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We hope you will enjoy looking around our school website and it enables you to get a feel for the school.  We thought you would enjoy reading comments from pupils, parents, visitors and guests to our school too.


General Comments 2019


We must absolutely commend yourself, the teachers and the parent body for the way in which our children were welcomed, embraced and integrated into the primary school. The growth and progress that we have seen in both children, in what has been a relatively short period of time during the course of 2019, has exceeded our expectations.



I just wanted to say that I was really impressed with the Yr 2 teachers this morning in the meet the parents session. They were very clear and engaging, and answered all our questions really well! Please pass on our thanks and appreciation.

Year 2 parent


Thank you to Mrs Owen, Mrs Balcombe and yourself for this mornings Meet the Teacher.
It was a succinct and professional overview of the contents and processes involved in Yr3 which I find very useful and reassuring.
Yet again, I feel as though my son is in very capable hands.

Thanks again

Year 3 parent


Praise for the new school dinners:

I just wanted to pass on some praise for you.

P says the school dinners are absolutely delicious! This is extremely high praise....not sure she has ever said that to me 😂

Year 5 parent


Our son, P is coming to the end of his first school chapter and we could not be more delighted with the way that he has been developed and cared for by Mrs Smith and Mrs Barnes.  We’ve noticed how his desire to keep learning has not stopped climbing since he started school in September 2018....

Academically, we feared that P was lagging behind his peers prior to starting school, indeed his preschool communications implied that this was the case.  So the fact that his end of year report showed him as being where he should be in three areas and exceeding expectations in all others is a true testament to both Mrs Smith and Mrs Barnes – as well his own hard work of which we’re incredibly proud!


We have witnessed the way that Mrs Smith has commanded control in a gentle, yet focused way of her class through singing, expression and signing.  Something that the children seem to respond to very well indeed.

Year R parent


The demands of the school environment could very easily become too much if it were not for the support of wonderful teachers, so I feel very fortunate that my child has had such lovely teachers in her first two years at Otford - Year 1 parent


As a parent of a child with additional needs it can be especially emotional leaving your child in someone else’s care so I did want to pass on my thanks to your staff for making this all the easier for me, and my daughter.- Year 1 parent


G loves everything to do with Space! Mrs Smith let G borrow a lovely lift the flap book about space which G read with Mummy from front to back that afternoon. He then decided to make a picture of our solar system and write down some of the new facts that he had learned from the book.


G’s Space Facts! All written by himself with some spelling help from Mummy.


I just wanted to drop you a line to say how amazingly proud I am of the whole Otford Tag Rugby Team during their performance and win in the tournament last night. T was absolutely buzzing last night and couldn’t sleep even though he was physically exhausted.


Unfortunately I wasn’t there to witness their triumph but [my husband] said the whole team played fantastically and he was particularly impressed with the girls on the team who he thought really did make the difference. He said the team's ball handling skills improved throughout the tournament and special thanks had to go to Mrs Balcolmbe and Mr Platts for the after school training sessions.

Congratulations to all


Dear Mrs Roberts,


I wanted to take the time to email how utterly thrilled my husband and I are at the progress our eldest daughter is making in reception at School. 


The care and support of the school is evident in all interactions we have with your team, from other teachers at events down to the staff in reception and the way in which they speak of and with R. But none more so than Mrs Smith. We find her a wonderfully inspiring teacher with a genuine delight for Children and their company. She keeps us well informed through the various channels, and responds immediately to concerns or questions with her usual enthusiasm and/or concern and of course action. R adores Mrs Smith and Mrs Barnes and makes them cards, drawings and shows/ songs on an almost daily basis. We have just started to break the news that she won't be her teacher for ever, but we all wish she was, as we all feel incredibly lucky to have had her as a teacher.


Here's hoping we have many more happy years ahead, as we have another two children we hope will follow R through Otford Primary.


