Desford Community Primary School


Name Desford Community Primary School
Website http://www.desford.leics.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 September 2012
Address Kirkby Road, Desford, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE9 9JH
Phone Number 01455822379
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 364 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.4
Percentage Free School Meals 5.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.4%

Information about this school

The school is average in size compared with other primary schools. A very small proportion of pupils is known to be eligible for the pupil premium, and this is well below average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is broadly average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school meets the current floor standards which sets the government’s minimum expectations for attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The majority of pupils achieve well, often from low starting points, and learn successfully in many subjects. Children get off to a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage because teaching is good. Teaching is good at both key stages and leads to pupils making strong personal development and good academic progress. Pupils, including disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, enjoy the variety of activities in lessons. The school has a very welcoming atmosphere and adults provide excellent care and support for all pupils. Each pupil is highly valued and given an equal opportunity to succeed. Pupils’ behaviour is consistently good in lessons and around school. They have good attitudes to learning and get on very well together. Bullying is rare, and pupils feel safe in school. Attendance is above average and exclusions are very low in number. Sustained effort, determined leadership and timely professional development have improved the quality of teaching overall, though a few shortcomings remain. All leaders, including governors, have focused successfully on raising the achievement of all pupils. Pupils’ performance is closely tracked and the school has a clear picture of their progress. It is not yet an outstanding school because : the quality of teaching, although good, has some inconsistencies. Occasionally teachers’ expectations of what pupils can achieve slow progress. some lessons do not ensure that all pupils make consistently good progress because a few teachers do not plan their lessons as thoroughly as others.