Cliftonville Primary and Pre-School is an excellent school the children are happy and thriving. The dedication and hard work from the entire school team is outstanding and clear to see. I am extremely happy with Daniel's progress since starting at the Pre-School. He seems to have made a lovely group of friends and enjoys coming in every day. I can't wait to see him progress further. Presence of Teachers and caretakers at pick up and drop off really help you feel safe. The well-being of the pupils is outstanding. They have gone above and beyond to make sure my children have felt safe at school. My child is happy to come to school, the staff are visible and approachable. It is a lovely school with a welcoming feel and a positive atmosphere. Highly visible leadership team. A feeling of pride in the school. Supportive school for both parents and children. As parents we feel really proud that our son comes to such a great school, which we knew was fabulous whether OFSTED told us or not!


Cliftonville Primary and Pre-School celebrates following Ofsted’s outstanding rating December 2016


An Ofsted inspection at Cliftonville Primary and Pre-School just before Christmas has rated all areas as outstanding. The school joins a small number of schools across Kent to receive this highest of accolades with only 5% of primary schools nationally graded as outstanding.


Head Teacher Jane Troth said: ‘We are thrilled with their findings which represents the hard work and dedication of an amazingly talented staff and governing body, wonderful children and supportive parents. The recognition of our unwavering and uncompromising determination to provide the very best education for the children is fantastic. That every single aspect of the school is rated as outstanding is extremely rare and I am hugely proud of what, as a team, we have achieved. Expectations of schools have, rightly, been raised and the thresholds to meet an outstanding rating increased accordingly. It is an immense privilege to lead the largest primary school in the county that Ofsted recognised still retains a family feel.’


Some key findings include:


  • The leadership team has created a culture of high aspirations, challenge and support which ensures that all groups of pupils thrive and flourish

  • Teaching and learning are outstanding; teaching captures the interests and imagination of pupils

  • It is an exceptionally caring school

  • Behaviour is outstanding. Pupils are polite, respectful and well mannered. Their behaviour in and around the school is exemplary

  • Children get off to a flying start in early years because there is exemplary practice in the pre-school and reception classes.

  • The curriculum is strongly underpinned by pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development



The school is part of a local academy trust. Paul Luxmoore, Executive Head Teacher of the Coastal Academies Trust, said:


‘This represents a remarkable turnaround for the school and clearly demonstrates what can be achieved with outstanding leadership. I can't recall ever having read such a positive and long report. There are no 'buts'. It is testament to the brilliant work done by Jane and her hugely talented team who have been unswerving in their commitment and ambition for the school. The Trust understands the importance of this outcome not only for the school but for Thanet too. We are delighted and very proud that the outstanding and exemplary practice at Cliftonville is already being shared with schools locally and indeed nationally.'