Dame Catherine Harpur’s School


Name Dame Catherine Harpur’s School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 June 2019
Address Rose Lane, Ticknall, Derby, Derbyshire, DE73 7JW
Phone Number 01332862792
Type Independent
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 38 (57% boys 43% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Dame Catherine Harpur’s School is a small independent school located in the village of Ticknall, Derbyshire. The proprietor is the Dame Catherine Harpur’s School Foundation. The governing body, which is known as the senior management team, manages the school. There are currently 39 pupils on roll. Ten pupils attend in Years 1 to 6, of which two pupils are part time. Fourteen children attend early years, of which 11 are part time. Fifteen pupils are home-schooled for various amounts of time during the week. There are two classes and Nursery provision. Class 1 has Reception children and pupils in Years 1 and 2. Class 2 has pupils in Years 3 to 6. The proportion of pupils with SEND is above the national average. No pupils have an education, health and care plan. The school’s previous inspection was in June 2017, when it was deemed to be inadequate. A progress monitoring inspection took place in November 2017, when the previously unmet standards were all found to be met. The school’s aims to ‘include, ignite and innovate’ pupils and be a place where ‘we celebrate children being themselves, where they can develop curiosity and inquisitiveness and where they can be children.’ The headteacher was appointed in September 2018.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The knowledgeable and experienced, recently appointed headteacher has achieved a great deal in a relatively short space of time. For example, an effective assessment system, appropriate staff training, and the updating of key policies have been undertaken during the academic year. The quality of teaching is consistently good, including in early years. Teachers assess pupils’ abilities accurately and plan activities that stimulate and motivate them. Pupils make strong progress in a wide range of subjects. Staff know pupils and their families very well. Relationships between adults and pupils are extremely positive. The school has a ‘homely’ feel to it. Pupils behave well. Incidents of poor behaviour, bullying, and racist and homophobic language are extremely rare. Pupils enjoy school and report they feel happy and safe. Attendance is higher and persistent absence is lower than the national average. Pupils enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum. Teachers provide pupils with appropriate activities to develop knowledge and skills, particularly in science and languages. Staff have recently received effective safeguarding training and are therefore clear regarding the procedures to follow, should they have a welfare concern about a pupil. The proprietor and headteacher have ensured that the independent school standards are met. Teachers do not frequently require pupils to develop problem-solving and reasoning skills in mathematics. Some teachers do not expect pupils to write frequently, to practise their handwriting, or insist that pupils present work to a high standard. Adults do not always encourage children in early years to contribute to class discussions as much as they could. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.