Donnington Wood CofE Voluntary Controlled Junior School


Name Donnington Wood CofE Voluntary Controlled Junior School
Website http://www.donningtonwood.com/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 23 January 2013
Address Leonard Close, Winifreds Drive, Donnington, Telford, Shropshire, TF2 8BH
Phone Number 01952386660
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 220 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.4
Local Authority Telford and Wrekin
Percentage Free School Meals 35%
Percentage English is Not First Language 18.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

This is a smaller-than-average-sized junior school. Pupils come from a range of different heritage groups. The largest group (85%) is of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well below average. A well-above-average proportion of pupils is eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in local authority care and for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are supported at school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school runs a daily pre-school group called ‘The Early Bird Club’ which hosts up to 15 pupils. This provision is managed by the governing body. A very few pupils who have behavioural and emotional needs attend Admaston House Centre on a part-time basis.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Teaching is good across the school. Teachers know their pupils as individuals and their good subject knowledge ensures lessons are interesting. Pupils’ progress is better than that found nationally and attainment is above average in English and mathematics. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, as well as those supported through additional funding, make good progress. Pupils’ behaviour is good and sometimes outstanding. Pupils’ good attitudes to learning and improving attendance reflect their enjoyment of school. The passionate and determined leadership of the headteacher ensures that the school is not complacent and no pupil is left behind. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The proportion of outstanding teaching is not high enough to accelerate pupils’ learning. At times, teachers are too ambitious and pupils are not always ready to take the next step. Opportunities for pupils to learn and apply problem-solving skills across subjects are under-developed. The quality of teachers’ marking is inconsistent and feedback is not always well timed. Pupils do not check the quality and accuracy of their work with sufficient exactness. Pupils are not given enough opportunities to reflect on their ideas, use their initiative or develop independent learning skills.