Dorchester Primary School

Name Dorchester Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 31 October 2017
Address Dorchester Road, Worcester Park, Surrey, KT4 8PG
Phone Number 02083301144
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 628 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.7
Local Authority Sutton
Percentage Free School Meals 9.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 22.3%
Persisitent Absence 9.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school converted to a foundation school on 1 February 2017 and is part of the Sutton Education Trust, with nine other schools. The headteacher and co-chairs of the governing body are members of the trust. The school receives support from the local authority. The breakfast club and after-school clubs are managed by a private company. This school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals is broadly average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups and those who speak English as an additional language is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils receiving special educational needs support is broadly average. The proportion of pupils with education, health and care plans is above the national average. The school met the government’s current floor standards in 2016. These set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of key stage 2.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Both the headteacher and deputy headteacher have an accurate view of the school’s performance. Consequently, they have identified the correct priorities and are securing further improvements. The recently appointed co-chairs of the governing body have a good knowledge of the school. Governors effectively hold senior leaders to account regarding pupils’ outcomes, particularly for those who are disadvantaged. Pupils take pride in their school and enjoy their learning. They are polite, friendly and respectful. Pupils are well behaved both within their classrooms and around the school. The school’s work to support pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is effective. Pupils learn about different religions and cultures, which gives them a better understanding of different religions. This prepares them well for life in modern Britain. Children are happy, safe and well behaved in the early years. They learn in a bright and welcoming environment which supports their learning and development. They make good progress, which has resulted in children leaving the early years well prepared to start Year 1. Teaching assistants are deployed effectively to support pupils. This enables them to make good progress in their learning. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good. Pupils are taught a range of subjects. However, sometimes teachers do not always provide challenging enough activities to ensure that the most able pupils develop a deeper understanding of the subjects taught. Although systems are in place to keep parents informed, some parents report that communication is not as efficient as it could be. The attendance of pupils, particularly those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and those who are eligible for free school meals, is below the national average. Persistent absence of pupils remains high.