Dennington Church of England Primary School


Name Dennington Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.greatsmallschools.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 April 2015
Address Laxfield Road, Dennington, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 8AE
Phone Number 01728638206
Type Academy
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 59 (61% boys 39% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.7
Academy Sponsor All Saints Schools Trust
Percentage Free School Meals 8.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Dennington CE VC Primary School is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. The school is part of a federation with Charsfield CE VC Primary School. The schools share a headteacher and have a single governing body. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is well above average. An above-average proportion of pupils are disadvantaged and supported by the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or looked after by the local authority. The school is too small to be included in the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Children in the early years attend the school on a full-time basis. They are taught in a class with Year 1 pupils, and in the afternoons, with all Key Stage 1 pupils.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Strong leadership from governors, the headteacher and senior leaders, with effective support from the local authority, has ensured rapid improvement since the last inspection. Leaders have a clear ambition and the capacity to continue improving all areas of the school’s work. Good systems are in place for checking teachers’ work and providing appropriate training, where needed. These, alongside effective recruitment, have resulted in good quality teaching and achievement. The governing body has changed how it works and improved its effectiveness since the school federated with another local school. Governors provide good support and challenge for school leaders and this has had a positive impact on school improvement. Pupils achieve well from their different starting points in reading, writing and mathematics. This is due to the good teaching they receive which ensures that their individual needs are met. The school is successful in extending pupils’ horizons and aspirations. They are taught to understand and respect the different ways people live in our society. Hence, pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils’ behaviour is good. Older pupils have developed very strong and positive attitudes towards learning. This is preparing them well for their future education. Pupils demonstrate respect and care for each other and towards adults. The school is rigorous in ensuring that pupils are kept safe. Parents are very positive about this as well as many other aspects of the school’s work. Teaching programmes contain a good range of topics that are appropriate for pupils’ interests and ages. Teachers plan carefully to ensure that they cater fully for the wide range of ages and abilities in their classes. Pupils in the early years are well taught and have a very positive start to their schooling. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Changes to how pupils’ progress is assessed have not been put wholly into practice. Hence, progress in pupils’ learning is not consistently checked, recorded, or reported to parents across all subjects. The accuracy of pupils’ spelling, punctuation and grammar is not as good when they write in different subjects as it is when they write in specific literacy lessons.