The Deanery Church of England Primary School

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The Deanery Church of England Primary School


Name The Deanery Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 12 June 2013
Address Fox Hollies Road, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B76 2RD
Phone Number 01213516441
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 468 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.7
Academy Sponsor Deanery Church Of England Primary School
Local Authority Birmingham
Percentage Free School Meals 2.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.6%
Persisitent Absence 3%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The Deanery Church of England Primary School is larger than the average-sized primary school. The school was granted Academy status in August 2011. When its predecessor school, The Deanery Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be outstanding. Most pupils are White British, the remainder coming from a range of other ethnic heritages. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium (additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children of service families) is below average. There are currently no children of service families in the school. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The school is organised into 14 single-year classes and a nursery. The school provides very well-attended pre-school and after school clubs, the ‘Foxes’, which include a number of children of nursery age. The school also provides a summer holiday club and extended care for children during staff training days. There is a Children’s Centre on the school site. The school works very closely with the Centre, although it is mainly funded by the local authority and is subject to a separate inspection. Members of the school management team and governors are involved in assisting and supporting Nethersole CE Primary School at the invitation of the diocese.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils make excellent progress in their learning in all subjects and their achievement is outstanding. Teaching is consistently good in every year group and frequently outstanding. Teachers have high expectations of their pupils, excellent relationships with them, and make their learning challenging and enjoyable. Children are provided with an excellent start to their education and personal development in Reception and Nursery. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to their learning are outstanding. Many exude confidence and develop excellent skills of both independent and cooperative learning. The headteacher’s aspirations for the continued high achievement of pupils are widely shared by an exceptionally competent management team and staff. The management of teaching and learning is outstanding. The school provides a rich range of creative learning experiences for pupils, in and out of school. These contribute strongly to the excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils. There is outstanding support and challenge from a very well-led governing body. Governors have a wide range of skills which are used very effectively. Although the school has improved the buildings, the learning environment, particularly in Key Stage 2, where classrooms are cramped, is not always wholly suited to some of the activities planned for pupils.