The Dormston School

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About The Dormston School

Name The Dormston School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Caroline Sutton
Address Mill Bank, Sedgley, Dudley, DY3 1SN
Phone Number 01384816395
Phase Secondary
Type Community school
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1150
Local Authority Dudley
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

The school is a harmonious and cohesive community. Leaders and teachers share common values of effort, knowledge, respect, responsibility and resilience with pupils. They work together to ensure that pupils achieve their best.

Pupils value the education they receive. They would recommend their school to others. Staff support pupils well to progress to the next stage of their education or training.

The school is a calm place to learn. Pupils move around the school site in a purposeful way. Classrooms are places where pupils concentrate and try hard.

Teachers have strong subject knowledge. They know how best to share their expertise with pupils. Pupils listen, hard and enjoy contributing to lessons.

Teachers expect pupils to behave well. They rise to this challenge. Teachers manage pupils' behaviour quietly and efficiently.

There is mutual respect. Bullying is uncommon. Pupils report that when it does happen, staff resolve it without delay.

Pupils trust that their teachers want the best for them.

The experienced headteacher and senior leaders have ambitious aims for all pupils. They understand the school's strengths and weaknesses and know what they need to do to improve the school further.

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

The school's ambitious and broad curriculum offers a wide range of subjects for all pupils in all key stages. However, currently too few pupils choose a modern foreign language GCSE. Leaders are aware of this and are reviewing the language options to help make this a more popular course.

Subject leaders work well together. The school's curriculum is well planned and ordered. Pupils develop their understanding over time.

Teachers check pupils' prior knowledge in lessons. Teachers have high expectations about how pupils should present their work. However, teachers do not always use assessment information well enough.

In some subjects, they are not always alert to gaps in pupils' knowledge and skills. This is because assessments often focus too much on the awarding of grades. This means that pupils do not always know exactly what they need to do to improve.

Leaders have made reading a high priority. Pupils read regularly across the curriculum. Teachers also frequently read to pupils in lessons.

Leaders encourage reading for pleasure and pupils value this. Teachers check pupils' ability to read and provide the required support. Pupils who join the school not being able to read well receive specialist teaching and this helps them to improve.

The ambitious and inclusive curriculum means that many pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) achieve well. They follow the same broad curriculum as their peers. However, leaders do not always identify the specific strategies that are required to support these pupils with their learning.

Therefore, not all teachers routinely adapt what they do precisely enough. As a result, some pupils with SEND do not make as much progress as they should.

Pupils enjoy a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities.

There are lots of different clubs and societies. The annual school musical theatre production is a high-profile event. Many pupils get involved in this.

There are also plenty of additional sporting, music and artistic opportunities. House competitions take place throughout the year. Although some of these activities have been restricted due to the pandemic, leaders have ambitious plans to expand what they offer.

Leaders have carefully planned a programme to promote pupils' personal development. Pupils relish taking on leadership roles as they get older. They receive extensive information about the world of work.

This helps them to progress to further education and apprenticeships when they leave the school. All pupils in Year 10 do work experience. This helps to prepare them for the world of work.

Leaders plan a relevant and diverse curriculum for personal, social and health education. Pupils value these sessions. They learn about issues that are particularly pertinent to their community.

Pupils' differences are celebrated. Leaders have introduced the 'Diversity in Dormston' programme to promote this. This makes the school an inclusive environment.

Pupils develop as individuals. They learn how they can contribute to society and become active citizens. For instance, pupils recently contributed to the 'Big Sedgley Clean Up' in the local community.

The school is very well led. Governors are knowledgeable about the school. They challenge school leaders effectively to continue to improve the school.

Governors and school leaders have an accurate picture of what is being done well. They also know what needs to improve further. The headteacher and other school leaders work well together.

Staff respect leaders and say they enjoy working at the school and their workload is considered.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Staff are vigilant, knowledgeable and systematic in their approach to keeping everyone safe.

Leaders plan regular training for all staff. Any problems are swiftly spotted and responded to. Staff share the belief that there is a collective responsibility to keep pupils safe.

Leaders work proactively with families to ensure that they receive the support they need.

Safeguarding leaders work closely with external agencies and community groups. They are alert to local safeguarding concerns.

Particularly vulnerable pupils are supported well.

Pupils learn how to look after their own safety, as well as their physical and mental well-being.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Teachers' use of assessment focuses too narrowly on summative grades.

It does not identify sufficiently precisely gaps in pupils' knowledge and skills. As a result, pupils are not helped swiftly enough to fill these gaps. Leaders should ensure that assessment is used to identify what pupils can and cannot do, so that they can support them to know more and remember more.

• Leaders do not routinely provide teachers with precise enough information about how to adapt their teaching for pupils with SEND. This means that these pupils do not always receive the support they need or have gaps in their learning. Leaders should ensure that all teachers have sufficiently precise information in order to meet the specific needs of pupils with SEND.

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