Dunmow St Mary’s Primary School

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Dunmow St Mary’s Primary School


Name Dunmow St Mary’s Primary School
Website http://www.dsmprimary.essex.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 17 June 2014
Address High Stile, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1EB
Phone Number 01371872340
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 411 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.2
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 9.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.5%
Persisitent Absence 5.7%
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.