Dore Primary School


Name Dore Primary School
Website http://www.dore.sheffield.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 25 March 2015
Address Furniss Avenue, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S17 3QP
Phone Number 01142368690
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 471 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.1
Local Authority Sheffield
Percentage Free School Meals 4.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.6%

Information about this school

Dore School is larger than the average-sized primary school. Most of the pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is lower than the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is below the national average. The term disadvantaged pupils is used to describe those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority and are supported through the pupil premium funding. Children attend the early years provision on a full-time basis. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ progress and attainment in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The headteacher supports other schools and the local authority in a number of ways, such as completing audits and supporting schools with regards to safeguarding requirements and pupils’ emotional well-being.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils make outstanding progress from their starting points. They reach well-above average standards in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6. Disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs reach above average standards. Teaching is outstanding. Teachers ensure pupils learn at a level that is well suited to their understanding. Teachers are skilled at questioning pupils’ understanding and helping pupils think carefully and gain deeper knowledge. Teachers are committed to planning activities to engage pupils and stimulate their imagination. The early years provision has improved greatly since the last inspection when it required improvement. The early years is not yet outstanding because not all activities planned for children to select themselves are of a high enough quality. Adults’ interaction in these activities is not always promoting good and better learning. Teachers in the early years do not always use the information they gain about the children’s understanding to adapt teaching to promote further learning. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. They enjoy coming to school and learning. Their attitude in lessons is exemplary; they are eager to participate. Pupils take part in schemes that contribute to the exceptional growth of their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Schemes include links with the Mae Sot refugee community and work which gained them the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award. The safety of the pupils is outstanding. Adults ensure pupils are very aware of how to keep themselves safe. Senior leaders and governors ensure the site is extremely safe. The headteacher is passionate about ensuring that pupils receive the best moral and academic education possible. Senior and middle leaders are rigorous in their monitoring of teaching and learning. They identify any dips in standards and resolve issues with appropriate training or interventions. Teachers are well supported and trained and this has led to notable improvements in the quality of teaching. The governors are extremely well informed and take an active role in all aspects of school life. Finances, including primary school sport and the pupil premium funding are managed very well to maximise the impact on pupils’ experiences.