More than 90 primary schools in Kent were rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors in 2021, including 40 in East Kent.

The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) inspects services providing education and skills to learners of all ages, and regulates services for children and young people.

They carry out hundreds of regulatory visits every week across England to ensure education, training and care services are of a high standard.

Read more: Kent Ofsted Notes: High Schools Ranked ‘Outstanding’ In 2021

Its inspections provide an independent assessment of a school’s performance, as well as recommendations on what can be improved.



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Ofsted’s grading system assesses schools in each of the following categories:

  • Leadership and management effectiveness
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Personal development, behavior and well-being
  • Results for students

Schools are rated on a four point scale – grade 1 (excellent), grade 2 (good), grade 3 (needs improvement), grade 4 (adequate)

An “exceptional” school is a school that provides the highest quality education and care to its students.

Over 90 elementary schools in the county have been rated “excellent”.

East Kent covers the districts of Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Hythe and Thanet.

See below for a list of the 40 primary schools in East Kent that have been rated as ‘outstanding’ in their most recent reports posted on the Ofsted website.

Please note that there may be recent inspections that have not yet been published by Ofsted.

Challock Primary School

Address: Church Lane, Ashford, TN25 4BU

Date of last check: September 14, 2011

Students : 4 to 11, mixed

Downs View Kindergarten

Address: Ball Lane, Ashford, TN25 4PJ

Date of last check: June 10, 2011

Students : 5 to 7, mixed

Goldwyn School



Goldwyn School in Ashford
Goldwyn School in Ashford

Address: Godinton Lane, Ashford, TN23 3BT

Date of last check: Dec. 7, 2017

Students : 10 to 18

Great Chart Elementary School



Great Chart Primary School, Ashford
Great Chart Primary School, Ashford

Address: Hoxton Close, Ashford, TN23 5LB

Date of last check: March 16, 2016

Students : 4 to 11, mixed

Lady Joanna Thornhill Elementary School

Address: Bridge Street, Ashford, TN25 5EA

Date of last check: February 5, 2015

Students : 5 to 11, mixed

Adisham Church of England Primary School



Adisham Church of England Primary School

Address: The Street, Canterbury, CT3 3JW

Date of last check: July 5, 2017

Students : 4 to 11, mixed

Clean primary school

Address: Whitstable Road, Canterbury, CT2 9ED

Date of last check: March 2, 2016

Students : 4 to 11, mixed

St Thomas Catholic Primary School

Address: 99, military road, Canterbury, CT1 1NE

Date of last check: Jan. 14, 2016

Students : 5 to 11, mixed

Sturry Church of England Primary School

Address: Park view, Canterbury, CT2 0NR

Date of last check: January 28, 2015

Students : 4 to 11, mixed

Westmeads Community Kindergarten



Westmeads Community Kindergarten

Address: Cromwell Road, Whitstable, CT5 1NA

Date of last check: October 10, 2007

Students : 5 to 7, mixed

Whitstable and Seasalter Church of England Junior School



Whitstable and Seasalter Endowed Church of England Junior School

Address: High Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AY

Date of last check: January 25, 2017

Students : 7 to 11, mixed

Wickhambreaux Church of England Primary School



Wickhambreaux Church of England Primary School

Address: The Street, Canterbury, CT3 1RN

Date of last check: Feb. 26, 2015

Students : 4 to 11, mixed

Green Park Community Elementary School



Green Park Community Primary School in Buckland, Dover
Green Park Community Primary School in Buckland, Dover

Address: Les Linces, Dover, CT16 2BN

Date of last check: February 1, 2017

Students : 4 to 11, mixed

Kingsdown and Ringwould Church of England Primary School



Kingsdown and Ringwould Church of England Primary School
Kingsdown and Ringwould Church of England Primary School

Address: Glen Road, Deal, CT14 8DD

Date of last check: January 22, 2016

Students : 4 to 11, mixed

Primary school of the river

Address: Lewisham Road, Dover, CT17 0PP

Date of last check: November 29, 2013

Students : 4 to 11, mixed

Kindergarten and Kindergarten Shatterlocks



Shatterlocks Kindergarten was rated Outstanding by Ofsted
Shatterlocks Kindergarten was rated Outstanding by Ofsted

