Dunalley Primary School

Name Dunalley Primary School
Website http://www.dunalley.gloucs.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 October 2012
Address West Drive, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4LB
Phone Number 01242512391
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 410 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.2
Local Authority Gloucestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 13.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 14.6%

Information about this school

Dunalley is a primary school of average size. The proportion of pupils eligible to receive pupil premium (extra money provided to schools by the government) is well above the national average, as is the proportion of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported by school action is above average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is in line with the national average, as is the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language. Since the previous inspection, the school now has a Nursery class within its Early Years Foundation Stage. This year, the school has increased its intake number into Reception from 30 to 60. There is a before- and after-school club which is not managed by the school’s governing body. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher has established a shared vision and is ably supported by a strong team of leaders and managers. Together, they have been successful in improving the quality of teaching and learning since the previous inspection. As a result, pupils’ progress and the quality of teaching have rapidly improved and are now consistently good across the school. This supports pupils’ good achievement and they reach average standards by the end of Key Stage 2. The governing body is involved fully in all aspects of the school’s work. Governors ask the right questions, especially about how well pupils learn. Together with the school leadership team, they have high expectations for the further improvement of the school. This is a harmonious community where good-quality provision for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development promotes pupils’ high self-esteem and confidence. Pupils feel safe, enjoy learning and behave well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not yet enough outstanding teaching. In a small number of lessons across the school, lessons lack a real sense of pace, or pupils are not given enough time to check up on their own progress and to think about how they can make their work better. Occasionally, opportunities are missed to use additional adults effectively throughout the lesson in order to make sure all pupils make the best possible progress.