|Name||Great Dalby School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||11 September 2014|
|Address||Top End, Great Dalby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 2HA|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||146 (57% boys 43% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.1|
|Academy Sponsor||Bradgate Education Partnership|
|Percentage Free School Meals||2.1%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||2.7%|
Information about this school
The school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. Almost all pupils are White British, and very few pupils speak English as an additional language. Very few pupils are eligible to receive the pupil premium. This is additional funding for pupils in care and those known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of pupils supported through a statement of special educational need or with an education, heath or care plan is well-below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Great Dalby Community Primary School converted to become an academy on 1st March 2013. When its predecessor school, Great Dalby Community Primary School was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good. The Early Years leader is a Lead Practitioner for moderation and standardisation.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. The leadership of the school is strong. The headteacher is extremely well supported by the assistant headteacher, governors, staff and parents, who all share the drive to improve teaching and learning. Across all year groups, pupils of all abilities make progress that is always at least good. The majority make outstanding progress to reach high standards in a wide range of subjects, particularly, in reading, writing and mathematics. The quality of teaching is outstanding. Teachers set high expectations and astutely plan learning that inspires, challenges and engages pupils so that they make rapid progress. The school’s work to keep pupils safe is outstanding. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary at all times. They are polite, courteous and confident. Pupils enjoy school and attend school punctually. Their above average attendance and positive attitudes to learning ensure high standards. Leaders at all levels accurately judge the quality of teaching and learning, and their rigorous approach to assessing and checking pupils’ progress on a regular basis, ensures pupils make maximum progress. The school is making good progress in developing new assessment arrangements to match the requirements of the new national curriculum. Governors ensure the curriculum offers a broad range of subjects, including personal and social education, assemblies, educational visits, clubs and activities, in order to develop pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. Pupils quickly develop key values, such as respect and tolerance, and the school is a harmonious community. The Early Years phase of the school is outstanding. Leaders promote high quality teaching and learning. Teachers motivate and manage children skilfully so they develop a love of learning and positive attitudes from their first days at school.