Dorothy Barley Infants’ School

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Dorothy Barley Infants’ School

Name Dorothy Barley Infants’ School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 06 July 2016
Address Davington Road, Dagenham, Essex, RM8 2LL
Phone Number 02082704655
Type Primary
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Barking and Dagenham
Percentage Free School Meals 10.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Dorothy Barley Infants’ School is larger than the average primary school. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is much higher than average. A higher-than-average proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium is higher than average. These funds are used to tackle disadvantage and help pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after by the local authority. The school’s breakfast club is run by the governing body and was included in the inspection. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is lower than the national average. The current headteacher holds a temporary, interim post, which she started in January 2016. A new headteacher has been appointed for the start of the school year in September 2016. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. Ofsted_Logo_Black_RGB

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The interim headteacher has inspired other senior leaders and staff to work together as an effective team. As a result, the quality of teaching has improved from the previous inspection. Most teachers skilfully encourage pupils to learn from their mistakes. This helps pupils to develop confidence and resilience and, as a result, their learning is more secure and they make faster progress. The teaching of phonics (letters and the sounds that they make) is a strength and pupils read with confidence and interest. The school’s broad and stimulating curriculum motivates pupils to learn. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics from very low starting points. Pupils are well behaved, and disruption to learning and bullying are rare. Pupils get on well with each other and cooperate well from an early age. Children have a secure start in the early years. They make good progress and, by the end of the Reception Year, they are ready to start Year 1. Arrangements for keeping children safe are well managed. Pupils told inspectors they felt safe in school and well cared for by the adults who work there. Many visits and other activities mean that pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good. Governance has improved from the time of the previous inspection. The governing body is well led and ambitious for the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The most able pupils sometimes start with work that is too easy, and teachers do not provide them with challenging work quickly enough. Some teachers do not provide clear feedback to pupils to help them improve their work. In some lessons, pupils are not given enough time to respond to the feedback they are given by teachers. This slows pupils’ progress. Ofsted_Logo_Black_RGB