Dogsthorpe Infant School

Name Dogsthorpe Infant School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 February 2016
Address Central Avenue, Dogsthorpe, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE1 4LH
Phone Number 01733566849
Type Primary
Age Range 5-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 293 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.9
Local Authority Peterborough
Percentage Free School Meals 32.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 50.5%

Information about this school

This school is an average-sized infant school. Each year group is taught in three classes. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium funding is above average. The pupil premium is additional funding provided by the government to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after. Two in five pupils are from White British backgrounds. One fifth are from any other White background, and a similar proportion are of Pakistani heritage. Nearly half speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils with special educational or needs or disability is below average. A member of the governing body is a national leader in governance.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Dogsthorpe Infant School has improved rapidly since the previous inspection because all staff have worked effectively as a team to provide a higher-quality education for pupils. School leaders, including governors, know their school very well. They have effectively focused their efforts and energy in the most important areas, especially improving the quality of teaching and rate of pupils’ progress. Teaching is good. Pupils make good progress, often from low starting points. Teachers regularly check pupils’ progress and any who struggle receive extra, good-quality help so they catch up. Year teams are effective. Each teacher’s expertise is shared to the benefit of all pupils. The curriculum is well planned with an interesting range of topics that engage pupils’ interest. Staff have established a very positive ethos in which pupils feel valued and have the confidence to achieve. This is the basis of pupils’ good academic progress and personal development. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They understand and practise the ‘shine’ values in all aspects of school life. As a result, pupils thrive in the happy and purposeful environment. Staff ensure that all pupils are safe and well cared for. Pupils say they feel safe in school. Children get a good start in early years. They progress well, rapidly developing confidence and independence. They enter Year 1 with many of the skills they need to be successful learners. Partnership with parents is very strong. Parents are positive about the improvements made. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Tasks, particularly in mathematics, are not always difficult enough to challenge the most-able pupils. Some teachers do not give pupils sufficient opportunities to use and apply their mathematical skills to solve problems. The outcomes of subjects, other than English and mathematics, are not as strictly monitored. Full report