Victoria Dock Primary School

Name Victoria Dock Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 February 2013
Address South Bridge Road, Victoria Dock, Hull, HU9 1TL
Phone Number 01482598200
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 347 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.1
Local Authority Kingston upon Hull, City of
Percentage Free School Meals 2.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 24.5%
Persisitent Absence 9.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a larger than average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding provided for children in local authority care, those from armed services families, and those known to be eligible for free school meals) is well below average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is above average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational need is well below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which set minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The school holds the Artsmark Gold Award and Investors in People status. The school is a Leadership Development School working in partnership with the National College for School Leadership. There have been significant changes in staffing since the last inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The large majority of teaching is good. As a result, pupils make good progress in writing and outstanding progress in mathematics by the end of Year 6. This represents good achievement from their different starting points. Pupils behave well. They say they are safe and enjoy school. Attendance is above average. Senior leaders regularly check the progress pupils are making. They identify those who need additional support quickly, provide extra help and so these pupils do not fall behind. The curriculum provides a wealth of exciting opportunities that broaden pupils’ experiences. The school provides well for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and as a result pupils are pleasant and polite individuals who get on well together. Leaders, managers and governors have developed a strong sense of purpose amongst all staff to drive the school forward. This contributes well to ensuring good teaching and achievement. As a result pupils are well-prepared for the next stage of their education. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In Key Stage 2, pupils’ progress in reading is not as strong as in writing and mathematics. A small amount of teaching requires improvement. In some lessons the most-able pupils are not always challenged sufficiently so that they achieve as well as they should. Occasionally, pupils do not have enough time to work on their own. Sometimes teachers do not question pupils well enough to help them to fully understand their learning. Teachers do not always ensure that pupils respond well enough to the feedback they receive on their work. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage have too few opportunities to learn through outdoor play and this holds back the development of their independence.