Yours Sincerely

Mr and Mrs K


Just wanted to say a massive thank you for inviting W to the “Big Sing” – he had an absolutely fantastic day, and hasn’t stopped singing the songs.  I was really impressed with the quality of the performance and that they had managed to learn so much in just a day.  Thanks again for taking them – definitely on the “best day ever” list!



Many parents  have mentioned to me how glad they were to see the way the school is addressing mental health and they seemed impressed with the talk yesterday morning. I was unfortunately unable to attend as I was working but it sounded really good.

Thank you once again for supporting and promoting this at Otford.

(Year 1 parent- following the talk from the charity Mind on promoting and supporting mental health in primary schools)



Following on from our Ofsted result: 


This makes fantastic reading and is so well deserved, well done!




(Sam O's parent)

fantastic news, well done Mrs Roberts & to all the staff xx


(Scarlett A's parent)

Im surprised it’s not higher but well done to all!


(Caeden U's parent)

Having read the report Sharon, so am I. Well done everyone!


(Aaron P's parent)

Superb report...well done Otford 😊


(Frankie E's parent)

Really great report. Well done!


(Phoebe H's parent)

Brilliant news well done



Forest School:


I just wanted to send you a quick email to let you know how much my daughter is enjoying Forest School. Today she was so pleased to come home and show us her chocolate bread telling us that Mr Grobell had brought her dairy free chocolate so she could be included. It was so thoughtful and so lovely to see how excited she was!

A very happy Forest School parent. ( October 2018)


"Our son absolutely loves forest School, highlight of his week! He has benefited from being outside, able to explore & work as a team. He wants to tell us everything he has learnt & enjoyed."


"Look at the smiles on the faces of the kids when they are learning at forest school! Says it all.  Our son loves going, he always comes home animated about the skills he has learnt and the fun he has had with his classmates. The children are very lucky to have this opportunity."


"It's the best day of the week"

Year 3


"Our daughter is mega excited and says it’s the best ever and comes home and goes straight out in the garden to carry on forest school.. I have holes with twigs and leaves. It’s a keeper thanks."


"Our daughter has really enjoyed her first experience at forest school and learning outside of the classroom. In a world of cleanliness and technology it is brilliant for the children to be in the great outdoors whatever the weather. From making clay bugs, using their hands and getting dirty to making dens, working as team using the resources available in the woodland. "


"Nowadays, when the temptation of virtual life is so present, it is important for our children to experience the gifts of nature, to learn skills which brings them closer to understanding, enjoying and appreciating their natural environment. Forest school shares this responsibility with us, parents, to help our kids grow into healthy, happy adults."


General Comments


I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you so much for everything you do... I thanked Mr Hanford...but I appreciate your whole team. [J] is so happy at school for which I am very grateful!
(Parent year 2, December 2018)


I just wanted to say how brilliant I think Mrs Smith is (and I know other parents feel the same). As she is new to the school I just wanted to give you this feedback, she has made my son feel so settled at school, he was looking forward to returning after the half term holiday and has come on leaps & bounds.(November 2018)


Thank you so much for having the musicians in school today. Both J and P really enjoyed it and were telling me all about it 😄 ( October 2018)


Please pass on my thanks to your wonderful staff in the Reception Class. Their work and dedication is just fantastic. The progress that * has made is truly remarkable. I had a wonderful morning in the class, it was so lovely to see *  playing.

J Hadaway
Milestone Academy


"My eldest daughter has had the most fantastic year with you in reception, she has absolutely flourished at Otford Primary School, all of your Early Years staff are fantastic!"

