DENEHOLM Primary was described as “Outstanding” for the school’s approach to “personal development, behaviour and welfare” by government inspector’s Ofsted.
The high praise was part of a report that graded the Blackshots school, “Good”.
The school has been transformed under the management of headteacher, Cristina Pumphrey.
1. Leaders, including governors, have high expectations of pupils and staff. They lead by example and are ambitious for all pupils to succeed.
2. Leaders have accurately identified areas for improvement. Their actions have secured rapid changes that have raised standards across the school.
3. Pupils are keen to do well and respond to teachers with enthusiasm across a range of subjects.
4. Teaching, learning and assessment are good. This is because teachers’ subject knowledge is strong and teaching meets the needs of all groups of pupils.
5. Children in early years receive high-quality provision and subsequently make good progress. This prepares them well for Year 1.
6. School leaders use additional funding to support disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities effectively. As a result, these groups of pupils do well in school and make good progress.
7. Pupils enjoy coming to school. They are respectful of each other and have excellent relationships.
There were development needs highlighted as well.
1. Some most-able pupils do not attain as well as they should. This is because opportunities to provide challenge, and to extend and deepen their learning, are not consistent across the whole school. This is particularly the case in writing.
2. Some subject leaders’ scrutiny of pupils’ progress is not sharp enough to identify areas of teaching that could be better. As a consequence, some teaching does not meet pupils’ needs as well as it could.
YT will be contacting Deneholm Primary for a comment.