Dormanstown Primary Academy

Name Dormanstown Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 01 July 2015
Address South Avenue, Dormanstown, Redcar, Cleveland, TS10 5LY
Phone Number 01642483696
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 278 (56% boys 44% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 13.0
Academy Sponsor Tees Valley Education
Local Authority Redcar and Cleveland
Percentage Free School Meals 46.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.8%

Information about this school

Dormanstown Primary Academy converted to become an academy on 1 September 2013. When its predecessor school, Dormanstown Primary School was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good overall. The academy is one of a group of schools sponsored by the Navigate Trust. Dormanstown Primary Academy is an average-sized primary school. Almost all pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged and therefore eligible for the pupil premium is well above average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is much larger than average. The academy has five specialist units, which attract extra funding to provide places for disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs drawn from the Redcar and Cleveland local authority area and further afield. The provision caters for pupils with learning, social and communication difficulties and includes pupils with autistic spectrum disorders. In 2014, the academy did not meet the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 6. Children in the Nursery class attend part-time and those in the Reception class attend full-time. The Executive Principal and the head of the academy have been employed at the academy since September 2014. The Executive Principal is also in charge of Brambles Academy in Middlesbrough.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The academy has improved exceptionally rapidly in the last year because the Executive Principal and the head of the academy have very substantially raised staff expectations of what pupils should and can achieve. Achievement is good because pupils’ attainment has risen substantially in the last year following some disappointing national test results. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs are achieving well. Good and rapidly improving teaching enables pupils of all abilities to make good progress. Equal opportunity provision is outstanding. There is an outstanding atmosphere for learning so pupils can listen and work without distraction. Provision for children in the Nursery and Reception classes is outstanding. The academy uses its pupil premium funding exceptionally well to provide small classes and plenty of individual attention for pupils who need it. Pupils are eager to learn and behave outstandingly well. Instances of poor behaviour are rare because : managers have vastly raised expectations of pupils’ behaviour for learning. Attendance is above average and persistent absence is low. Pupils are very complimentary about the education that the academy provides. Arrangements for pupils’ health and safety are outstanding. Leaders and managers at all levels, together with the local improvement board, are all exceptionally effective in ensuring that the quality of teaching and achievement continue to rise quickly. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The most-able pupils taught in the specialist units are sometimes insufficiently challenged. The work set to provide extra challenge does not always sufficiently stretch pupils. Occasionally, teachers’ explanations of what pupils are intended to learn and do are unclear. Consequently, pupils are unsure of what is expected of them and so the pace of learning slows.