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 SCHOOLS OFSTED REPORTS 2016-17
|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|
SEVENOAKS PRIMARY SCHOOLS
OFSTED REPORTS 2015-16
|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
|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||
|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
|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
|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
|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