Parent YR


A big thank you for organising our Science firework  workshops today. It was really interesting and enjoyable with loud bangs, bright lights and explosions! The kids loved it so thank you again.​

Mrs Balcombe - Science Fair at Sevenoaks School


Visitors Feedback from our Art Exhibition at Sevenoaks Library March 2018

Visitors Feedback from our Art Exhibition at Sevenoaks Library March 2018 1
Visitors Feedback from our Art Exhibition at Sevenoaks Library March 2018 2
Visitors Feedback from our Art Exhibition at Sevenoaks Library March 2018 3

A big thank you, to you and all the other staff, for accompanying Year 5 to the 02.  We thoroughly enjoyed the performance and our son loved all aspects of it - learning the songs in school, the coach ride, the performance.  What a wonderful experience to have had at primary school and great memories.

Best wishes.

Parent Y5


Massive thanks to all the staff for taking care of our children yesterday at the all have nerves of steel!  What an amazing experience for them all. Really wonderful.  Hope you manage to get some rest tonight!

Many thanks

Parent Y5


Dear Mrs Roberts,
A note to say that the art lessons that Mrs Bird gives to the children are evidently extremely inspiring. My daughter, has often over the last year come home from school following an art lesson very excited about what she has learnt and keen to put it into practice. For example, recently she has been telling us all about 'O
p art', the artist who created the genre and showing us examples. She has also spent considerable time at home creating her own Op art. This follows the lessons on Pointilism, which she was also keen to replicate and excitement about the school art exhibition.
The initiative to have a dedicated art teacher in school is clearly a successful one.
Many thanks,

Parent Y1

Mrs Roberts 

 I just wanted to drop a line ( as I do) to give you some feed back on my children's teachers.  Firstly as you know I'm a massive fan of of our sons teacher - such a credit to the school her knowledge, professionalism and communication skills are superb.

She has always encouraged our son to be the best he can be and helped to work as a team with us as a family to help build his confidence. I really can not speak highly enough of her.

Now I feel we have hit the jackpot again with our daughters teacher too! In the short time she has been in this class she has again grown so much with his support .

The teacher has been ready to speak to me with any areas of concern I have had and pointed me in the right direction to help her at home. As a parent I feel so happy that she is in very safe, kind, capable hands.

Best wishes

Parent Year 2 & 6


Dear the staff and ks2 children,

Thank you so much for a really wonderful Carol service. So many talented children and gorgeous singing voices. We really enjoyed it!


Dear Mrs Roberts,
I want to congratulate you and the school ( as an Otford resident, a mother and someone very interested in education) on your being listed in the top 250 State Primary Schools in England- no. 229 as spotted over Sunday lunch today by our eagle eyed 13 year old son!
It's great news for Otford,
Caroline R.


The Times Top 250 Primary Schools

Well done this is fantastic news.
From a very proud
Louise Bates


"The Otford team at Dare to Believe were a great credit to Otford Primary School by

taking part and being very positively engaging with all the activities....and with one of the children winning a prize as well!  Well done to all the children and fantastic support from the staff. 

A great afternoon!


Amy - Dare to Believe


"There is an article on Kent Live regarding the best Kent primary schools according to Key Stage 2 exam results. Otford Primary school is shown as 4th on the list for Sevenoaks.  Congratulations and well done to our wonderful school."


A lovely message from the bikeability instructors about our Year 6's behaviour during their cycle training:

"The group today (8) all passed and got their grade 2.  They were exceptionally well behaved and a real credit to the school."


Many thanks for putting on the skipping workshop for the children. Both our son and daughter really enjoyed it and I'm pleased to say have continued skipping outside of school!
Best wishes



I did not get chance to tell you yesterday but I was reading a poem our son had written and it was so beautiful I think it was called ' dejected ' I didn't realise he could write like that . It brought tears to my eyes"

Parent Y6


Just wanted to write a quick note to let you know how pleased our son is after the skipping workshop today, this is something he did last year that made him sad as he struggled with it! But today he was super proud of him-self showing us that he could skip we were super proud even brought tears to my eyes.  Thank you to school for giving him this opportunity.

We brought  him rope at end of school. So proud of him-self even made us video him.

