Denfield Park Primary School

Name Denfield Park Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Victoria Road, Rushden, NN10 0DA
Phone Number 01933355961
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 436 (48.9% boys 51.1% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.5
Local Authority North Northamptonshire
Percentage Free School Meals 17.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.5%
Persistent Absence 7.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.4%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (05 February 2013)
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Information about this school

Denfield Park is a larger than average-sized primary school. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school has specially resourced provision for pupils with special educational needs. This currently supports 14 pupils with autistic spectrum disorders. Most pupils are White British and a very small number of pupils are from a minority ethnic background. Since the last inspection, the school has changed from a junior school to a primary school with a nursery unit. This has resulted in a higher staff turnover than usual. A below average proportion of the pupils qualify for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in local authority care, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, or those who have a parent in the armed forces. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school does not offer any alternative provision for its pupils.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. From starting points that are often below those expected for their ages, especially in their communication skills, pupils make good progress and achieve well. They make particularly marked progress in mathematics because this subject has been a recent focus for improvement. Progress in reading is good and standards close to those expected. This is partly the result of the new system for teaching pupils how to link sounds and letters. Pupils’ behaviour and safety are outstanding. Excellent attitudes towards learning are evident in all lessons. Teaching is good. Recent training in teaching reading and mathematics has improved teachers’ knowledge and skills in these areas. A major strength is the way pupils with disabilities or who have special educational needs are included in day-to-day lessons. Leadership and management are good. The headteacher, well supported by her leadership team and the strong governing body, has led the school through its recent changes outstandingly well. Throughout she has ensured all have kept a strong focus on raising standards. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Standards in writing are improving but not at the same rate as those in reading and mathematics especially among the youngest children. Many of the subject leaders are new and have not developed their roles fully. This is particularly in relation to checking on the quality of teaching and the progress that pupils, especially the more able, are making in their subject.