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Why Kent is A* When it Comes to Quality Primary Schooling

02-05-2024 Blog

For young families moving to a new house in a new area, having good access to quality schools can make or break a relocation plan. The decision has particular relevance for parents of primary-aged children, with the formative learning years being most crucial to a child’s educational development.

Two school children with drawings

As of 2023/2024, Kent has 572 primary schools, serving 162,532 pupils. A total of 3.47% of the county’s primary schools are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted).

Ofsted grades schools on a four-point scale. They are judged by inspectors on a common framework which assesses effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, personal development, behaviour and welfare, and pupil outcomes. On the four-point rating scale, grade 1 – ‘outstanding’ – is the highest outcome schools can achieve.

Teacher in front of blackboard

Here are some local state-run Kent primary schools rated outstanding by Ofsted, following inspections carried out between January 1st 2022 and October 2nd 2023, are as follows: 

  • Allington Primary School, London Road, Maidstone
    • Date of inspection: July 2022
    • Pupil intake: (mixed) 465, aged five-to-11
  • Bearsted Primary School, Weavering, Maidstone
    • Date of inspection: January 2023
    • Pupil intake: (mixed) 226, aged three-to-11
  • Challock Primary School, Challock, Ashford
    • Date of inspection: July 2023
    • Pupil intake: (mixed) 210, aged four-to-11
  • Great Chart Primary School, Singleton, Ashford
    • Date of inspection: June 2023
    • Pupil intake: (mixed) 423, aged four-to-11
  • Lady Boswell’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Sevenoaks
    • Date of inspection: May 2022
    • Pupil intake: (mixed) 423, aged five-to-11
  • Roseacre Junior School, Bearsted, Maidstone
    • Date of inspection: November 2022
    • Pupil intake: (mixed) 425, aged seven-to-11
  • The Discovery School, West Malling
    • Date of inspection: May 2023
    • Pupil intake: (mixed), 627, aged four-to-11
  • Tunstall Church of England (Aided) Primary School, Sittingbourne
    • Date of inspection: May 2023
    • Pupil intake: (mixed), 419, aged four-to-11
  • Valley Invicta Primary School at Aylesford
    • Date of inspection: May 2023
    • Pupil intake: (mixed), 389, aged five-to-11
School children in colourful classroom.

Therefore, as well as being blessed with more than its fair share of desirably-located residential developments, Kent has a range of quality schools to suit the educational needs of young children, and families looking to make the Garden of England their home. Thinking of making that move? See our portfolio of dream new homes in Kent at: https://clarendonhomes.co.uk/new-builds/