Drove Primary School

Name Drove Primary School
Website https://drove-pri.swindon.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 13 March 2012
Address Drove Road, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 3AH
Phone Number 01793818608
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 741 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.8
Academy Sponsor The White Horse Federation
Local Authority Swindon
Percentage Free School Meals 5.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 77.6%
Persisitent Absence 2.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Drove Primary School is a larger than average primary school and is one of six federated schools managed by a single governing body. The headteacher of Drove Primary is one of two executive heads. Eighty nine percent of pupils represent 44 different cultures from minority ethnic backgrounds. The 79% of pupils who speak English as an additional language is more than four times the national average. The percentage who are known to be eligible for free school meals is higher than the national average, but the proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below national figures. The school exceeds the government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. It has achieved a range of awards. The governors of the school also manage the Drove Children’s Centre and Surestart Nursery Yellow Room, on the same site. These institutions were separately inspected, but the quality of education in the maintained Green Room Nursery for three- and four-year-olds is reported under this section 5 inspection.

Key findings

This is an outstanding school. The headteacher, staff and governors are totally committed to driving school improvement to ensure every opportunity is given for all pupils to achieve and enjoy learning. The vast majority of parents and carers and pupils who gave their views were extremely positive about the school. One parent commented, ‘Drove is great, because even in the quest to continually raise standards the whole child is not forgotten.’ Achievement is outstanding. All pupils, including those who are disabled or who have special educational needs, make rapid progress. Children start at school with skills and knowledge well below those expected for their age. They achieve consistently well as they move through the school and reach above average standards in reading, writing and mathematics by the time they leave in Year 6. Teaching is outstanding. Teachers set consistently high expectations and build strong, effective relationships with their pupils. Lessons have pace and rigour and incorporate a wide variety of strategies to engage all pupils. Marking is excellent and clearly tells pupils how they can improve further. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding and they display extremely good manners towards each other and adults. Their excellent behaviour and positive attitudes in class support their learning. They say they feel very safe and enjoy coming to school. Many pupils have excellent attendance records but a small number of families take their children out of school for extended periods without permission. School leaders at all levels have a shared sense of purpose. The leadership of the headteacher is very strong in managing the school’s performance. The highly effective leadership of teaching is supported by a robust programme of monitoring and professional development. This, together with systematic procedures for performance management, is having a positive impact as the proportion of outstanding teaching demonstrates.