Great Denham Primary School

Name Great Denham Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 06 December 2017
Address Greenkeepers Road, Great Denham, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 4GG
Phone Number 01234266245
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 506 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.4
Local Authority Bedford
Percentage Free School Meals 13.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 33%
Persisitent Absence 8.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school opened in September 2012 with 100 pupils and has now grown to 476 pupils. The majority of these pupils started their education at the school. However, in previous years, the school experienced a high level of mobility into the school. There are plans in the near future for the school to grow further to three forms of entry. The majority of pupils are taught in two forms of entry across the school. The majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds but an increasing number come from minority ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium grant is broadly average. The proportion of pupils identified as having SEN and/or disabilities is broadly average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards. These are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school operates before-school and after-school provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The senior leadership team has developed a strong ethos that is respected by pupils and adults alike. The school’s mission statement of ‘Inspire excellence; everyone, everyday!’ is at the heart of everything that the school does. The headteacher and deputy headteachers have an accurate view of the school’s performance. Consequently, they have identified appropriate priorities for further improvement. The curriculum is broad and balanced, and the projects undertaken by the pupils are highly engaging and develop their basic skills effectively. Children in the early years make outstanding progress as a result of strong leadership and teaching. Children develop positive attitudes to learning that prepare them well for Year 1. Staff ensure that pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities access the full range of subjects. All pupils play and learn happily alongside one another. Pupils take immense pride in their school and enjoy their learning. They are polite, friendly and respectful. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. The arrangements for safeguarding pupils are effective. Staff and governors are continually mindful of pupils’ welfare. Pupils’ handwriting and the presentation of their work are consistently good, particularly in their project work. Teaching assistants ensure that the pupils they work with learn well and make good progress. The school’s work to support pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is highly effective. Pupils learn about different religions and cultures. This prepares them well for life in modern Britain. Sometimes pupils, particularly the most able, are not given hard enough work and therefore their progress is not as rapid as it could be. Good teaching ensures that pupils are making strong progress in writing and mathematics. However, pupils’ achievement in reading is not as strong at key stage 2 as it is at key stage 1. Disadvantaged pupils are making good progress. However, there is still a difference between the progress that they make compared with that of non-disadvantaged pupils nationally.