Denver Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Name Denver Voluntary Controlled Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 September 2012
Address 19 Ryston Road, Denver, Downham Market, Norfolk, PE38 0DP
Phone Number 01366383272
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 109 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.3
Local Authority Norfolk
Percentage Free School Meals 7.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

The school is much smaller than the average-size primary school. Because of its size, pupils learn in four classes with two age groups in each. All of the pupils speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is low. There are fewer pupils from ethnic minority groups than in most schools. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus is low, while the proportion of pupils with a statement of special educational needs is high. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ progress and attainment.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ progress is consistently at least good. Reading skills are particularly strong and pupils have excellent knowledge of letters and sounds. Teaching is usually good, and in Years 5 and 6 it is outstanding so pupils make very rapid progress and leave the school with standards in English and mathematics well above the national average. Homework reinforces and extends work done in lessons. Pupils’ attitudes to learning are good; attendance is above average. Leaders meticulously analyse every part of the school’s performance so the right changes are made, and precise support given to continually improve teaching and learning to ensure pupils achieve well. Each pupil’s progress is tracked very closely. If any individual starts to fall behind, extra help is given. Pupils who need extra help thrive and do as well as others due to the quality of the support they receive. Staff are a very effective, well-trained team. Governors offer very strong support to every part of school life. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching from when pupils join the school until the end of Year 4 is generally good, but not outstanding. Children in the youngest class have too few opportunities to choose what learning they will do for themselves.