Dropmore Infant School

Name Dropmore Infant School
Website http://www.dropmoreinfant.eschools.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Littleworth Road, Dropmore, Burnham, SL1 8PF
Phone Number 01753644403
Type Primary
Age Range 4-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 61 (62.3% boys 37.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.6
Local Authority Buckinghamshire
Percentage Free School Meals 3.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence %
Pupils with SEN Support 8.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
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Information about the school

Dropmore Infant School is a much smaller than average rural infant school and admits pupils from the surrounding villages. The majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. Around a quarter of pupils come from minority ethnic groups and a few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils or those with special educational needs is lower than in most schools. Currently, no pupils are known to be eligible for free school meals. Pupils are taught in three year groups in the mornings and come together in two mixed-year group classes for most afternoons. The headteacher is also a class teacher. The school has achieved Healthy School Status, holds the Activemark award and the local authority’s Swan Award. In March 2011, the school successfully completed the Challenge Award.

Key findings

This is an outstanding school. Pupils are highly motivated and enthusiastic learners. They feel completely safe and extremely well cared for by staff. Parents and carers overwhelmingly praise the school. One parent wrote, ‘The teachers provide a warm, caring and inclusive environment which encourages a genuine love of learning.’ Children get off to an excellent start in the Reception class. An increasing number of pupils are now achieving higher levels across all subjects at the end of Year 2 and standards are above average and rising. Pupils do particularly well in reading and are confident as they read aloud with expression. Pupils’ achievement has continued to rise since the last inspection because the quality of teaching is now outstanding overall and never less than good. Pupils understand how well they are doing and what they need to improve as they discuss their work with teachers. However, the opportunities for pupils to evaluate their own work, so they gain a greater understanding of how they can raise expectations of themselves and do even better, are not consistent across the school. Leadership and management are outstanding. The headteacher, all the staff and the governing body pursue excellence through the rigorous monitoring and