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Phoenix Community Primary School

Phoenix Community Primary School
Belmont Road

phone: 01233 622510

head teacher: Mr Rob Juniper

reveal email: yvo…


school holidays: via Kent council

208 pupils aged 4—10y mixed gender
210 pupils capacity: 99% full

100 boys 48%


105 girls 50%


Last updated: June 20, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
Open date
April 1, 2003
Reason open
Result of Amalgamation
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 601583, Northing: 144521
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.164, Longitude: 0.88179
Accepting pupils
4—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
July 10, 2012
Region › Const. › Ward
South East › Ashford › Bybrook
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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Age group 4–11
Inspection date(s) 10–11 July 2012
Inspection number 381574

Phoenix Community Primary School

Inspection report

Unique reference number 133961
Local authority Kent
Inspection number 381574
Inspection dates 10–11 July 2012
Lead inspector Helen Howard

This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.

Type of school Primary
School category Community
Age range of pupils 4–11
Gender of pupils Mixed
Number of pupils on the school roll 203
Appropriate authority The governing body
Chair Julie Pepper
Headteacher Robert Juniper
Date of previous school inspection 9–10 July 2009
School address Belmont Road
TN24 9LS
Telephone number 01233 622510
Fax number 01233 622510
Email address reveal email: head…
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Inspection team

Helen Howard Additional inspector
Anthony Munday Additional inspector

This inspection was carried out with two days' notice. Inspectors observed 20 lessons
taught by seven teachers. They met with groups of pupils, members of the governing
body and members of staff. Inspectors took account of the responses to the online
Parent View survey in planning the inspection, observed the school’s work, and
looked at school documentation, including data about pupils’ progress, and self-
evaluation and monitoring records. They also analysed questionnaires received from
43 parents and carers.

Information about the school

Phoenix Community Primary is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The
proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals is much
higher than average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special
educational needs who are supported at school action plus or have a statement of
special educational needs is higher than average. The majority of these have
moderate learning difficulties or speech, language and communication difficulties.
More than a quarter of pupils join or leave the school part-way through their
education. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the
minimum expectations for attainment and progress.
The school runs a breakfast club for its pupils which formed part of the inspection. A

children’s centre, which shares the site, is inspected separately.

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Inspection judgements

Overall effectiveness 2
Achievement of pupils 2
Quality of teaching 2
Behaviour and safety of pupils 1
Leadership and management 2

Key findings

  • This is a good school. It is not yet outstanding because while teaching is mainly
    good or better, pupils do not make rapid and sustained progress. Higher ability
    pupils do not have sufficient opportunity to work independently in lessons and
    boys’ attainment in writing remains below that of girls.
  • Pupils, including disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs,
    make good progress overall and, in an increasing proportion of lessons, their
    progress is outstanding. From starting points that are below and sometimes
    well below age-related expectations on entry to Reception, pupils make good
    progress throughout the school and attain close to national expectations by the
    end of Year 6.
  • Teachers have good subject knowledge, use time very well and provide a wide
    range of motivating activities. They use assessment information skilfully to plan
    work that matches pupils’ individual needs and ability levels. However, a very
    small minority of pupils are not always given reading texts that help them to
    practise their newly acquired early reading skills.
  • Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is exemplary. They are
    friendly and very respectful of others. Their excellent attitudes to learning and
    curiosity enable them to make the most of all opportunities offered to them in
    lessons. They feel very safe in school and actively support each other.
  • The headteacher is supported well by senior leaders and by the governing body.
    Since the last inspection, attainment in mathematics has risen as a result of a
    whole-school focus. The quality of teaching has improved through effective
    performance management and through strong leadership of professional
    development. Attendance, which was low, has rapidly improved and is now
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What does the school need to do to improve further?

  • By July 2013, improve the quality of teaching so that a greater proportion is
    outstanding by:
    offering more opportunities for higher ability pupils to learn independently.
    ensuring that lower ability pupils are always given texts that support their
    practice of early reading skills.
  • Raise boys’ attainment in writing by consistently offering more scope for them
    to link work to their interests.

Main report

Achievement of pupils

Children start school with skills and abilities that are below age-related expectations
in most areas. By the time they leave school, their attainment is broadly average in
both English and mathematics. Attainment fluctuates yearly as a result of the high
proportion of pupils who join or leave the school part-way through their education.
Nevertheless, pupils make good progress overall relative to their starting points.
While boys make good progress overall in writing, their attainment remains below
that of girls. The school is addressing this by introducing work that is more closely

related to boys’ interests, but this is not yet consistently offered in lessons.

Children in Reception make good progress because there are effective links with the

children’s centre and adults take every opportunity to focus on learning. For
example, when children were setting up a ‘car washing facility’ using toys, the
teacher encouraged others to ‘pay’ for the service with coins so that they could

reinforce what they were learning about money. Others were encouraged to write an
advertisement for the car wash. Consequently, they made particularly good progress
in writing and in development of mathematical skills.
Throughout the school, pupils continue to make good progress in all areas. The
school has recently introduced a new approach to teaching phonics (linking sounds

to letters) and consequently pupils’ progress is accelerating in reading, particularly in
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Pupils’ attainment overall in reading at the end of Year

2 is close to national expectations and in the current Year 6 is above average.

