Dunmore Primary School

Name Dunmore Primary School
Website http://www.dunmore.oxon.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 June 2012
Address Northcourt Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1NR
Phone Number 01235520550
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 477 (58% boys 42% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.3
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 11%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13.6%
Persisitent Absence 8.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 13%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Dunmore Primary School is larger than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are of White British heritage and speak English as their first language. The number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is in line with the national average. A well below average proportion of pupils are supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Early Years Foundation Stage provision comprises a Nursery and three Reception classes. The school runs a breakfast and after-school club each day. The school offers a range of extended services for the local community through the on-site children’s centre. The centre is subject to a separate inspection by Ofsted and

Key findings

Dunmore is a good school. It provides a caring and inclusive environment and pupils achieve well. It is not yet outstanding as not enough of the teaching is outstanding to ensure that pupils make rapid and sustained progress and, although progress is good overall, achievement is still uneven between key stages. Pupils enjoy learning and achieve well; they leave Year 6 with attainment that is significantly above average. Accurate assessment has identified that the gaps in performance of different groups in the school are closing. The very large majority of pupils are making good progress and many are making rapid progress. All have a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage because of the well-managed provision and effective teaching. While pupils’ attainment is well above average, progress at Key Stage 2 is more rapid than that at Key Stage 1. Teaching is good overall with some outstanding practice. The school provides very effectively for disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs. In some lessons, particularly in Key Stage 1, pace slows because lengthy sessions led by the teacher leave too little time for pupils to work independently and learning tasks do not always provide enough challenge. Behaviour and safety and the promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are good. These factors make a significant contribution to the calm, productive atmosphere in school. Attendance is above average. Leadership and management are good. The headteacher, supported well by staff and members of the governing body, manages staff performance and teaching well. The school has improved provision and maintained good outcomes from the previous inspection. Some subject leaders are not yet sufficiently involved in monitoring provision in their specialist areas, and monitoring of learning does not always sufficiently focus on the progress pupils make.