Dee Point Primary School

What is this page?

We are, a schools information website. This page is one of our school directory pages. This is not the website of Dee Point Primary School.

What is Locrating?

Locrating is the UK's most popular and trusted school guide; it allows you to view inspection reports, admissions data, exam results, catchment areas, league tables, school reviews, neighbourhood information, carry out school comparisons and much more. Below is some useful summary information regarding Dee Point Primary School.

To see all our data you need to click the blue button at the bottom of this page to view Dee Point Primary School on our interactive map.

About Dee Point Primary School

Name Dee Point Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Dave Williams
Address Blacon Point Road, Blacon, Chester, CH1 5NF
Phone Number 01244372631
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 468
Local Authority Cheshire West and Chester
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils, including children in the early years, are proud of their school. Staff greet them with a warm smile and welcoming words as they arrive in the morning. Staff are keen to ensure that each pupil makes a positive start to the day.

For example, pupils talked fondly about the 'bagel bus' and the activities that they enjoy at the breakfast club.

Pupils chat happily with their friends as they make their way to classrooms. They told inspectors that they feel safe in school.

This is because they trust that staff will listen to any worries or concerns that they may have and that staff will help when needed. Most pupils repay staff's kindness by following the expectations that the school has set for their behaviour. Pupils conduct themselves appropriately.

The school is ambitious for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). However, some children in the early years, and pupils in Years 1 to 6, do not achieve as well as they should. This is because, in some subjects, the school's revised curriculums are in the early stages of being implemented.

As a result, some teachers are not clear enough about what they want pupils to learn.

Pupils participate well in the many clubs on offer. These clubs vary throughout the year and they provide pupils with plenty of opportunities to develop their talents and interests beyond the classroom.

Older pupils enjoy extra responsibilities such as acting as lunch-duty assistants. Those pupils who take on the role of nature ambassadors relish tending the school's garden areas.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Pupils enjoy reading.

The school ensures that pupils are exposed to a wide range of high-quality texts. Pupils were keen to tell inspectors about some of their favourite stories and authors.

The school's refinements to the reading curriculum are helping to bring about improvements in pupils' achievement.

The school has ensured that teachers are suitably trained to deliver the well-designed phonics programme consistently well and with confidence. Teachers ensure that the books that children in the early years and pupils in key stage 1 read are matched carefully to the sounds that they know. Teachers are well equipped to identify those pupils who need more help with reading.

Teachers provide appropriate support for these pupils so that they catch up quickly.

In English and mathematics, the school's curriculums are well established. Teachers deliver these curriculums as the school intends and they demonstrate secure subject knowledge.

This helps teachers select appropriate activities and support pupils to learn and remember new content. For the most part, pupils learn and achieve well in these subjects.

In many other subjects, however, curriculums have been introduced more recently.

This means that teachers in the early years and across the rest of the school are not sufficiently clear about the knowledge that children and pupils should learn. Some staff do not have secure enough subject knowledge to teach new curriculum content. This hinders teachers in designing appropriate learning activities for pupils in these subjects.

As a result, pupils do not learn as well as they should. In addition, due to historic weaknesses in the curriculum, some pupils have gaps in their earlier knowledge. Some teachers do not identify or address pupils' misconceptions as quickly as they should.

This prevents pupils from having a secure foundation on which to build new learning.

The school ensures that the needs of pupils with SEND are identified swiftly and accurately by well-trained staff. Staff support pupils in the specially resourced provision for pupils with SEND (specially resourced provision) to learn the curriculum successfully.

Staff receive appropriate training to enable them to adapt their delivery of the curriculum to meet the needs of pupils with SEND. This allows these pupils to learn the curriculum alongside their classmates. Nevertheless, due to weaknesses in how well the curriculum is delivered, some pupils with SEND in the main school do not achieve as well as they should.

Typically, pupils' learning is rarely disrupted. Pupils are clear about the expectations that staff have for their behaviour. For instance, pupils understand the importance of their 'class charters'.

The school provides support to ensure that the wider needs of pupils, such as their emotional needs, are met well by staff. The school has carefully crafted a well-thought-out programme to support pupils' personal development. This programme also helps pupils to learn about life in the wider community.

Pupils learn about different cultures, faiths and types of family. This helps them to respect each other's differences and prepares them well for life in modern society. Pupils enjoy a range of trips and visits, including an eagerly awaited annual residential.

This is a highlight of the school year for many pupils.

Governors understand the school's priorities. They provide appropriate challenge and support to the school when required.

This ensures that those responsible for governance are well informed about the quality of education that pupils receive.

The school engages well with parents and carers and encourages them to be active partners in their children's learning. For example, the school ensures that parents know what activities are happening in school and how to support their children.

Parents appreciate the ease with which they can speak with staff. For example, parents explained to inspectors that they find staff to be approachable and highly supportive.

The school considers the workload and well-being of staff in the decisions that it makes, for example about the curriculum.

Staff also appreciate the support that they receive from leaders to carry out their roles effectively. As a result, staff said that they feel valued and that they enjoy working at the school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In those subjects where the school has introduced curriculums more recently, teachers are not clear enough about the knowledge that pupils, including children in the early years, should learn. This hinders teachers from designing learning for pupils. The school should ensure that teachers are clear about what content to teach and when this knowledge should be delivered.

• Some staff do not have the skills and expertise to deliver recently introduced curriculums as the school intends. This prevents some pupils from learning the curriculum as well as they should. The school should ensure that staff are furnished with the knowledge that they need to select appropriate learning activities that enable pupils to learn the content of the curriculum.

• Weaknesses in the design of the previous curriculum mean that some pupils have gaps in their prior knowledge. This makes it difficult for them to make connections and build securely on earlier learning. Leaders should ensure that teachers identify and address gaps in pupils' learning swiftly.

Also at this postcode
Ash Tree Day Nursery

  Compare to
nearby schools