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At Burnt Oak Primary School we pride ourselves on the high quality support we give to the most disadvantaged of pupils and to those with special educational needs and disabilities. Because as a school we admit far more of such pupils than the 'average' school this impacts negatively on our test data. 

It is therefore with disappointment that during our recent inspection an over-emphasis was placed on these test results, leading to inspectors ignoring the excellent inclusive practice within the school as recognised by assessors who awarded the school Centre of Excellence status in both 2017 and 2018.

As a school we do of course strive to improve test data and have over the last 2 years increased the proportion of pupils achieving 'expected' in reading, writing and maths by 30%. This gives us a figure of 57% of pupils at 'expected' in 2018 which is only 3% below the Medway average of 60% and 7% below the National average of 64%.

Please be assured that we do have high expectations of pupils at Burnt Oak Primary School and we will continue to support pupils to achieve their very best. However we also believe that success at school is so much more than good test results, and that in particular for our most vulnerable pupils, a high level of care and emotional support is vital. Parents understand this which is why we are a heavily over-subscribed school with a considerable waiting list for places.

We do not believe the published inspection report is a true reflection of the school and consequently submitted a formal complaint to Ofsted for the manner in which the inspection was carried out. Sue Cox (Her Majesty’s Inspector - Ofsted) has now acknowledged and apologised for certain failings by the inspection team but has nevertheless upheld their judgements.

Next steps

Please be assured that all staff and governors are fully committed to addressing the points raised by the inspection team to ensure that pupils receive the very best education at Burnt Oak Primary School.  We will also be seeking early re-inspection so that the judgements made in June 2018 can be quickly overturned. 


Mrs Heidi Barton                                                         Mr Paul Clarke

Headteacher                                                               Chair of Governors


Please click on the link below to go to our most recent OFSTED report.

OFSTED report 2018