Denton CofE School

Name Denton CofE School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 08 May 2013
Address Church Street, Denton, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG32 1LG
Phone Number 01476870649
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 63 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.4
Local Authority Lincolnshire
Percentage Free School Meals 11.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 17.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Denton CofE Primary School is much smaller in size compared with other primary schools. The overwhelming majority of pupils are of White British heritage. Very few pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds. None speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (which provides additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those in local authority care and those with parents in the armed forces) is well below the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are supported through school action is above average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. All pupils are educated on site. The school does not use alternative provision to support any of its pupils. Fewer than 11 pupils took the national tests in 2012 and numbers are too few for the school’s results to be meaningfully compared with the government’s floor targets, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The school became part of a federation with The Harlaxton Church of England Primary School in September 2012. The two schools share a single Governing Body and are led by an executive headteacher.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Children get off to a quick start in Reception and make outstanding progress during their time in school. As a result attainment at the end of Year 6 is well above average in both English and mathematics and achievement is high. Most teaching is outstanding and teachers have high expectations of pupils. They use their detailed knowledge of individual pupils to make sure that the work set in lessons is well matched to their previous attainment levels. Teachers’ marking of pupils’ work is exemplary. Pupils respond positively to the guidance they are given that describes the standard of their work and sets out what they must do in order to improve. In a few lessons, teachers’ explanations are too long and pupils do not have enough time to work on their own. Pupils’ exemplary behaviour makes a significant contribution to the safe and purposeful learning environment. They are very proud of their school and are keen to help each other and take on responsibilities. The highly effective leadership of the executive headteacher ensures that staff morale is high. She has drawn up a clear programme to bring continuing improvements to teaching and achievement, to which all staff are fully committed. The school receives the support of a strong Governing Body. Governors have a detailed knowledge and understanding of the school and how it can improve even further. The promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development permeates all aspects of school life. As a result, pupils are highly considerate and respectful towards adults and each other.