Parley First School

Name Parley First School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 09 February 2016
Address Glenmoor Road, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 8QE
Phone Number 01202874400
Type Primary
Age Range 5-9
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Dorset
Percentage Free School Meals 9.4%

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium (additional government funding to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after) is well below average. The great majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is below average. Children in early years attend full time and are taught in two Reception classes. The school operates a breakfast club and after-school club. There have been major changes in the teaching staff during the past two years.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher has made significant improvements to all aspects of the school since the previous inspection, and has provided inspirational leadership. Leaders are fully supported by all staff, an improved governing body and the vast majority of parents in the continuous drive for further improvement. Pupils, particularly in Key Stage 1, attain standards well above the national average. All groups of pupils, including the most able, disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs achieve well in a range of subjects, including English and mathematics. Significant numbers of pupils make better than expected progress, especially in reading and mathematics. The quality of teaching has improved considerably. Senior leaders now check the quality of teaching and learning regularly, systematically and rigorously. Children in the early years are taught well and make good progress, so that they are well prepared for Year 1. Pupils throughout the school feel very safe and behave well. The curriculum provides a range of subjects and enrichment opportunities, which pupils appreciate greatly, for example in music and sport. All pupils, including the vulnerable and disadvantaged, feel very well cared for. Attendance has improved since the previous inspection and is above average. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Although the most-able pupils achieve well over time, sometimes in lessons they are not challenged to produce the best work of which they are capable. Middle leaders, including subject leaders, are still at an early stage of effectively checking the quality of teaching and learning.