Didsbury Road Primary School

Name Didsbury Road Primary School
Website http://www.didsburyroad.stockport.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 02 April 2014
Address Didsbury Road, Heaton Mersey, Didsbury Road Primary School, Stockport, Cheshire, SK4 3HB
Phone Number 01614322240
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 477 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.3
Local Authority Stockport
Percentage Free School Meals 5.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.2%
Persisitent Absence 5.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Didsbury Road is larger than the average-sized primary school The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is about half the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs who are supported through school action is below average as is the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium funding is significantly lower than that found nationally. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those who are looked after by the local authority. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ learning and progress. The senior and middle leadership team and the governing body have been restructured since the previous inspection. The school works with a cluster of local schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Didsbury Road’s vision that ‘We are happy, caring, confident learners, preparing for our future.’ sums up the essence of this outstanding school. Pupils achieve exceptionally well in both their academic and personal development because : they are provided with an outstanding quality of education. Standards in reading, writing and mathematics are well-above average although pupils’ attainments in writing, especially for the most able, have not been quite as high as in reading and mathematics. The outstanding quality of the teaching ensures that a high proportion of pupils make more than expected progress when they join the school. Progress is particularly rapid in the Early Years Foundation Stage where children develop a love for learning which is apparent throughout the school. Behaviour in classrooms and around the school is excellent. Pupils enjoy their lessons and concentrate well on their work and this contributes highly effectively to their outstanding learning. Pupils are very confident they are safe in school and parents agree. Even from a young age, pupils have a very good understanding of how to keep themselves safe. The headteacher and other leaders are driving the school forward with a clear vision for continuous school improvement in all areas. The governing body has strengthened its membership. The Chair provides exceptionally skilled leadership to support and challenge the school’s leaders highly effectively. As a result leaders have ensured that teaching has improved and achievement is outstanding. Didsbury Road pupils are very healthy. Pupils hugely enjoy and take part in competitions in a wide range of physical activities and sports. This, together with a very good understanding of healthy eating and healthy lifestyles, ensures pupils are fit and active. Pupils are kind, caring and thoughtful individuals and are confident learners, who are extremely well prepared for the next stage in their education.