bell Wood Community Primary||Notice to Improve||Feb 2012||See above|
|Boughton Monchelsea Primary||Good||Jun 2011|
|Bredhurst CofE VC Primary||Outstanding||Nov 2011|
|Brookfield Infant||Good||Feb 2011|
|Brunswick House Primary||Good||Sep 2010|
|Burham CofE Primary||Satisfactory||Jun 2011|
|Coxheath Primary||Satisfactory||Jul 2011|
|Ditton CofE Junior||Satisfactory||Nov 2010||Inadequate progress, Jan 11|
|East Borough Primary||Satisfactory||Sep 2010|
|Greenfields Community Primary||Inadequate progress||Mar 2011||Monitoring Inspection of Grade 3 School|
|Harrietsham Primary||Satisfactory||Sep 2011|
|Hollingbourne Primary||Good||Feb 2011|
|Holy Family RC Primary||Notice to Improve||Oct 2011||Satisfactory PRogress Jun 2012|
|Laddingford St Mary's CofE Primary||Satisfactory||Feb 2011|
|Loose Junior||Good||May 2011|
|Madginford Park Junior||Satisfactory||Feb 2012|
|Molehill Copse Primary||Notice to Improve||Dec 2010||Satisfactory progress, May 2011, see below|
|Molehill Copse Primary||Satsisfactory||Jan 2012||see above|
|More Park RC Primary||Satisfactory||Sep 2010|
|Oak Trees Community||Special Measures||Jan 2010||
Sat progress Jun 2010, Nov 2010, Mar 2011
|Oak Trees Community||Satisfactory||Nov 2011|
|Palace Wood Primary||Satisfactory||Nov 2010|
|Park Way Primary||Satisfactory||Oct 2010|
|Platts Heath Primary||Satisfactory||May 2010|
|Roseacre Junior||Good||Jan 2012|
|Sandling Primary||Good||Mar 2012|
|St Francis' RC Primary||Satisfactory||Sep 2010|
|St Mark's CofE Primary, Eccles||Satisfactory||Jan 2012|
|St Michael's CofE Infant||Outstanding||Jun 2011|
|St Michael's CofE Junior||Notice to Improve||Nov 2010||Good Progress Jul 2011|
|St Paul's Infant||Good||May 2012|
|St Peter's CofE Primary, Aylesford||Satisfactory||Nov 2010|
|Sutton Valence Primary||Satisfactory||Oct 2011|
|Ulcombe CofE Primary||Satisfactory||Nov 2011|
|Wateringbury CofE Primary||Satisfactory||Feb 2011|
|West Borough Primary||Satisfactory||Jun 2011||Acting Headteacher|
Issues with admissions 2012 entry (written March 2012)
The first problems I heard about in Maidstone were centred on the Bearsted area, where families are used to going to one of three schools: Madginford Park Infants, Thurnham CofE Infants and St John's CofE Primary. A part of the problem has been created by the large number of siblings gaining places at Thurnham, so that the distance limit for other children shrank drastically from 4.9 miles to 0.6 miles. However, a look at the application figures shows this is nowhere near a full explanation of the problem. For 2011 entry, 28 first choices were turned away in total from the three schools. For September 2012 entry, this figure has leaped to 93 first choices turned away, although it is not clear where all the additional applications came from. In fact Madginford Park Infants is the second most popular school in Kent, turning away 50 first choices from the 135 that applied for its 90 places (Thurnham 29 and St John's 14).
Only 12 places at the three schools went to second or third choices. So where will all those children go? Looking at what I call urban Maidstone, 104 children who were given none of their preferences at popular schools were allocated to other schools in the town. This left precisely NO vacancies out of the 1133 places in the the town's 22 primary schools. So technically any child arriving in town now would be forced to a school outside Maidstone. As distinct from the other areas where there have been problems, KCC has made no provision whatever to meet the extra demand, presumably on the basis that as every child has a school place somewhere, all should be satisfied. (NOTE: A parents petition to KCC eventually saw St John's admission expanding to 60 children (also in year one for 2013 entry. Governros have now approved this. Several articles on issues, most recent being here).
Other schools turning away more than 20 children where they were placed first are St Michael's CofE Infants; East Borough Primary; and Allington Primary; although a total of 13 schools were oversubscribed with first choices. Seven schools were forced to accept children who hadn't applied for them, with nearly half the total being sent to St Paul's Infants, which is now half full with allocations.
The one good sign on the horizon (although I originally thought it a very mixed blessing until I saw these numbers) is the new Free School being set up in the New Line Learning Academy premises, Tiger Primary School. This operates independently of the Kent Admission scheme, and claims to have 76 children enrolled for the Reception class. These will also have been offered places at one of the county schools, and so some places will be freed up, probably from Loose Infants, Bell Wood, Molehill Copse and Oak Trees Community School. Another development is that Bell Wood, Oak Trees and St James the Great Infants School (in East Malling), have all been taken over by Academies Enterprise Trust, as explained here.
Let us be precise. On the above figures, Maidstone has the worst problem with primary school provision in the county, although those responsible for planning must have knows from the data they collect for planning, that 2012 was going to be difficult. In several of the other areas with problems, extra provision has been made available. There is none in Maidstone.
Couple all this with the fact that Maidstone has the worst set of OFSTED reports of any part of Kent, and parents may well feel that the county town is getting the short end of the stick.