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Loose Infant School Closed - result of amalgamation Aug. 31, 2014

Loose Primary School Result of Amalgamation
Loose Junior School Result of Amalgamation

Loose Infant School
Loose Road

phone: 01622 *** ***

executive headteacher: Mrs Jay Pye


school holidays: via Kent council

270 pupils aged 4—6y mixed gender
270 pupils capacity: 100% full

145 boys 54%


125 girls 46%


Last updated: Sept. 1, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
Close date
Aug. 31, 2014
Reason closed
Result of Amalgamation
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 576115, Northing: 152490
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.244, Longitude: 0.52184
Accepting pupils
5—7 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
June 27, 2013
Region › Const. › Ward
South East › Maidstone and The Weald › Loose
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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Schools nearby

  1. Loose Junior School ME159UW (367 pupils)
  2. Loose Primary School ME159UW
  3. 0.6 miles Oldborough Manor Community School ME159QL
  4. 0.6 miles Five Acre Wood School ME159QL (218 pupils)
  5. 0.6 miles New Line Learning Academy ME159QL (587 pupils)
  6. 0.6 miles Tiger Primary School ME159QL (140 pupils)
  7. 0.9 miles Oak Trees Community School ME159AX
  8. 0.9 miles The Cornwallis School ME174HX
  9. 0.9 miles Cornwallis Academy ME174HX (1507 pupils)
  10. 0.9 miles Oaks Academy ME159AX (153 pupils)
  11. 1.1 mile Molehill Copse Primary School ME157ND
  12. 1.1 mile Molehill Copse Primary School ME157ND (286 pupils)
  13. 1.2 mile Boughton Monchelsea Primary School ME174HP (212 pupils)
  14. 1.2 mile Senacre Technology College ME159DT
  15. 1.3 mile Park Way Primary School ME157AH (296 pupils)
  16. 1.3 mile South Borough Primary School ME156TL (239 pupils)
  17. 1.3 mile Coxheath Primary School ME174PS (246 pupils)
  18. 1.3 mile Coxheath County Junior School ME174PS
  19. 1.3 mile Coxheath Infant School ME174PS
  20. 1.4 mile Shepway Junior School ME158DD
  21. 1.4 mile Bell Wood Infant and Nursery School ME159JR
  22. 1.5 mile Shepway Infant School ME158DF
  23. 1.5 mile Bell Wood Community School ME159EZ
  24. 1.5 mile Tovil, St Stephen's Church of England Infant School ME156QY

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8 November 2013
Ms Jay Pye
Executive Headteacher
Loose Infant School
Loose Road
ME15 9UW
Dear Ms Pye

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Loose Infant School

Following my visit to your school on 8 November 2013, I write on behalf of Her

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

findings of my visit. 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 inspection.
The visit was the first monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in June 2013. 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:

 Strengthen the ways in which senior leaders’ evaluate the

effectiveness of teaching by ensuring that achievement, teaching and
its impact on pupils’ behaviour are judged separately whenever lessons
are observed.


During the visit, I met with you, other senior leaders and the Chair of the Governing
Body to discuss the action taken since the last inspection. I evaluated the school
improvement plan and spoke on the telephone with a local authority adviser. The
head of school took me on a tour of the school enabling me to go into lessons,
speak to pupils and look at their work.

1-4 Portland Square
T 0300 123 1231
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Main findings

Since the last inspection you have taken decisive action to ensure that the school will
progress rapidly to an Ofsted judgement of good. With this in mind, all scheduled
staff meetings are now appropriately focused on improving teaching with an element
of training provided. These meetings have also been wisely supplemented with
additional whole school training events to address each of the areas that were
identified in the report. For example, in relation to pupils’ behaviour, leaders have
reviewed the policy and training has been provided on the most effective strategies
to adopt.
All teachers are now correctly required to provide learning objectives for each of
their lessons with specified success criteria that enable pupils and their teachers to
know if the learning has progressed. In addition, you have asked all teachers to
provide visible ‘learning walls’ in their classrooms in order to promote the

development of pupils’ literacy and numeracy. Pupils appreciate the learning walls

and enjoy contributing to them. Each of these strategies was clearly in evidence in
the lessons I visited on my tour.
Work has begun to improve the quality of marking and planning of lessons through
rigorous teaching and learning audits of each year group in turn. At the time of my
visit, the reception and Year 2 classes had already been audited with appropriate
actions for improvement arising, notably in the marking of mathematics. Further
training, with a specific focus on marking across all subjects, is scheduled to take
place later on this term.
In the Early Year Foundation stage, you have conducted a thorough review of
teacher assessments. External verification of the process was provided by local
authority advisers alongside staff from an Infant school judged outstanding by
Ofsted at its last inspection. Local authority advisers are now confident that teacher
assessments in this setting are accurate and the necessary support to improve the
achievement of a few pupils is in place.
To strengthen the capacity of leadership, subject leaders have now been
appropriately linked with their equivalents in the junior school. The process was
initiated by a whole day of training in September when leaders from the junior
school worked alongside their peers at the Infant’s school to share best practice in

planning and monitoring activities. This was the first of a series of planned ‘joined-
up’ events. However, it is too soon to measure the impact of this approach.

Governors are aware of the need to secure rapid improvements. The Chair of
Governors requires six weekly reports on pupils’ progress in relation to their starting
points and targets set. She also requires routine updates about the quality of
teaching. Governors are aware that the leadership structure of the school needs to
be reviewed and are researching best practice elsewhere in order to inform future
Ofsted may carry out further visits and, where necessary, provide further support
and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection.

External support

The local authority has provided timely and effective support. An adviser has been
assigned to the school to provide additional challenge and support. She has already
been involved in the reviews of teaching and learning with further input scheduled
during the latter part of this term. You have also commissioned additional input from
a retired headteacher to offer extra capacity in the long-term absence of two
substantive members of the senior leadership team. Advisers recognise the need for
a more effective model of leadership to underpin the necessary improvements at the
school and will be supporting governors in determining the best possible fit.

I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body and the Director of

Children’s Services for Kent.

Yours sincerely
Lesley Farmer

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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