Dauntsey Academy Primary School

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Dauntsey Academy Primary School

Name Dauntsey Academy Primary School
Website http://www.daps.wilts.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 January 2012
Address Sandfield, West Lavington, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 4HY
Phone Number 01380813373
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Christian
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 197 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.3
Academy Sponsor Dauntsey Academy Primary School
Local Authority Wiltshire
Percentage Free School Meals 6.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2%
Persisitent Absence 4.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Dauntsey’s is a smaller-than-average primary school serving a largely rural area. A new headteacher started in September 2009. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is slightly lower than average. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who are disabled and those who have special educational needs is average. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Key Stage 2. The school has the Basic Skills award. There is pre-school provision, not managed by the governing body, on site, which is subject to a separate inspection.

Key findings

This is a good school. Pupils’ attainment is above average in English and mathematics when they leave, preparing them well for the next stage in their education. Pupils are known very well as individuals and the high quality relationships at all levels contribute to the school being a happy, friendly place. Parents value the work of the school highly, particularly the teachers’ care and knowledge of their children. Teachers ensure that pupils make good progress by accurately assessing their skills in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils enjoy school, and are articulate about how they learn, saying ‘teachers make learning fun’. Pupils have a good understanding of safety and know how to stay safe when using the internet. Pupils behave well in lessons and say that rare incidents of poor behaviour are dealt with effectively by teachers. The headteacher has led improvements to teaching and the development of a skills-based curriculum; his enthusiasm and drive are appreciated by pupils, parents and carers, staff and governors. Teaching is good overall and in the majority of lessons pupils are motivated and all groups work at a good pace. In a few lessons, the pace is not as brisk, and occasionally there is scope for increasing the level of challenge and ensuring that pupils have a clear idea of what they need to do to succeed. Pupils have good moral, spiritual and social understanding but their experience and understanding of other cultures in modern Britain and the global community is weaker. The curriculum provides good opportunities for pupils to develop and use skills in a range of subjects and cross-curricular planning is well established so that learning is relevant, fun and meaningful for pupils. Governors are experienced and have a good range of skills. They provide good support and challenge to the development of the school.