Dersingham Primary School

Name Dersingham Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 15 July 2014
Address Admirals Drive, Dersingham, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 6LR
Phone Number 01485540308
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 287 (44% boys 56% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.2
Local Authority Norfolk
Percentage Free School Meals 12.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

This school is an average-sized primary school. The vast majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium (the extra government funding for pupils looked after by the local authority and those known to be eligible for free school meals) is a little below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is broadly average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is high. In 2013, the Department for Education did not publish an official picture of the school’s Key Stage 2 results, so no comparison is possible with the government’s floor targets, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress when they leave primary schools. The previous infant and junior schools closed and re-opened as a voluntary aided church primary school in April 2013. The Reception children are taught in two classes on the Saxon Way site. Years 1 to 6 are taught in seven classes on the Admirals Drive site. The school operates a breakfast club on both sites and an after school club at the Admirals Drive site. A preschool, run by the governing body, shares the Early Years site (Saxon Way) and is inspected separately.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Children settle quickly in the Reception class and make good progress because they are curious to learn from the rich variety of interesting activities provided. Good progress continues in Years 1 to 6 so pupils reach expected or above expected standards by the time they leave. Reading is a particular strength. Well-planned skilfully taught extra help, tailored to their needs, means pupils who have special educational needs make good and sometimes outstanding progress. Pupil premium funding is also used effectively so that eligible pupils are catching up with other pupils. Pupils show good attitudes and eagerly accept the challenge to do harder work. Pupils say they feel safe in school and know staff will take care of them. Parents would overwhelmingly recommend the school to another parent. Governors and the headteacher have successfully amalgamated the infant and nursery and junior schools into an effective primary. In the short time since then, they have improved the quality of teaching and raised pupils’ standards. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Particularly effective teaching is not shared enough. Some teaching assistants are unsure what they are expected to do in parts of lessons. Parents would like to see communication between school and home improved. Some parents say they would like to know more about how their children learn in school, so that they are better able to support their children’s learning at home.