|Name||Dewhurst St Mary CofE Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||09 July 2013|
|Address||94, Churchgate, Cheshunt, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN8 9ND|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||207 (53% boys 47% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||20.4|
|Percentage Free School Meals||16.4%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||5%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||15.5%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
This is a smaller than average-sized primary school. About three quarters of pupils are White British. Other pupils come from a range of different ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well below average. An above average proportion of the pupils are eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils in local authority care, those known to be eligible for free school meals or those with a parent in the armed services The headteacher took up the post in April 2011.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Improvements to the Early Years Foundation Stage mean that children now make good progress in Reception. Positive action has been taken to raise achievement, particularly in Years 3 to 6. Pupils are now making good progress and attainment by the end of Year 6 is above average in mathematics and average in English. Teaching has improved and is now typically good. There are examples of outstanding practice. Teachers’ effective explanations and questioning promote pupils’ learning well. Teachers set demanding tasks that are usually well suited to pupils’ abilities and learning needs. Pupils are enthusiastic and keen learners They behave well in lessons and around the school. In assembly and in some lessons, their attitudes and behaviour are exemplary. Pupils feel safe and very well cared for by staff. The headteacher has gained the confidence of the school community and provides strong leadership in raising achievement and improving teaching. Other key leaders, governors and the local authority have made a valuable contribution to improving the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In a few lessons, pupils not sufficiently clear about what they are expected to learn. At times, pupils’ learning in lessons slows down when they are not moved on to the main task quickly enough. In some year groups, pupils’ progress in reading trails behind writing and mathematics.