Dagnall VA Church of England School

Name Dagnall VA Church of England School
Website http://www.dagnall.bucks.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 14 June 2018
Address Main Road South, Berkhamsted, Dagnall, Buckinghamshire, HP4 1QX
Phone Number 01442842473
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 30 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 12.9
Local Authority Buckinghamshire
Percentage Free School Meals 10%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13.3%

Information about this school

Dagnall VA Church of England School is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. Children and pupils are taught in two classes, one providing education for children in the early years, and the other for pupils in Years 1 and 2. In 2015, Dagnall School was closed and Dagnall VA Church of England School was formed under the Diocese of St Albans. The school is currently an infant school, but is in the process of undertaking a consultation to expand to include key stage 2 pupils. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is significantly below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is significantly below the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is significantly below the national average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders have created a positive learning environment where pupils are exceptionally well cared for and nurtured. The headteacher and governors have an accurate understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for development and are passionate about improving the school. Middle leaders are committed to the school and enthusiastic about their areas of responsibility. However, they are new to their roles, and have not as yet monitored the impact of their initiatives. Governors make regular checks on the school’s work. They understand the school well and know what needs to improve. They do not focus sufficiently on the impact of leaders’ actions. Teachers make effective use of assessment and questioning, and consequently they know their pupils well. As a result of good teaching, pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics across key stage 1. Pupils secure a solid grasp of their phonics and use this confidently in their reading and writing. As a result of outstanding teaching, children get off to an excellent start in the early years. They learn exceptionally well and make very strong progress. Pupils’ behaviour is good. Pupils conduct themselves well in lessons and around the school, playing together harmoniously and showing one another respect and kindness. Leaders have ensured that the provision for pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding. Pupils and children are very well supported. As a result, pupils are happy and confident. At times, the work set for pupils is not challenging enough and progress slows, particularly for the most able pupils. The teaching of spelling is not effective enough. Pupils are not developing a secure knowledge of common spellings, patterns and rules. Robust policies and procedures ensure that safeguarding is effective.