Arboretum Primary School


Name Arboretum Primary School
Website http://www.arboretum.derby.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 September 2012
Address Corden Street, Derby, Derbyshire, DE23 8GP
Phone Number 01332291140
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 627 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.7
Academy Sponsor Derby Diocesan Academy Trust
Local Authority Derby
Percentage Free School Meals 23.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 86.3%

Information about this school

This is a larger-than-average sized primary school. An above-average proportion of the pupils are eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in local authority care and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. An average proportion of pupils are identified at school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational need. Their different needs include speech, language and communication difficulties and moderate learning difficulties. The school has specially resourced provision for up to ten pupils (with five currently on role) with moderate or severe learning difficulties. These pupils work within the classes in the morning and as a discrete group in the afternoon. Approximately 98% of pupils are from minority ethnic groups. Twenty-two languages are spoken at home and many pupils are at the early stages of learning English. In 2011, the most recent year for which results are confirmed, the school met the governments’ floor standard, which is the minimum expected for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher and senior staff are relentless in their drive to improve standards. The school is very successful in providing extra help for pupils who need it. The progress made by all groups of pupils throughout the school is good. Pupils like school, behave well and know how to keep themselves safe. Leaders have improved the quality of teaching, which is consistently good. The governing body is effective in helping raise everyone’s expectations of what can be achieved. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The standards achieved by many pupils in reading, writing and mathematics are improving but often below average. Pupils do not always confidently use a wide range of interesting words when talking in a range of subjects. The school has not yet been successful in involving a large number of families in supporting their children’s learning.