Lord Deramore’s Primary School

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About Lord Deramore’s Primary School

Name Lord Deramore’s Primary School
Website http://www.lordderamores.com
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr James Rourke
Address School Lane, Heslington, York, YO10 5EE
Phone Number 01904553890
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary controlled school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 216
Local Authority York
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Lord Deramore's Primary School continues to be a good school. There is enough evidence of improved performance to suggest that the school could be judged outstanding if we were to carry out a graded (section 5) inspection now. The school's next inspection will be a graded inspection.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils at Lord Deramore's receive an outstanding education. They are immersed in an exciting and rigorous curriculum. Leaders provide a broad range of experiences to help pupils remember the curriculum and to develop wider skills.

This holistic approach helps pupils to mature into articulate, caring young people who are well prepared for life in modern Britain. Wi...th over 20 different languages spoken, the school is a wonderfully multicultural community. Pupils value their diverse community, which they see as a real strength of the school.

They celebrate people from all different backgrounds. All pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), are challenged and supported to achieve highly.

Pupils feel safe and valued.

They know staff care about them. Parents are extremely positive about the school. Leaders and staff have high expectations of the pupils and themselves.

Behaviour is excellent in lessons. Pupils are highly engaged in learning. At social times, pupils play well together.

Bullying almost never happens. When incidents of poor behaviour occur, staff are highly effective in resolving it quickly.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Curriculum planning is thoughtfully developed so that classroom-based learning is reinforced through a range of extra-curricular experiences.

These include educational visits that are closely tied to what pupils learn in lessons. Pupils benefit from this approach. It allows every pupil to be fully immersed in learning each stage of the curriculum.

Teachers and teaching assistants have expert subject knowledge. They communicate their knowledge clearly and precisely to pupils. Teachers model tasks carefully.

They provide useful examples which help pupils understand what to do, and how to do it. Pupils remember their learning well and are confident in explaining their ideas.The support for pupils with SEND, including some pupils who have a high level of need, is exceptional.

Staff are extremely well trained. They are ambitious for pupils with SEND. They make adaptations to the curriculum where necessary, while still ensuring all pupils aim high and achieve well.

In the early years, children are cared for extremely well. Leaders' planning is thorough. It ensures children are well prepared for the subjects they will study in Year 1.

Staff know each child very well. Staff are highly trained. They expertly combine broader curriculum learning with children's individual needs and interests.

This means that activities match children's needs precisely.

Children learn to read quickly. Those children needing further support are given the right help at the right time.

Books precisely match the sounds that children know. This helps children to read successfully, and develop confidence and skills. The provision for early reading is a strength of the school.

The curriculum for pupils' personal, social and health education is exceptional. All pupils learn a series of musical instruments during their time at school. They also participate in an exciting range of opportunities that expose them to new skills and experiences.

For example, as part of learning the curriculum, pupils visit London. They build on their geographical knowledge by learning more about the River Thames, as well as exploring the capital city. Pupils learn about British values, including democracy.

They have a strong and embedded sense of fairness and of individual responsibility. There is a wide range of extra-curricular clubs available to help pupils explore their interests and develop new hobbies.

Governors are highly committed to the school.

They bring a wealth of relevant experience to their role. This enables them to support and challenge school leaders rigorously. Leaders are supportive of staff and have high expectations for what they can achieve together.

They are highly effective at implementing school improvement planning to advance the school even further. Staff morale is very high. The staff are rightly proud to work at Lord Deramore's Primary School.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Pupils feel safe in school. They have a trusted adult to talk to if they need help.

Staff are highly vigilant. They report any concerns they have to leaders. Leaders react quickly.

They involve other agencies, such as local authority children's services, when they need to. Leaders keep detailed logs of actions taken. Staff are extremely effective in monitoring and supporting pupils who experience hardship or trauma.

Pupils are part of a strong, supportive community in which everyone is valued.

Checks are carried out to ensure that staff and visitors are appropriately vetted and safe to work with children.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the second ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in September 2012.

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