Denbigh Community Primary School

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Denbigh Community Primary School


Name Denbigh Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 10 October 2013
Address Denbigh Avenue, Howdon, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, NE28 0DS
Phone Number 01912622509
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 454 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.1
Local Authority North Tyneside
Percentage Free School Meals 30.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.3%
Persisitent Absence 8%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a larger than average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is much larger than average and makes up almost half the pupils in the school. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children who are looked after by the local authority. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. Since the previous inspection, the school has been through a period of significant change, including at senior level and other staffing changes. The school was supported for four terms by a national leader of education before the current headteacher took up post.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The school has improved at a very rapid rate since the previous inspection. It provides all pupils with a very high quality education, which they really enjoy. Pupils achieve very well, making rapid progress from low, and often very low, starting points, to reach standards of attainment that are now above average, especially in reading and mathematics. Standards in writing, while above average, are not as high. The quality of teaching is often outstanding and never less than good. Teachers plan interesting tasks which make pupils eager to learn and which help them to progress quickly. However, pupils do not have enough first-hand experiences to write about and do not always know what successful writing looks like. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. They are always very polite and welcoming and are very proud of their school. Pupils say that bullying is now very rare and that they feel very safe in school. Parents agree with this view. Pupils are very well cared for throughout the school. Leaders and managers, including the governing body, are extremely effective. They have improved the achievement, quality of teaching and the behaviour and safety of the pupils so that all are now outstanding. Leaders at all levels show a very clear commitment and determination to continue to improve teaching and pupils’ achievement.