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
|Oct 16|| |
|Salmestone Primary, Margate||Requires Improvement||July 16||No change|
|Cliftonville Primary, Margate||Outstanding||Nov 16||Up two|
THANET PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2015-16
|Birchington CofE||Good||Jan 16||Up one|
Dame Janet Primary
|Requires Improvement||May 16||Up one|
|Effective Action to remove SM||Sep 15|
|Requires Improvement||Jan 16||Up one|
|St Crispin's, Westgate||Good||Jan 16||No change|
St Laurence in Thanet Junior
|Requires Improvement||May 16||No change|
|St Mildred's Infant, Broadstairs||Outstanding||Jan 16||Up one|
You will find an article referring to Drapers Mills here.
Extract from Thanet Section of article about Oversubscription and Vacancies in Kent Primary Schools in 2015: "Just threeschools at the north or Margate end of Thanet have vacancies, Garlinge, which appears to have few problems, with 34, and two schools disastrously run by Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT), Drapers Mills with 43 and Salmestone with four. All the other eight schools are turning away first choices".
THANET PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2014-15
|Bromstone, Broadstairs||Good||Mar 15||Up one|
Proprietor's Statement not fit for purpose
Academy Action Plan not fit for purpose
Reasonable progress to removing SM
|Palm Bay, Cliftonville||Good||Oct 14||No change|
|St Ethelbert's RC, Ramsgate||Good||Jul 15||No change|
|Upton Junior, Broadstairs||Outstanding||Nov 14||Up one|
Information from Oversubscription Survey of Kent primary schools, for entry September 2014.
Thanet has also been a pressure point for years with parents trying to avoid a number of low performing or OFSTED failed schools. The polarisation of choice is very sharp here, with Priory Infants turning away 42 first choices, followed by Palm Bay and St Crispin’s Infants (35) and Holy Trinity and St John’s CofE (25) and Callis Grange Infants, also 25. Just four schools have all 112 vacancies between them, Bromstone, Dame Janet Academy, Drapers Mill and Garlinge. These four schools also have the large majority of the 94 Local Authority Allocations.
THANET PRIMARY SCHOOL OFSTED REPORTS 2013-14
|Birchington CofE||Requires Improvement||Sep 13||No change|
|Garlinge, Margate||Good||Jun 14||Up one|
|Dame Janet Primary Academy||Requires Improvement||Feb 14||1st academy insp|
|Drapers Mills Primary Academy||Special Measures||Jun 14||Down one|
After SW school improvement plan fit for purpose
sponsor statement of action fit for purpose
|reasonable progress towards removal of SW||Jun 14|
|Northdown, Margate (see below)||Good||Jun 14||Up one|
|Priory Infants, Ramsgate||Good||Feb 14||No change|
|Salmestone, Margate (see below)||Requires Improvement||Jun 14||No change|
|St Joseph's Catholic, Broadstairs||Good||Sep 13||No change|
|St Saviours CofE Junior, Westgate||Good||Mar 14||No change|
Critical OFSTED Report on TKAT, the Academy Trust responsible for: Dame Janet; Drapers Mills; Newlands; Northdown; Salmestone published July
|Bromstone, Broadstairs||Requires Improvement||Mar 13||No change|
|Chilton, Ramsgate||Good||Mar 13||Up one|
|Garlinge, Margate||Requires Improvement||Mar 13||No change|
|Holy Trinity & St John's CofE, Margate||Good||Jun 13||No change|
|Minster CofE||Good||Nov 12||Up one|
|Newlands *||Serious Weaknesses||Jun 13||Down one|
|St Mary's Catholic, Margate||Requires Improvement||Mar 13||No change|
|St Laurence in Thanet CE Junior Academy||Requires Improvement||Jan 14||No change|
|St Peter in Thanet CofE Junior, Broadstairs||Requires Improvement||May 13||Down one|
* Newlands is now an academy run by The Kemnal Academies Trust, along with Northdwon and Salmestone. Since conversion its OFSTED reating has declined from satisfactory to Serious Weaknesses
Pre September 2012 Reports
|Birchington CofE Primary||Satisfactory||Mar 2012|
|Bromstone Primary, Broadstairs||Satisfactory||Mar 2011|
|Christ Church CfE Junior, Ramsgate||Special Measures||Oct 2010|| |
Satisfactory Progress Mar 2011, satis Prog Jun 2011, Satis progress Oct 2011,
|Christ Church CfE Junior, Ramsgate||Satisfactory||Mar 2012||see above|
|Cliftonville Prmary, Margate||Satisfactory||Jun 2012|
|Dame Janet Community Infants, Ramsgate||Special Measures||Feb 2012||Inadequate progress Jul 2012|
|Dame Janet Community Junior, Ramsgate||Satisfactory||May 2011|
|Drapers Mill Primary , Margate *||Satisfactory||Mar 2011|
|Garlinge Primary, Margate||Satisfactory||Jan 2011|
|Minster CofE Primary||Satisfactory||Sep 2010|
|Monkton CofE Primary, Margate||Outstanding||Oct 2011|
|Newlands Primary, Ramsgate *||Satisfactory||Mar 2011|
|Newington Communty Primary, Ramsgate||Good||Jun 2012|
|Priory Infant||Good||Sep 2010|
|St Crispin's Community Infant, Westgate||Good||May 2011|
|St Gregory's Catholic Primary||Satisfactory||Nov 2010|
|St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Broadstairs||Good||Jun 2011|
|St Laurence in Thanet CofE Junior||Satisfactory||May 2010|
|St Mildred's Infant, Broadstairs||Good||Mar 2011|
|Upton Junior||Good||Jun 2010|
Admission Issues for September 2012 Entry (written March 2012)
Although pressure on Primary School places in Thanet is just as serious as in other parts of the county, it is often not considered by the media and others, as some parts of the county clearly have a higher profile.
The 2009 KCC paper forecast there would be no vacant spaces in Thanet for 2011. Thanet divides into two for KCC purposes, a north end, centred on Margate, and a south end around Ramsgate. Most pressures come in the south. Most problems in the north were dissipated in 2011 by adding in 30 places at Drapers Mill Primary School. For 2012 entry, KCC has added in another 60 places in three schools resulting in 93 free places and a reduction of 11 to 37 allocations.
However, in south Thanet, the situation is far tighter. For 2011 entry, another 15 places were introduced at Bromstone Primary School, allowing 23 children to be allocated to the school who had not applied for it, leaving a total of just 23 places free. In total 40 children were allocated places by KCC.
For 2012, a further 60 places were provided, 30 each at Callis Grange Nursery and Infant School and Newlands Primary School. Even with this input, there were just 8 places free across the whole area, 7 at Bromstone Primary. 65 places were allocated to the only three schools that would in any case have had vacancies, Newlands, Bromstone and Dame Janet Community Infant. One has to ask why it is that across the county a high proportion of those schools being expanded are amongst the least popular. Once again one senses that KCC is reduced to providing sufficient school places in the area, without regard to their suitability to try and match parental choice.