Dorney School Closed

Name Dorney School Closed
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Inspection Date 17 June 2015
Address Harcourt Close, Dorney Reach, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 0DY
Phone Number 01628620871
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 202 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.8
Percentage Free School Meals 5.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.9%

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Children in the Reception class attend full time. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils – those who are supported by pupil premium funding – is below average. The pupil premium provides additional funding for pupils eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after. Most pupils are of White British background. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is below that in most schools. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average compared to similar schools nationally. The school runs a breakfast club and an after-school club for its pupils. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Since the previous inspection the school has experienced significant changes in leadership and teaching staff. The current headteacher was appointed in January 2014 but has been away from school since January 2015. She was not in school during the inspection and did not take part in any of the inspection activities. The deputy headteacher left in March 2015. Two members of the teaching staff undertook temporary leadership of the school as acting deputy headteachers for the first part of the summer term. An experienced consultant leader has been providing leadership support for three days a week since April 2015 and was involved in the inspection activities. A new headteacher has been appointed and will take up the post on a permanent basis in September 2015. He was in school during the inspection. There have been a large number of changes of teaching staff since the last inspection. During this school year all the classes in Key Stage 2 have experienced at least one change of teacher. The governing body has experienced a number of changes. The Chair of the Governing Body is new and took up the post at the beginning of the week of the inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires special measures. There has been a lack of clear direction and leadership for the school since the last inspection. The effectiveness of the school has declined. Leaders have not taken sufficient measures to ensure that all pupils receive consistently good teaching. Leaders and managers, including the governing body, have not been effective in monitoring the success of all aspects of the school’s work. They have not taken strong action to improve performance. Pupils’ achievement is inadequate as a result. Pupils’ progress in Key Stage 2 is inadequate. The progress that they have made, particularly in writing, has been significantly below average for two of the last three years. There has been insufficient capacity in leadership across all levels to bring about much needed improvement. Recent improvements have relied on external support. Teachers’ expectations of what pupils can and should achieve are too low. As a result the work set for pupils is insufficiently challenging, particularly for the most able pupils. Teachers’ marking does not contribute well enough to helping pupils to improve their work. Opportunities for pupils to apply their writing skills in longer pieces of work are not sufficiently well developed. Pupils do not have enough opportunities to use their mathematical knowledge in solving problems. Pupils’ attitudes to learning vary considerably and are not consistently positive. They do not take sufficient care with the quality of their work. As a result they make limited progress. The governing body has not been robust in holding school leaders to account. The school has the following strengths The support provided by the consultant leader and the local authority has helped to arrest the decline in performance and has provided clear guidance on how the school can improve. Pupils feel safe in school and have a good understanding of how to keep themselves safe in a range of situations. They behave well at breaktimes and show care and consideration for each other. Provision and teaching in the early years are good and the children make good progress. Recent appointments have strengthened the governing body. Governors are becoming more knowledgeable about pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching.