Dunston Primary and Nursery Academy


Name Dunston Primary and Nursery Academy
Website http://www.dunston.derbyshire.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 May 2016
Address Dunston Lane, Newbold, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 8EY
Phone Number 01246450601
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 298 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.8
Academy Sponsor Cavendish Learning Trust
Local Authority Derbyshire
Percentage Free School Meals 27.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

Dunston Primary and Nursery School is a larger than average size primary school. Most pupils are White British. A few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is above average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is above average. The pupil premium is extra government funding to support the education of disadvantaged pupils, i.e. those who are known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. There is specially resourced provision for pupils who have special educational needs or disability, known as the ‘enhanced resource service’ on site. This provision offers places for up to eight physically impaired pupils. Currently, six pupils benefit from this facility. They also attend mainstream classes. The school runs a breakfast club each morning. There is an after-school club on the school site. It is managed by a private provider and is inspected separately.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The school has improved since the previous inspection. The safeguarding policies and procedures now fully meet requirements and leadership at all levels is effective. The headteacher and other senior leaders provide strong and motivational leadership. As a result, staff are ambitious for their pupils and take pride in working at the school. The quality of teaching is improving and classrooms are exciting places to learn. Middle leaders enjoy their additional responsibilities and play a full part in driving school improvement. Governors have high aspirations for pupils and staff. They have the range of skills and experience necessary to help the school improve even further. Children in the Nursery and Reception classes make good progress because right from the start staff provide activities to match the children’s range of needs and interests. Pupils in Years 1 to 6, including those who have special educational needs or disability, make good progress from their starting points. Pupils’ attainment by the time they leave is in line with the national averages in reading, writing and mathematics. Teachers know well individual pupils’ strengths and weaknesses. Overall, they use this knowledge to tailor work so that all can make good progress. Gaps between the attainment of disadvantaged pupils in the school and that of others nationally are narrowing. Pupils with disabilities work very successfully in mainstream classes and achieve well. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around school is good. They are polite and courteous with adults, and work and play well with each other. Pupils understand and value the school’s ‘three diamond rules’. They have a clear understanding of what is right and wrong, and show respect and tolerance towards different beliefs and cultures. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Improvement plans, including those linked to disadvantaged pupils, lack measurable outcomes. This makes it difficult to check how successfully improvement strategies are working. Teaching does not consistently challenge the most able pupils. Pupils’ personal development would benefit from a wider range of midday and after-school clubs.