Danetree Primary School

Name Danetree Primary School
Website http://www.danetreeschool.org/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Danetree Road, West Ewell, Epsom, KT19 9SE
Phone Number 02083936406
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 722 (50.7% boys 49.3% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19
Academy Sponsor Glf Schools
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 11.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13.6%
Persisitent Absence 10%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.5%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (26 February 2019)
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Information about this school

The school is a significantly larger than the average-sized primary school. It converted to join the GLF Schools multi-academy trust in October 2012. The school was previously inspected in June 2014 when it was a junior school. There were two main infant feeder schools. The school converted to a primary school in September 2016. The headteacher took up her post from September 2017. The current leadership team was established one year ago. Approximately half of the staff worked at the school when it was a junior school. The school currently employs seven newly qualified teachers and two teachers on the school-centred initial teacher training programme. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged is below the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is in line with the national average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Pupils love coming to this school and say that they cannot wait to begin their learning. They are very proud to be at Danetree Primary School, and highly recommend it to others. The headteacher provides exceptional leadership. She is persistent in her drive to improve all aspects of the school so that pupils have every opportunity to succeed. Inspirational senior leaders share the headteacher’s vision and ambition and drive the school forward. Leaders make this a special place to learn and work. Everyone is valued and respected and all work together as a team. Members of the school strategic board support senior leaders very well. They carry out their roles professionally and provide a high level of challenge. The excellent working partnership across the trust means that all staff receive high-quality training, support and challenge. Teaching is highly effective because of strong leadership. Leaders effectively monitor and evaluate the impact of teaching on learning and are keen to ensure that even more pupils make exceptional progress. They are systematic in the support and challenge they provide, and expect the very best from teachers. As a result of strong teaching and an inspirational curriculum, pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), make good progress that helps them to catch up quickly. The school maintains accurate records of pupils’ achievement across all subjects. This information is used well by staff and is largely effective in ensuring that no pupil is left behind in their learning. Children in the Nursery and Reception classes benefit from very high levels of care and support. They make strong progress from their different starting points. The large majority of parents are very supportive of the school. They believe that their children are well cared for and that they make strong progress in their learning. Pupils feel very safe at school. They have a thorough understanding of how to keep safe, and help one another to do so. They are well supported by the school’s meticulous attention to detail for the safety of everyone. Pupils’ behaviour is impeccable. Effective strategies to promote good behaviour encourage pupils to be self-reflective and to think about the results of their actions on others.