Derwent Primary School

Name Derwent Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 04 February 2015
Address St Mark’s Road, Derby, Derbyshire, DE21 6AL
Phone Number 01332346222
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 286 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.5
Academy Sponsor Believe Academy Trust
Local Authority Derby
Percentage Free School Meals 46.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 22.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school. Children attend the Nursery group on a part-time basis and the Reception group full-time. The school has recently opened provision for two-year-olds; this is registered separately and was not inspected on this visit. Most pupils are White British. A below-average proportion of pupils are from minority ethnic groups. About half of these pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is more than double the national average. The pupil premium provides additional funding for those known previously to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above the national average. Key Stage 1 is currently led by a temporary leader. There have been several other staff changes and three newly qualified staff joined the school this year. Since the previous inspection, the school has been visited on two occasions by Her Majesty’s Inspectors to monitor the progress being made. In 2014, the school met 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.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement. It is not yet good because : Not enough pupils across the school, including in the early years, make consistently good progress, so standards are well below average in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6. While progress is improving rapidly this year, there are gaps in pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding from previous years that have not been filled. The attendance of pupils is below average and too many arrive late for school. This affects their readiness to learn and their progress. Teachers do not ensure that work is challenging enough for pupils, particularly the most able. The marking of pupils’ work does not always identify areas for improvement or revisit these to check what progress has been made. Pupils do not all try their hardest in lessons. They do not always contribute to discussions or work hard to improve their work. The school has the following strengths The headteacher provides strong leadership. She has acted decisively to eradicate weak teaching and poor management. The staff are a united team who fully support the headteacher’s drive for improvement. Senior staff and subject leaders have a good grasp of what the data tell them about pupils’ progress and they now use this well to improve the quality of teaching. The work of the safeguarding manager in liaising with parents and external agencies is highly effective. Pupils have a good understanding of how to keep themselves and others safe. Pupils acquire a good awareness of British values, and understand the importance of balancing rights and responsibilities. Governance is effective and governors fulfil their role of ’critical friend’ to the school well.