Deansfield Primary School


Name Deansfield Primary School
Website http://www.deansfield.greenwich.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 14 July 2015
Address Dairsie Road, Eltham, London, SE9 1XP
Phone Number 02088501218
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 478 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.6
Academy Sponsor The Compass Partnership Of Schools
Local Authority Greenwich
Percentage Free School Meals 4.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 14.9%

Information about this school

Deansfield Primary School is much larger than the average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils at the school are of White heritage, with almost three quarters coming from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is above average. In the past, the remaining one quarter of the pupils have come from Asian and Black African backgrounds. Recently, the proportion of pupils coming from Eastern European backgrounds has increased. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is broadly average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is broadly average. In this school, the pupil premium is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals. There are a number of breakfast clubs and after-school activities on site managed by the governing body. There are two Nursery classes. Children attend Nursery part time and Reception full time. The school is a member of the Compass Partnership of Schools. In addition to the Deansfield Primary School this soft federation includes the Halstow, Willow Dene, South Rise and Horn Park Primary Schools. Alderwood and Wingfield Primary Schools plan to join the partnership this year. The school is a a strategic partner in the Teaching Schools Alliance. It works closely with the local authority and leads the Greenwich Teaching and Learning Programme. It has strong links with King’s College University and pilots the mathematics, science and English ‘Let’s Think’ initiative. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Key Stage 2.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The executive headteacher, headteacher, governors and other leaders are passionate about the school. They work together extremely well. As a result, standards of teaching, behaviour and achievement are outstanding. Leaders and managers are successful in creating a friendly, welcoming school where learning is at the core of its business. This has a very positive impact on how well staff work and pupils learn. Pupils are great ambassadors for the school. They are friendly, courteous and polite. Pupils’ excellent opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development underpin their outstanding learning. They are keen to celebrate each other’s differences and successes. Outstanding teaching across the whole school inspires the pupils to want to learn and do well. Standards in reading are high but are exceptionally high in writing and mathematics. Achievement is outstanding. Their attainment is well above average in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 2 and Year 6. Pupils of all abilities make sustained and substantial progress. The school uses additional government funding, such as the pupil premium, highly effectively. As a result, disadvantaged pupils make excellent progress in their academic, personal and social development. Sensitive support, matched closely to the needs of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, helps them to learn exceptionally quickly. Pupils have very positive attitudes. Many display a real desire and enjoyment in learning. Attendance is well above the average, reflecting the highly positive educational experience the school provides. Pupils feel extremely safe in school. Arrangements to keep them safe are very strong. Staff are well trained and very effective in minimising pupils’ risk of being harmed. Children make an excellent start to school and their progress is very rapid. This is because work is purposeful, relevant and learning is interesting. They are very well prepared for Key Stage 1. Governors are highly effective in supporting and challenging leaders. They are extremely effective in setting the strategic direction for this outstanding school to improve even further. Parents are extremely positive about the school and are very pleased about the high level of care and support their children receive. Almost all would recommend the school to others.