Dereham Church of England Infant & Nursery School

Name Dereham Church of England Infant & Nursery School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 13 May 2015
Address St Withburga Lane, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1ED
Phone Number 01362692727
Type Primary
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 188 (48% boys 52% girls)
Local Authority Norfolk
Percentage Free School Meals 17.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

Dereham Church Infant School and Nursery is a little smaller than the average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. The school is a voluntary aided school and is part of the Diocese of Norwich. The proportions of pupils from minority ethnic groups and those who speak English as an additional language are below the national average. Children in the nursery attend part-time. Children in Reception classes attend full-time. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is broadly average. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged and supported by the pupil premium is below the national average. (The pupil premium provides additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those looked after by the local authority). A new Chair of the Governing Body was elected in June 2014 and a new early years leader was appointed in September 2014. The school has received additional support from the local authority over the last year.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. This is a rapidly improving school. The headteacher and deputy headteacher have transformed the school in the 12 months since the last inspection, and have been relentless in driving improvement. Teaching is consistently good and some is outstanding. As a result, pupils’ progress is accelerating in reading, writing and mathematics, particularly for the more able. The teaching of phonics is a strength. Many more pupils are now developing their reading skills strongly. Pupils are impeccably behaved in class and around the school. They are confident and proud of their learning. Leaders and governors ensure that the school is a very safe and secure place for pupils and staff. Pupils say they feel extremely safe in school. Provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength. Pupils reflect on their own behaviour and learning. As a result, pupils are thoughtful and friendly with each other. Subject leaders are highly effective. They are ambitious for their subjects and robust in their monitoring the impact of actions taken to accelerate the progress of pupils. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs make good progress. Leaders and teachers identify their needs early and provide targeted support and high quality resources. Outstanding provision in the early years ensures that children make excellent progress. They acquire new skills quickly in all areas, and especially in reading, writing and mathematics, and are very well prepared for Year 1. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Standards at the end of Key Stage 1 are not yet high enough because improvements in teaching have not had time to impact on results. Teachers do not always insist on the highest standard of presentation. Pupils do not always present their work as well as they could.