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This is an outstanding school The headteacher has quickly secured a tangible momentum of improvement in all areas of the school and gained the support of pupils, staff and parents since her appointment last year. Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the school. One parent wrote, 'I think Delves is an excellent school.
Since the arrival of the new headteacher Mrs Arnold, I feel that the school has gone from strength to strength; we are now well informed of what is happening within the school and as parents are more involved in our children's education'. Leaders, managers and teachers have a highly ambitious vision for the school, demonstrated by a relentless drive t...o ensure that no pupil is left behind. As a result, teaching, pupils' progress and outcomes are outstanding.
Senior and middle leaders support the headteacher's vision effectively. Consequently, pupils' outcomes in reading, writing and mathematics are consistently significantly above the national average at the end of Year 2. All pupils are treated as individuals.
As a result, disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs are very well provided for and make excellent progress by the end of Year 2. Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning, and enjoy coming to school and taking part in a broad range of extra-curricular activities. The early years provision is outstanding.
From their starting points, children make excellent progress in Nursery and Reception classes and are well prepared for Year 1. Teaching is frequently outstanding and never less than good in all year groups, including the Nursery classes. Pupils leave the school exceptionally well prepared for Year 3.
Governors are experienced and skilled. They approve the spending of school finances to improve pupils' outcomes. Governors use accurate and detailed information to hold leaders to account and support continued improvements across the school.
Pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is effectively developed by a highly creative and engaging curriculum. Strong teamwork is evident throughout the school. Staff work together effectively and are committed to supporting every pupil.
Teaching assistants are well trained, highly skilled and make a clear difference to individual pupils and groups across the school. Staff know all pupils very well and place a high priority on maintaining excellent pupil attitudes and safety. Pupils feel very happy and always cared for as a result.
The culture of high expectations, creativity and commitment to education permeates every level of this outstanding school.
Information about this school
Delves Infant and Nursery School is larger than most infant schools. The current headteacher joined the school in April 2015.
Children in the Nursery classes attend part time. Children in the Reception classes attend full time. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage.
The proportions of pupils from minority ethnic groups and those who speak English as an additional language are twice that of other schools nationally. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium funding is just above the national average. This is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible to receive free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority.