Denby Dale First and Nursery School

Name Denby Dale First and Nursery School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 30 June 2015
Address Gilthwaites Lane, Denby Dale, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 8SG
Phone Number 01484866071
Type Primary
Age Range 2-10
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 158 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.9
Percentage Free School Meals 8.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.3%

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average sized primary school in which virtually all pupils are White British. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils who are supported by the pupil premium is below average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. Provision for children in the early years is a mixture of part time and full time in Nursery and full time in Reception. There is also some part-time and full-time care for children who have reached the age of two years. The provision for two-year-olds and the Nursery class have been opened as a result of a merger with the former Gilthwaites First School. This extended provision opened in January 2015. Before- and after-school care, including a breakfast club, are provided during term time. There is also provision for care during school holidays.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Strong leadership and clear vision from the headteacher and governors have created an exciting place for pupils to learn and consolidate their good progress. Governors know the school’s strengths very well. They provide support and challenge in equal measure, enabling the school to continue to improve. They have been a crucial source of support in enabling the recent merger of early years settings. School leaders and governors manage improvements in teaching effectively. They ensure that good progress and achievement are maintained. Leadership of the early years is good. Children are safe and well provided for, and make good progress. Teaching quality is good. Some teaching is outstanding. Pupils are challenged effectively and their individual needs are provided for well. Pupils behave well and feel very safe in school. They have good attitudes to learning and enjoy their lessons. Their attendance is well above average. Parents hold positive views about the school. They support its work and their children’s learning well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Outstanding teaching is not sufficiently consistent throughout the school. The best practice is not used sufficiently as an example for all teaching. Although the school has identified the benefits of extending training, this has not yet taken place. Teachers’ feedback to pupils does not always help them to improve their work.