Denby Dale First and Nursery School

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About Denby Dale First and Nursery School

Name Denby Dale First and Nursery School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Geoff Billing
Address Gilthwaites Lane, Denby Dale, Huddersfield, HD8 8SG
Phone Number 01484866071
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 2-10
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 101
Local Authority Kirklees
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Denby Dale is a nurturing school where leaders have high expectations of pupils. Staff have worked diligently to develop the curriculum, and pupils now learn through a wide range of subjects. Staff motivate pupils and help them to succeed, both academically and personally.

This includes all pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Leaders have established consistent routines to support the school's high expectations of behaviour. There are very respectful working relationships between pupils and staff.

Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. Incidents of bullying are extremely rare. When they do happen, pupils know that a...dults are quick to sort out the problems.

Pupils are happy, feel safe and enjoy learning. They are so proud when they earn any of the school's badges of honour. If they have any concerns or worries, pupils know that they can talk to an adult or access other support to help them keep calm.

This includes spending time with the school's reading dog, Baxter.

Pupils have many opportunities and experiences to broaden their personal development, for example listening to visitors, going on trips and taking part in outdoor learning. The school develops pupils' cultural understanding well.

Pupils are involved in fundraising for charities, including through national events.

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

Since starting at the school, leaders have overhauled the curriculum to ensure that it develops year on year from early years to Year 5. Most subjects are now carefully planned, identifying what pupils need to learn.

Educational visits are incorporated into plans to bring learning alive. Pupils have many opportunities to revisit previous learning, including through recap activities at the beginning of lessons. This helps pupils to remember more over time.

Older pupils had good recall when talking about aspects of history. They discussed, in depth, different Chinese dynasties and how they have developed their understanding of hierarchy. However, not all subjects are well planned in terms of identifying the key knowledge and skills that pupils need to learn.

Leaders recognise this and have already started to develop these subjects further.

Reading is the key priority for the school. Leaders are determined for pupils to develop as confident readers.

Staff have all been trained and they teach phonics well. They provide swift and effective support for those pupils who start to fall behind. Pupils read books that are well matched to the sounds they are learning.

They develop as fluent and confident readers. A love of reading is promoted widely, including through daily story times and access to attractive reading areas in classrooms.

Pupils' behaviour and attendance across the school are good.

Leaders have introduced a new behaviour policy. The positive impact of its implementation has been recognised by parents and carers and visitors alike. All staff have high expectations of pupils' behaviour.

They work closely together to help pupils make the right choices. Pupils are eager to learn.

Pupils with SEND do well.

Staff are aspirational for them. Staff use appropriate adaptations and resources to support these pupils in their learning. All pupils are fully included in lessons and other activities.

Children make a strong start in early years. Staff are calm and very friendly towards the children. They work hard to help children to develop their speech and vocabulary and grasp early reading and mathematical skills.

Staff question children well to deepen their understanding, assess what children have learned and support any who fall behind. Children are provided with many exciting activities to help their development, both indoors and outside. For example, some children were totally absorbed when investigating how far a toy car could travel when released down a cross-section of drainpipe.

Parents are welcomed into school to attend workshops and other events.

Pupils develop an understanding of, and respect for, individual differences. In addition to taking part in other activities, pupils have the opportunity to take part in outdoor learning, which helps develop their resilience and teamwork.

The school offers a wide range of clubs that are well attended. Pupils are taught how to keep healthy, both in mind and body. They take part in daily activities, such as yoga, to support their personal development.

Pupils take on responsibilities in the school, including the role of eco-councillors. However, there are limited opportunities for pupils to debate issues and ideas.

Leaders manage the school well.

They have been resolute in their actions to improve the school and know what to focus on to make it even better. Governors are unwavering in their support and visit the school regularly. They have seen the improvements leaders have made.

Many staff are new to the school. They feel valued by leaders and recognise actions taken to support them.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Some subjects do not match the quality of other, more developed curriculum areas. Because of this, pupils know more and understand more in some subjects compared with others. Leaders should further develop the curriculum so that it is of a consistently high quality across all subject areas.

The school does not provide enough opportunities for pupils to debate. This contributes to many pupils not knowing how to debate issues. The school needs to plan more activities that enable pupils to debate, practise and consolidate what they have learned.

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