|Name||Dunmow St Mary’s Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||17 June 2014|
|Address||High Stile, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1EB|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||411 (54% boys 46% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.2|
|Percentage Free School Meals||9.2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||7.5%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||11.7%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||Yes|
Information about this school
The school is above average in size for a primary school, with two classes in each age group. The very large majority of pupils are White British, with a few coming from a range of other ethnic heritages. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who are supported by the pupil premium is below average. This is extra government funding to help the education of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or looked after by the local authority. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which are minimum expectations set for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus, or through a statement of special educational needs, is also below average. The headteacher took up the permanent post in September 2013. In the previous year, she had shared the responsibility for the running of the school with the previous headteacher. A privately run before- and after-school care facility operates on the school site. This is inspected and reported upon separately. During the inspection, one of the Year 6 classes was out of school on a residential trip.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. The headteacher, senior staff and governors have successfully focused on improving the quality and consistency of teaching and pupils’ progress over the last year. Achievement is rising across the school. Children in the Reception classes settle happily and make good progress thanks to a wide range of stimulating, well-taught activities. All pupils are making good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Teachers are particularly successful in engaging pupils in learning, so they are enthusiastic, keen to learn and take a pride in their achievements. Teachers make increasingly good use of improved information about what pupils already know and can do when setting work. As a result, pupils of all abilities generally find tasks challenging but manageable. Pupils thoroughly enjoy school, behave well and, rightly, feel safe there. They have good relationships with each other and with staff. Attendance is above average and rising. The curriculum is enhanced by a wide range of sporting activities, visits and visitors, and interesting practical work, so pupils say that lessons are fun. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Occasionally, some pupils find the work they are doing too easy, or too hard, so their progress slows. Despite recent improvements, there remain weaknesses in pupils’ skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar. The marking of pupils’ written work does not tell them clearly enough how to improve it. Even when they are given good advice, teachers do not always ensure that pupils follow this.