|Name||Manor Park Church of England First School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||11 March 2015|
|Address||Mellstock Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2BH|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Percentage Free School Meals||12.9%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||11.7%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
This first school, which caters for pupils aged 4–9, is larger than the average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils attending the school are of White British heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils or those who have special educational needs is broadly average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after) is below average. Across the different year groups, a large proportion of disadvantaged pupils also have special educational needs. Early years children attend the school’s three Reception classes on a full-time basis. Pre-school, breakfast and privately run after-school clubs are based on the school’s site. As they are not managed by the school, they are not included in this inspection.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. The headteacher provides the school with strong direction that is steering the school successfully through a significant period of change. By developing an effective team approach to leadership and management, the headteacher is managing staffing carefully to sustain pupils’ improving progress throughout the school. Governors and senior staff fully share the headteacher’s high aspirations for continued improvement and support the headteacher effectively in improving the quality of teaching. All staff strongly promote the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. They do their utmost to secure the school’s vision to ‘provide a happy, safe and nurturing environment enabling everyone to learn and grow’. Pupils behave well and enjoy excellent relationships with adults and with each other. The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is good, and is particularly appreciated by parents during the comprehensive school re-building programme. Parents also work very supportively with staff and welcome the way they are kept fully informed about the work of the school. Teaching is typically good across the school. Occasionally it is outstanding. The mostly above-average standards that pupils attain by the end of Year 2 and the higher-than-expected levels of attainment reached at the end of Year 4 reflect good achievement. Early years provision for children in the Reception classes is good. As a result, children enjoy school and make good progress. Many excel in their personal development because of the high quality care they receive. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The levels of challenge presented to pupils in some classes do not always match those high levels seen elsewhere in the school and in the best teaching. As a result, some pupils do not make the rapid progress of which they are capable. Teachers do not always ensure that pupils demonstrate their increased understanding when responding to marking. This sometimes delays or limits the progress pupils make. Pupils’ skills in handwriting are not developed strongly enough as they move through the school. At times, this reduces pupils’ confidence and masks the otherwise good quality of their expressive writing.