Pupils’ love of learning is evident in all lessons and they particularly enjoy practical

and creative activities. In a Year 6 mathematics lesson for example, pupils explored
number sequences to estimate how many hats could be designed with different
coloured Olympic rings. Each group of pupils had equipment including coloured
cubes, pens, hula hoops, cones and computer software. At the end of the lesson, the
class could ascertain which had helped them the most and as a result, they made

outstanding progress. Pupils’ attainment in mathematics has rapidly improved

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recently as a result of this whole-school focus on practical activities.
Groups of pupils, including disabled pupils, those who have special educational needs
and those who are known to be eligible for free school meals, make good progress
because they have well-matched activities in lessons and they are effectively
supported by teaching assistants. Pupils who join the school part-way through their
education make good progress because the school supports transition very well.
Almost all parents and carers feel that their children are making good progress.

Quality of teaching

In almost all lessons, teaching is good and an increasing proportion is outstanding.
The use of time is a consistent strength across the school and not a moment is
wasted. Teachers plan a variety of imaginative activities so that pupils of all abilities
are motivated and can succeed. For example, a Year 4 classroom was transformed to
an underwater sea world and pupils entered the room with goggles and masks,

‘swimming’ into the imaginary setting. Consequently, they explored how they felt and

what they saw and were able to apply their thoughts to simple and complex

sentences, using vocabulary such as ‘silhouette’ and ‘distress call’. The high quality of

classroom displays across the school contributes to how well pupils engage with
learning. While higher ability pupils make good progress overall, they are not always
given enough opportunities to learn independently and, in these lessons, their
progress slows.
Teachers use assessment well to plan activities, to give pupils feedback on how well
they are doing and to inform what they need to do to improve their work. They use
marking well to set challenges or to edit work, and give time for pupils to respond.

Teachers provide ‘steps to success’, which give pupils detailed criteria for their

learning and pupils use these well to assess their work.
Teachers plan carefully for all groups of pupils and for individuals who are assessed
as underperforming. They set specific activities to accelerate progress. Teaching
assistants support disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs well
and consequently, they make good progress. These pupils are also supported well by
their peers, who encourage and help them in paired work.
Teachers and teaching assistants provide effective phonics teaching across Reception
and in Years 1 to 4. Pupils enjoy these sessions because the pace is good and they
are constantly encouraged to do well. They make accelerated progress in these
sessions, although for a very small minority of lower ability pupils, progress slows
when the texts they are given do not give them the opportunity to use their new
skills in context.

Teachers provide good opportunities for developing pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and

cultural awareness, particularly through themed activities and in assemblies. They
plan a wide variety of activities in projects that include teaching about different
cultures and religions. For example the Asian Experience project in Years 5 and 6
develops an awareness of the main faiths and cultures of China and India and
includes an appreciation of dance and art.

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Behaviour and safety of pupils

Pupils thoroughly enjoy coming to school and this is reflected in their improving
attendance, which is now average and rising rapidly. Pupils are extremely polite and
take responsibility for their own and each other’s outstanding behaviour. The vast
majority of parents, carers and pupils say that behaviour is good in school. Older

pupils are ‘playground heroes’, helping younger pupils to play. Pupils are consistently

welcoming, considerate and proud to talk about their work. In lessons, they are
absorbed in their learning, support each other very well and benefit from the
excellent role models that adults provide. One child in Reception, for example,
supported a child who was struggling to read a word by saying, ‘Look at that picture.

There’s a bug on the hen. What do you think the word might be then?’

Pupils say that they feel very safe in school and almost all parents and carers agree.
Pupils speak highly of the visitors who teach them about safety, especially regarding
railway safety. They are acutely aware of the different types of bullying, including
cyber- and prejudice-based bullying, although they could not think of any incidents

that had occurred in the school. Older pupils act as ‘peer mediators’, helping to

resolve arguments when they occur.
Pupils who have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties are supported very well
by adults. Teachers skilfully manage behaviour in lessons so that there is no
disruption to learning. Over time, records confirm that behaviour of individual pupils
notably improves in response to good teaching and effective in-school and external

Leadership and management

The strong leadership of the headteacher is enhanced by good support from senior
leaders and managers and by the effective governing body. Leaders and managers
know the school well and take effective action to address weaknesses. Strong
partnerships with the local authority, a hub of six primary schools and local
secondary schools have resulted in improvements since the last inspection, including
in achievement, the quality of teaching, behaviour and attendance. This
demonstrates strong capacity for further improvement.
Parents and carers are highly supportive and almost all of those who responded say
the school helps them to support their child’s learning. The school engages parents
and carers well through a number of parent and carer workshops and with the home
learning tasks that encourage them to work with their children.
Since the last inspection, the curriculum has been developed and provides creative
and memorable experiences for pupils through a range of linked activities, trips and
visits. A recent Year 5 and 6 trip to London gave pupils the opportunity to create a
large-scale model railway that includes famous landmarks. The model was produced
by the whole year group and very effectively linked mathematics, design and
technology and artwork. The breakfast club provides play and activities for pupils and
is effectively used to encourage them to attend booster sessions for mathematics
and English.

