Deanwood Primary School


Name Deanwood Primary School
Website http://www.deanwood.medway.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 September 2012
Address Long Catlis Road, Parkwood, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 9TX
Phone Number 01634231901
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 203 (44% boys 56% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.2
Academy Sponsor The Howard Academy Trust
Local Authority Medway
Percentage Free School Meals 11.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.9%

Information about this school

Deanwood is smaller than the average-sized primary school. There are six classes, one of which is for both Year 3 and Year 4 pupils. It is currently led by an acting headteacher. A new headteacher was appointed the week before the inspection and takes up the position in January 2013. The new headteacher has provided support to the school since April 2012. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is broadly average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is broadly average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is broadly average. There is a breakfast club and an after-school club on the same site as the school which are not managed by the school’s governing body. A children’s centre is attached to the school. These facilities did not form part of this inspection. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make faster progress than in the past and their attainment is improving well. The youngest pupils have a good knowledge of letters and sounds because reading is taught in a structured way. Older pupils enthusiastically read a range of different books both in and out of school which extends their learning well. Pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the basic skills in mathematics are good. There are regular opportunities for pupils to use their reading and writing skills when learning about other subjects. Pupils have good attitudes to learning; they behave well in lessons and around the school. Teachers have improved how effectively they make sure the work they give pupils is set at the right level. They check pupils’ progress regularly and give them helpful feedback which helps to improve their work. Training for staff focuses well on the most important areas that need improvement Leaders check the quality of teaching regularly; their judgements are accurate. The governing body is decisive and takes appropriate action to make sure the school is well led. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils do not have enough opportunities to use their mathematics skills in other subjects regularly to make quicker progress. Marking and written feedback are not always robustly followed up to check that pupils continue to use the skills they have learned. The school does not offer sufficient support to parents to help them develop their children’s learning most effectively, particularly in reading.