Orchard Community Primary School

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Orchard Community Primary School


Name Orchard Community Primary School
Website http://www.orchardprimary.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 26 October 2017
Address Grange Drive, Castle Donington, Derby, Derbyshire, DE74 2QU
Phone Number 01332810078
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 265
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.2
Local Authority 855
Percentage Free School Meals 9.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.9%
Persisitent Absence 3.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school is an average-sized primary school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is below average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is significantly below average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is broadly average. The school has recently changed its age-range and now has a Year 6. The school has undertaken considerable building works to create additional classrooms.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Leaders do not use the assessment information rigorously enough to accurately assess the outcomes of different groups of pupils. This means that leaders do not have a full picture of pupils’ achievement. Performance management is not used robustly enough to hold teachers to account. Some middle leaders do not consistently use their knowledge and skills to improve the quality of teaching and learning. Leaders’ planning for improvement is not matched closely enough to school priorities. The governing body does not robustly challenge leaders about pupils’ achievement. Some teachers do not use pupils’ assessment information effectively to tailor tasks to meet the needs of pupils. There are weaknesses in pupils’ problem-solving and reasoning skills. The indoor and outdoor learning areas in the early years do not consistently provide children with enough opportunities to develop their numeracy and literacy skills. Adults in the early years do not use children’s ongoing assessment information well enough. Teachers in the early years do not provide enough opportunities for parents to share their children’s learning experiences at home with the school to build on their learning and interests. The school has the following strengths The headteacher has created a school that has a strong focus on personal development and the welfare of all pupils. Pupils are safe and happy and feel valued. The curriculum is broad and balanced. Pupils enjoy the broad range of learning opportunities on offer, especially after-school clubs. The teaching of reading is effective. Pupils are taught phonic skills effectively. The headteacher and governors have successfully extended the school’s age range to include Year 6. Pupils behave well and show care and respect for each other. Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are managed and supported well by adults to make good progress. Teaching assistants support pupils’ learning well during lessons.