|Name||Old Dalby Church of England Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||23 February 2012|
|Address||Longcliff Hill, Old Dalby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 3JY|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||126 (57% boys 43% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||15.0|
|Academy Sponsor||Old Dalby Church Of England Primary School|
|Percentage Free School Meals||5.6%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||1.6%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||11.9%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about the school
Old Dalby Church of England Primary School is a smaller than average school that serves several rural villages on the outskirts of the town. Nearly all pupils are of a White British background and none speaks English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is low. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, including those with a statement of special educational needs, is below average. A higher-than-usual proportion of pupils do not spend the full seven years in the school because almost a quarter of families serve in the armed forces. The school has gained numerous awards in recognition of its work, including Investors in Pupils and Basic Skills Quality Mark. The school meets the government’s floor standard. Old Dalby Pre-school is situated on the school site. This facility is not managed by the governing body and is inspected and reported on separately.
Old Dalby is a good school. The key to the school’s good overall effectiveness is the strong leadership of the headteacher and senior leaders. It is a good, rather than an outstanding school because standards in English have not always been high enough and teaching is not consistently good enough to be judged outstanding. Achievement is good because all groups of pupils, including disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, progress well. Children make a good start in the Reception class through effective teaching and focused individual support. The school’s main priority last year was to raise attainment in mathematics. This it did successfully and standards rose to above average. The current priority is to raise attainment in English. Good quality teaching of phonics (the sounds that letters make) has started to raise standards in reading, particularly in Key Stage 1. Strategies for improving writing, especially among older boys, are proving effective but have not yet had a full impact on standards. Attendance is above average because pupils enjoy school. They feel safe, behave well and are enthusiastic about their work. They know they are part of a caring community and greatly appreciate all the opportunities the school provides to develop them socially and academically. The overall quality of teaching is good, with some outstanding practice. Pupils’ work is marked well and clearly shows pupils the next steps in learning. There are, however, a few inconsistencies. Sometimes teachers miss opportunities to develop writing skills in different subjects and they do not always monitor sharply enough whether individual pupils have made as much progress as they should. Rising standards, particularly in mathematics, good leadership and successful teaching and learning indicate that the school has the capacity to improve further.