Dordon Primary School

Name Dordon Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 June 2014
Address Roman Way, Dordon, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 1PJ
Phone Number 01827892422
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 210
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.1
Academy Sponsor Community Academies Trust
Local Authority 937
Percentage Free School Meals 16.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.9%
Persisitent Absence 4.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. It converted to become an academy in November 2012, sponsored by the Community Academies Trust. The number of pupils is rapidly increasing, and 23 have joined since September 2013. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium, which is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or looked after by the local authority, is above average. Most pupils are White British and speak English as their first language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is average. The proportion supported at school action plus or through a statement of special educational needs is above average. The headteacher leads two other local schools in addition to Dordon Community Primary School. The school meets 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 good school. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Standards are rising. Teaching is good. Lessons are lively and interesting and teachers encourage pupils to do well. Good teaching of physical education promotes an active and healthy lifestyle. Pupils’ behaviour is exceptionally good. They are considerate and polite. Pupils are calm and quiet around school, quickly settle down to work and try their best in lessons. Pupils feel safe, and understand how to keep themselves safe in different situations both in and outside school. New pupils are supported by other pupils when they arrive. This helps them to settle well and make good progress. The headteacher has ensured rapid improvements in teaching and achievement. The strong senior leadership team checks rigorously how well pupils are doing. Any in danger of falling behind are quickly identified and helped to keep up. Governors are very supportive, but also make sure that they hold senior leaders accountable for improving the school. They visit regularly to check for themselves how well it is doing. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted particularly well. The school’s one-word rule, ‘Respect’, is valued by everyone and pupils try hard to abide by it. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Most teachers give pupils excellent guidance on how they can improve their work, but this is not consistent in all classes. Very occasionally, more-able pupils do not get work that develops new skills and learning. Systems have recently been introduced to help some staff develop leadership skills, but they are not yet having a full impact on improving teaching and learning.