Address: Avenue Heathfield, Dover, CT16 2PB

Date of last check: May 16, 2019

Students : 3 to 7, mixed

St Margaret’s-at-Cliffe Primary School

Address: Sea Street, Dover, CT15 6SS

Date of last check: July 3, 2015

Students : 5 to 11, mixed

Temple Ewell Church of EngLand primary school



Temple Ewell Elementary School
Temple Ewell Elementary School

Address: 3-4 Brookside, Dover, CT16 3DT

Date of last check: February 8, 2017

Students : 5 to 11, mixed

Primary school at the principal’s house



Primary school at the principal's house
Primary school at the principal’s house

Address: Birdwood Avenue, Deal, CT14 9SF

Date of last check: December 3, 2014

Students : 5 to 11, mixed

Folkestone Lighthouse



The lighthouse at Folkestone

Address: Park Farm Road, Folkestone, CT19 5DN

Date of last check: February 13, 2019

Students : 3 to 19 years old, mixed

Bodsham Church of England Primary School



Bodsham Church of England Primary School
Bodsham Church of England Primary School

Address: School Hill, Ashford, TN25 5JQ

Date of last check: July 01, 2008

Students : 4 to 11, mixed

St Martin’s Church of England Primary School

Address: Horn Street, Folkestone, CT20 3JJ

Date of last check: April 24, 2015

Students : 4 to 11, mixed

Hawkinge Primary School



Hawkinge Primary School
Hawkinge Primary School

Address: Canterbury Road, Folkestone, CT18 7BN

Date of last check: June 12, 2019

Students : 4 to 11, mixed

Saltwood Church of England Primary School

Address: Chemin Grange, Hythe, CT21 4QS

Date of last check: July 12, 2017

Students : 4 to 11, mixed

Sandgate Primary School



Sandgate Primary School

Address: Coolinge Lane, Folkestone, CT20 3QU

Date of last check: May 9, 2007

Students : 4 to 11, mixed

Seabrook Church of England Primary School



Seabrook Elementary School h
Seabrook Elementary School

Address: Seabrook Road, Hythe, CT21 5RL

Date of last check: July 14, 2011

Students : 5 to 11, mixed

Sellindge Primary School



Sellindge Primary School

Address: Main Road, Ashford, TN25 6JY

Date of last check: June 10, 2009

Students : 4 to 11, mixed

St Eanswythe Church of England Primary School

Address: Church Street, Folkestone, CT20 1SE

Date of last check: March 13, 2019

Students : 4 to 11, mixed

Herne Church of England Infant and Nursery School



Church of England Nursery School Herne
Church of England Nursery School Herne

Address: Palmer Close, Herne Bay, CT6 7AH

Date of last check: January 16, 2007

Students : 3 to 7, mixed

Church of England Herne Primary School

Address: School Lane, Herne Bay, CT6 7AL

Date of last check: March 23, 2016

Students : 7 to 11, mixed

Reculver Church of England Primary School

Address: Hillborough, Herne Bay, CT6 6TA

Date of last check: July 4, 2018

Students : 4 to 11, mixed

Bradstow School

Address: 34 Dumpton Park Drive, Broadstairs, CT10 1BY

Date of last check: 23 january 2018

Students : 5 to 19 years old, mixed

Nursery and kindergarten Callis Grange

Address: Beacon Road, Broadstairs, CT10 3DG

Date of last check: September 12, 2007

Students : 3 to 7, mixed

Chilton Elementary School



Chilton Elementary School
Chilton Elementary School

Address: Chilton Lane, Ramsgate, CT11 0LQ

Date of last check: January 10, 2019

Students : 4 to 11, mixed

Cliftonville Elementary School



Cliftonville Elementary School
Cliftonville Elementary School

Address: Northumberland Avenue, Margate, CT9 3LY

Date of last check: December 1, 2016

Students : 3 to 11, mixed

Newington Community Elementary School



Newington Community Elementary School
Newington Community Elementary School

Address: Princess Margaret Avenue, Ramsgate, CT12 6HX

Date of last check: March 16, 2017

Students : 3 to 11, mixed

Primary school at Holy Trinity Church in England

Address: Dumpton Park Drive, Broadstairs, CT10 1RR

Date of last check: October 10, 2006

Students : 5 to 11, mixed

Junior School Sandwich



Junior School Sandwich
Junior School Sandwich

Address: St Bart’s Road, Sandwich, CT13 0AS

Date of last check: June 22, 2016

Students : 7 to 11, mixed

Sainte-Mildred Kindergarten

Address: Avenue St Mildred, Broadstairs, CT10 2BX

Date of last check: Jan. 28, 2016

Students : 4 to 7, mixed

Upton High School

Address: Edge End Road, Broadstairs, CT10 2AH

Date of last check: November 21, 2014

Students : 7 to 11, mixed

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