Inspectors praise progress at Crowborough primary school


Ashdown Primary School has been inspected by the Government’s watchdog for the first time since the new school was formed through the merger of the Whitehill Infant and Herne Junior schools.

Official opening of Ashdown Primary School

The school was judged to be “good” in all categories by Ofsted.

After previous “staffing turbulence” they said the school now has a dynamic executive headteacher and they praised the leadership team and governors stating the “school is now on a strong footing to improve even further”.

Last year pupils at Ashdown Primary School achieved above the national average in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, and parents were complimentary about the school’s performance:

Parents hold the school in high regard, as they say that their children receive a good quality of education.  Almost all would recommend the school to another parent.

A team of three inspectors visited Ashdown Primary school on the 1st and 2nd May to observe lessons, talk to pupils, parents, staff and governors.  They also considered school policies, improvement plans and records.

Two-areas were highlighted for further improvement in their report: Firstly, they said teachers do not have high enough expectations for most able pupils.  Inspectors do not think they provide them with enough challenging work.  Secondly, they believe Key Stage Leaders do not make full use of school performance information to ensure that pupils make the best possible progress.

Kate Owbridge, Executive Headteacher said:

The report reflects how hard the staff team have worked over the last three years to improve the quality of education for the children in Crowborough.

We are thrilled with how accurately OfSTED have assessed us and recognized everything we’ve done and are still doing to improve.  We are particularly pleased with the outcome for the whole school as Herne Juniors had never had a “good” grading before.

Our areas for development were not a surprise as we had already identified these through our regular self evaluation process, and plans are already in place to address them.

If anyone would like to see the kind of learning our fabulous children get up to, we regularly post photographs on our Twitter account @ashdownprimary.

In September 2015 Whitehill Infant School and Herne Junior School amalgamated to form Ashdown Primary School.  The two schools had been working closely together since a federation was established in September 2009.

The schools were last inspected by Ofsted in 2013, when Whitehill was judged to be “good” but Herne required improvement.  Inspectors use a four-point scale in their assessment of schools: outstanding, good, requires improvement and inadequate.

You can read the full report on the school’s website:  (It is yet to be published on the Ofsted website.)



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  1. This is obviously good news and a resonably balanced article. There was a brief mention of SATs but remember SATs aren’t everything. These are little humans we’re delaing with. Living at the bottom of Whitehill, I see the children going past twice a day and I can see they’re happy. That speaks volumes as well. As for the two focus areas, they are always the most common aspects to be identified in all reports. For a relatively new administration, pupil tracking and stretching the more able take time to implement.

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