Donnington Wood Infant School and Nursery Centre


Name Donnington Wood Infant School and Nursery Centre
Website http://www.donningtonwoodinfants.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 05 June 2019
Address Baldwin Webb Avenue, Donnington, Telford, Shropshire, TF2 8EP
Phone Number 01952386640
Type Primary
Age Range 2-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 234 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.0
Percentage Free School Meals 26.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 18.8%

Information about this school

This school is similar to the average-sized infant school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is broadly in line with the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is below the national average. A before-school club operates on the school site. It is managed by the governors. The school continues to change rapidly. Many pupils enter the school at various points in a school year, some having never been in a school before. The school makes provision for two-year-old children.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Leaders’ planning for improvement is not matched closely enough to the weaknesses in the school. At times, the actions taken have not been sufficiently focused on the most important areas for improvement or have not been taken quickly enough. The quality of teaching is not yet consistently good. Pupils’ outcomes remain uneven across different year groups, particularly for disadvantaged pupils. Some teachers accept work which is not the pupils’ best. In writing, teachers do not always address pupils’ misconceptions and errors. Assessment is not used precisely enough to plan tasks that are well matched to pupils’ needs, including the most able. Provision in the early years is not consistently good. Despite improvements in attendance, some pupils do not attend school regularly enough. Governors do not challenge leaders enough, particularly about the use and impact of pupil premium funding. The school has the following strengths Where teaching is most effective, activities are well planned. Teachers use questioning well to check the understanding of pupils’ learning. The curriculum provides engaging activities for pupils. Pupils benefit from a range of interesting enrichment opportunities such as trips and visits. Teaching assistants support pupils well, particularly those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Personal development is good. Pupils are happy and are kept safe. Pupils new to the school settle well and quickly make friends. Parents and carers are positive about the school.