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Herne Bay Infant School

Herne Bay Infant School
Stanley Road
Herne Bay

phone: 01227 372245

headteacher: Mrs Bernadette Lax Lax Ba Hons Pgce Npqh

reveal email: head…

school holidays: via Kent council

411 pupils aged 2—6y mixed gender
360 pupils capacity: 113% full

215 boys 52%


195 girls 47%


Last updated: June 19, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 617893, Northing: 167868
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.368, Longitude: 1.1289
Accepting pupils
3—7 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Jan. 22, 2014
Region › Const. › Ward
South East › North Thanet › Heron
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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14 May 2014
Mrs Bernadette Lax
Herne Bay Infant School
Stanley Road
Herne Bay
Dear Mrs Lax

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Herne Bay Infant

Following my visit to your school on 13 May 2014, I write on behalf of Her Majesty’s

Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the findings.

Thank you for the help you gave me and for the time you made available to discuss
the actions you are taking to improve the school since the most recent section 5
The visit was the first monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in January 2014. It was carried out
under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.
Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring
improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection. The school should take
further action to:

 make sure an external review of the school’s use of the pupil premium

funding takes place as a matter of urgency

 ensure governors develop a meaningful action plan in response to their

external review which strengthens their impact on the school’s

 link the governing body with another local, rapidly improving governing

body to share best practice in holding leaders to account

 use the pupil progress milestones in the school improvement plan to

check that actions taken are making a difference.

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During the visit, meetings were held with you and your acting deputy headteacher,
six members of the governing body and two representatives from the local authority
to discuss the actions taken since the last inspection. We walked around the

classrooms and I evaluated the schools’ improvement plan. I looked at a range of

documents that you provided for me which included the monitoring and review
summary, notes of visits from the local authority advisers, records of governor visits,
the report following the external review of governance, action plans and a teaching
support plan.


Since the last section 5 inspection there have been high levels of staff sickness
absence, including in two of the Year 1 classes. Three of the four reception teachers
are leaving at the end of July. One Year 2 teacher has left and the class is being
taught by two supply teachers. Another Year 2 teacher will be working part time
from September and sharing the class with a teacher returning from maternity leave.
Currently, five of the seven teacher vacancies for September have been filled.
Support staff have been restructured, resulting in some redundancies. One governor
has resigned and two parent governor vacancies have been filled.

Main findings

Despite significant staff absence, senior leaders have not been diverted from the key
priorities for improvement. Since the last inspection, with support and challenge
from local authority advisers, a useful improvement plan has been developed which
is focused on the areas where the school needs to do better. The plan includes
quantifiable targets and clear milestones to help leaders and governors check that

the quality of teaching and pupils’ progress improves each term. However, a

separate document to monitor and evaluate the improvement plan is not
manageable or helpful to governors because it does not use the crucial pupil
progress and teaching milestones in the improvement plan.
The focus of classroom observations by leaders and visits by governors has been
aligned to the priorities for improvement. Leaders now follow up action points from
their observations more systematically to check that any recommendations made are
put into practice by teachers. Support and training plans help any teachers who do

not reach the school’s higher and clearer expectations.

In the reception classes, training and advice on managing behaviour and planning
activities that interest and challenge children of different abilities are making a
difference. Observations show that children are more involved in purposeful tasks so
concentrate for longer and become less distracted. Reception teachers and teaching
assistants plan together each day to make sure activities, particularly in the outdoor
area, are based on observations of what children need to learn next.
The quality of feedback and marking in pupils’ books is looked at regularly to make
sure it gives pupils the information they need to improve their learning. More needs
to be done to make sure there is high-quality feedback to pupils in all classes and
that all teachers can accurately judge how much progress their pupils make through
the year.
Governors are beginning to understand how they need to hold leaders accountable
for the quality of teaching and learning by using the school improvement plan and
asking probing questions. The external review of governance has been too slow to
complete and is of poor quality. The governing body has only very recently received
the report which tells them little more than the last inspection about what they need
to do better. The lack of urgency in completing the review means that governors do
not have the detailed information they need to plan how they are going to rapidly

become more effective. The recommendation for a review of the school’s use of the

pupil premium funding has not taken place. The headteacher has had significant
difficulties identifying a suitable person to carry out the review, which needs to take
place as a matter of urgency. The delays in both reviews have hindered the

development of the governing body and its contribution to the school’s improvement

Ofsted may carry out further visits and, where necessary, provide further support
and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection. I will visit again in the
autumn to look at how well milestone measures are being used to assess the

school’s progress, including by observing a governors’ meeting.

External support

Well-focused support, balanced with effective challenge, from the local authority
school improvement advisers has helped senior leaders develop their improvement
plan and contributed to improvements in the reception classes. Links with other local
schools have been used sensibly to improve classroom practice and share key
documents. The local authority has rightly identified that the governing body would
benefit too from linking with another local, rapidly improving governing body.

I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body and the Corporate
Director of Education, Learning and Skills for Kent.

Yours sincerely
Jackie Krafft

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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