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The recently restructured governing body has renewed its focus on pupils’ outcomes

and teaching. Safeguarding arrangements meet statutory requirements. Governors
hold senior leaders to account through external reports and in regular visits to the

school. School leaders monitor the school’s work well and have improved the quality

of teaching through effective performance management and the provision of a
variety of professional development activities, including peer-coaching, joint
observations and visits to and from other primary schools.
The school is highly inclusive and ensures that all pupils have equal access to
activities. There are no reported incidents of discrimination and all groups of pupils
make good progress overall.

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What inspection judgements mean

Grade Judgement Description
Grade 1 Outstanding These features are highly effective. An outstanding
school provides exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs.
Grade 2 Good These are very positive features of a school. A school
that is good is serving its pupils well.
Grade 3 Satisfactory These features are of reasonable quality. A satisfactory
school is providing adequately for its pupils.
Grade 4 Inadequate These features are not of an acceptable standard. An
inadequate school needs to make significant
improvement in order to meet the needs of its pupils.
Ofsted inspectors will make further visits until it

Overall effectiveness of schools

Overall effectiveness judgement (percentage of schools)
Type of school Outstanding Good Satisfactory Inadequate
Nursery schools 54 42 2 2
Primary schools 14 49 32 6
20 39 34 7
Special schools 33 45 20 3
Pupil referral
9 55 28 8
All schools 16 47 31 6

New school inspection arrangements have been introduced from 1 January 2012. This means that
inspectors make judgements that were not made previously.
The data in the table above are for the period 1 September to 31 December 2011 and represent
judgements that were made under the school inspection arrangements that were introduced on 1
September 2009. These data are consistent with the latest published official statistics about
maintained school inspection outcomes (see
The sample of schools inspected during 2010/11 was not representative of all schools nationally, as
weaker schools are inspected more frequently than good or outstanding schools.
Primary schools include primary academy converters. Secondary schools include secondary academy
converters, sponsor-led academies and city technology colleges. Special schools include special
academy converters and non-maintained special schools.

Percentages are rounded and do not always add exactly to 100.

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Common terminology used by inspectors

Achievement: the progress and success of a pupil in their

learning and development taking account of their

Attainment: the standard of the pupils’ work shown by test and

examination results and in lessons.

Attendance: the regular attendance of pupils at school and in

lessons, taking into account the school’s efforts to

encourage good attendance.

Behaviour: how well pupils behave in lessons, with emphasis

on their attitude to learning. Pupils’ punctuality to

lessons and their conduct around the school.

Capacity to improve: the proven ability of the school to continue

improving based on its self-evaluation and what
the school has accomplished so far and on the
quality of its systems to maintain improvement.

Floor standards: the national minimum expectation of attainment

and progression measures.

Leadership and management: the contribution of all the staff with responsibilities,

not just the governors and headteacher, to
identifying priorities, directing and motivating staff
and running the school.

Learning: how well pupils acquire knowledge, develop their

understanding, learn and practise skills and are
developing their competence as learners.

Overall effectiveness: inspectors form a judgement on a school’s overall

effectiveness based on the findings from their
inspection of the school.

Progress: the rate at which pupils are learning in lessons and

over longer periods of time. It is often measured

by comparing the pupils’ attainment at the end of a

key stage with their attainment when they started.

Safety: how safe pupils are in school, including in lessons,

and their understanding of risks. Pupils’ freedom

from bullying and harassment. How well the school
promotes safety, for example e-learning.

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12 July 2012
Dear Pupils

Inspection of Phoenix Community Primary School, Kent TN24 9LS

You may remember that two of us came to visit your school recently. Thank you for
such a wonderful welcome.
Phoenix Primary is a good school that is continuing to improve. We saw how much
you enjoy lessons and how well you make progress. You said that you particularly
enjoy lessons when there is something practical to do and we agree. We enjoyed
your model railway and could see how much work you had put into it.
You think that teaching is good and we agree. We loved the way that your teachers
have made your classrooms such exciting places to be, such as the farm, the woods,
and the underwater sea world. We could see that some of you, who find learning
easier, enjoy learning independently and we think that you could have even more
opportunities to do this. We also think that a few of you who are learning to read
need books that will make it easier for you to practise your new skills. We could see
how well you have made progress in writing, although we think that some boys do
not always have work in writing that matches their interests. We thought that your
behaviour was outstanding in lessons and at playtimes. We were very impressed with
how you help each other to behave and learn well.
We have asked the school to do these things to help you do even better.

  • Make sure that, in all lessons, those of you who find work easy have more
    opportunities to work independently.
  • Make sure that pupils who are learning to read are always given books that
    help them to practise their sounds and letter combinations more easily.
  • Help boys do even better in writing by linking more of their work to their
    You can help by continuing to do your best.
    Yours sincerely
    Helen Howard
    Lead inspector
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