|Name||Denton Community Primary School and Nursery|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||16 April 2015|
|Address||Acacia Road, Denton, Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9 0QJ|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||269 (53% boys 47% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||22.8|
|Local Authority||East Sussex|
|Percentage Free School Meals||13.4%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||3.3%|
Information about this school
Denton Community Primary School and Nursery is larger than the average-sized primary school. The vast majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is close to the national average. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium is above the national average. This is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or 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 reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. In the early years, children of Nursery age attend part time. Children in Reception all attend full time. The school provides pre-school care through a recently introduced breakfast club on two mornings each week. This was reviewed as part of the current inspection. The current Nursery class, led by a qualified teacher and directly managed by the senior leaders of the school, opened in September 2014. Previously, Nursery provision had been offered on a fee-paying, privately run basis. Exceptionally, the school has two Reception classes in the current year. This is to cater for an increase in the number of Reception-aged children locally. There have been several recent changes to the school’s leadership team, including the appointment of a new deputy headteacher.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Since the last inspection, leaders have ensured that teaching and achievement have improved. Consequently, pupils now make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils are challenged well to make good progress in most lessons. Standards are rising. The teaching of phonics (the linking of sounds and letters) has improved and is now effective. There have been significant improvements in early years provision. Children now make good progress as a result of stimulating, well-taught activities. Outdoor provision is a strength. Pupils show positive attitudes to learning, feel very safe and behave well. Attendance has risen. Disadvantaged pupils are making increasingly good progress, so that the gaps between their attainment and that of their peers, both in school and nationally, are closing. The school provides high-quality care, particularly in supporting vulnerable pupils. Sport funding has had a positive impact upon the involvement of pupils in competitive sport. Leadership has strengthened significantly. Leaders at all levels constantly seek to improve the quality of education provided. Monitoring is rigorous. Governance has improved. Governors are well informed about the quality of teaching and make a significant contribution to driving improvement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There are not enough planned opportunities for pupils to practise their writing skills in subjects across the curriculum. Subjects other than literacy and numeracy are not always covered in sufficient depth. Good practice in teachers’ marking of writing is not transferred to the marking of other subjects.