Great Dunmow Primary School

Name Great Dunmow Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 April 2014
Address Walnut Walk, Woodlands Park Drive, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1ZR
Phone Number 01371873184
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 426 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.8
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 6.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.5%
Persisitent Absence 4.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 4.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The very large majority of the pupils are White British. More pupils than is usual nationally join the school part way through their primary education or at times other than the usual starting dates. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below the national average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium is below the national average. This is additional government funding for particular groups of pupils, including those known to be eligible for free school meals, and those in the care of the local authority. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school has recently been through a period of significant staff changes. The executive headteacher has been in post since January 2014 following the promotion of the previous headteacher. The executive headteacher was previously a headteacher of the school. A new headteacher and deputy headteacher have been appointed and will take up their posts in September 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils achieve well and make good progress throughout the school. Pupils achieve well in English and mathematics in both key stages. Progress in mathematics was particularly impressive in 2013. Most teaching is good and some is outstanding. Pupils are eager to learn. Both they and their teachers expect the highest standards of behaviour. Pupils feel safe and the vast majority of parents agree with their children’s views. Pupils are known and valued as individuals. Their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is well promoted. The headteacher, staff and governors are working successfully to improve teaching and ensure achievement continues to rise. The roles of subject leaders are well defined. Their work contributes well to pupils’ good achievement. Governors have a good understanding of the school. While very supportive, they hold leaders accountable for the school’s performance. The school has a good capacity for sustained improvement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Sometimes, teachers do not check quickly enough on pupils’ understanding during lessons. Teachers do not always use the most recent data on pupils’ progress to ensure learning is always challenging. The best examples of how marking and assessment are used to guide pupils’ learning are inconsistently shared between staff.