Parent Y5


Myself and a colleague visited Otford primary this morning as part of the selection process for admissions to our school.  I just want to say how impressed we were with both the teaching and learning that we saw and also how polite the children were.

The best thing was the independent learning especially from the student, who we had specifically gone to observe.

Best wishes, Director of Learning

My husband and I came to visit the school this morning and it was just wonderful.  I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Roberts and all the staff and children who took the time to talk to us and let us see their school. It was a fantastic visit and Otford Primary really is a very special school; the children were so happy and engaged and the staff likewise.
So thank you all once again.

I wanted to write to you to congratulate you on an amazing early years teaching team. 
Mrs Warren - her, passion, enthusiasm and manner with the children continues to amaze and delight me.
I would also like to praise Mrs Sage and Mrs Barnes for their contribution thus far. As a team they have clearly put so much thought into how best to educate the children with so many interesting toys and exciting props to engage the children.
It's been such a fantastic and seamless start to the term. I honestly can't have hoped for a better team for our son's first year at school. 

Parent YR


Dear Mrs Roberts,

I just wanted to send an email to express my gratitude to you, and the Early Years team, for everything you have done and are continuing to do with the reception children. Our daughter has made such a positive start at school, she is so happy, settled and excited to go to school every day. It is remarkable that she has made such a happy start - only a few months ago, she was still tearful and anxious when I left her at nursery.

I'm thankful for everything they are doing to make her school experience so positive.

With lots of gratitude.

Parent Year R



I just wanted to say thank you for giving our son the opportunity to go to Sevenoaks School and take part in the science course this summer. I have to admit at first he wasn't keen on going during his holidays but once there he really enjoyed it and came out telling me about all the experiments and investigations he had done! 


Just a quick email to say how delighted we were with all three school reports this year. Our children are obviously motivated and put in a lot of effort to their work. They are always keen to share what they have been up to whether through open classroom or at home. This is credit to your wonderful team who nurture our children and encourage creativity and enthusiasm. What more could a parent ask for as their child moves forward to the next chapter of their life.



I must say how incredibly happy our daughter is at Otford Primary School. She is always writing stories and drawing pictures about the school and they always say how happy she is and how much she loves learning there. I really couldn't have wished for more for her. Very proud of the school, the people and children there and what they are achieving.



Dear Mrs Roberts,
I hope you don't mind me sharing this with you but it really touched me and I wanted to say just how much my daughter has got from being taught about Malawi.
I was explaining to my daughter that I had to take the paddling pool down as sadly bees were flying into the water and I had only been able to save some of them. She said "mummy it's ok , it's like the Starfish Malawi song where the boy tried his best and even though he didn't save them all, he was good and saved those he could."
Wow! That is an amazing lesson for my daughter to learn and to share with me. I think what they have learnt this term will stay with them for a very long time.
Parent Year 2


Chipmunks class assembly
On behalf of myself, and a number of parents, we wanted to thankyou for a wonderful class assembly this morning!  The children really seemed to have engaged with the topic. Our daughter has not stopped coming home from school talking about the exciting things they have learnt about Malawi or the activities they have done, and this certainly came through this morning.It was such a joy to watch every single child have a chance to speak and enjoy themselves and to show off all their wonderful craft. A very big well done and thank you!
Parent Year 2


We commend you and your team for maintaining such high standards at Otford Primary. We are blessed to have our daughter attend such a good school and delighted that our son will be attending Reception from September.

Parent Y2&R


"Thank you from us as parents for your hard work which you obviously apply with a lot of passion, and congratulations on your success with the school." Parent 


"I just wanted to say thank you for a most enjoyable Sports Day yesterday. I am grateful for the commitment given by your team to ensure ultimately the children had an enjoyable time with the more sporty excelling in their own areas whilst all the children benefiting from being a member of the  team." Parent Y6  


"Children enjoy a good start to their education in the reception classes  so they quickly become settled and confident learners." Ofsted