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  • Coombe Hill Infant School
    Coombe Lane West
    KT2 7DD
  • Head: Mrs Janet Berry
  • T 020 8942 9481
  • F 020 8949 7496
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 7.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kingston-Upon-Thames
  • Pupils: 270 same
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 14th September 2023
    • 2 Full inspection 4th December 2013

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 15th July 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • Linked schools: Coombe Hill Junior School

What says..

From the front, the rather plain looking, flat-roofed building could be any old state primary. But as soon as you enter the art gallery entrance, you realise it’s anything but. The semi open-plan layout, all on one floor, has loads of natural light and corridors of some of the most inspiring, well-equipped, tactile classrooms we’ve seen. One of the special things about this school (and the junior school next door) is the massive amount of grounds. Plenty of captivating spaces in which to run, climb, explore and learn. Back inside, we saw children learning about money with coin fans; and mindfulness via peer massage. An emphasis on enrichment means ...

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Since 2013, Janet Berry (40s). Joined the school in 1998, starting part time when her three (now grown-up) children were pupils and progressing through the ranks as they got older (it’s a school trend, it seems, with several parent teachers, all adding to the family feel). SENCo and senior assistant head for three years prior to taking over the headship.

‘I can’t remember ever not wanting to be a teacher, I think probably because I had so many inspirational teachers myself,’ she mused when we visited her in her small but functional office. Having gained her BEd (hons) from Bristol, she worked in inner London primaries, progressing to deputy head at Ronald Ross before moving to Coombe Hill when her family decided to move out to Kingston, where she continues to...

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Who goes where

Special Education Needs

We have designated time when our SENCO manages a large team of SEN assistants. At present we have a team of four different assistants who work with individual children and with small groups. One of these assistants is trained in teaching of dyslexia, another is trained in teaching children with speech and language problems. In addition, we have teaching assistants in every class. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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