Primary school praised for progress made by pupils

A Nottingham primary school has been praised for the improvements its pupils make in maths and English.

Ofsted inspectors said Dunkirk Primary and Nursery has many children who do not have English as a first language but are able to make good progress in school.

Following an inspection visit in December, the education watchdog highlighted the positive way in which teachers and governors at the school help pupils to overcome barriers.

Awarding a judgment of ‘Good’ to the school, inspectors said: “Leaders have a good knowledge of the needs of all pupils at the school. As a result, pupils overcome the barriers they face and make good progress.”

Dunkirk Primary has 460 pupils and is split over two sites: the Highfields Campus in Dunkirk and the Abbey Campus in Lenton. The primary has seen its numbers increase by at least one full class per year over the last six years.

Inspectors said the leadership team was effective and able to meet the challenges of leading and managing a split-site school.

In particular, the inspectors highlighted:

  • Staff support individual pupils with little English language and encourage them to participate in all activities and so rapidly increase their knowledge of English
  • Pupils’ work in mathematics and writing confirmed they were being challenged and improving over time
  • Boys’ attainment and progress in writing substantially improves
  • The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding systems are thorough and fit for purpose

Inspectors added that pupils at the school, which was previously rated as ‘Good’, all said they felt safe and supported.

Commenting on the report, Dunkirk Head Teacher Heidi Hollis said: “I’m pleased that Ofsted has recognised the conscientious work of staff and governors, alongside the support of our Dunkirk families and community, particularly to help ensure the progress made by our fantastic children. As always, we are continually looking to develop further as a school.

We aim to provide a positive learning environment, which is safe, happy and nurturing so that all our children can learn effectively. Every individual is valued, successes are celebrated and our environment reflects the cultural diversity of our school community.

“We are proud of this unique interaction, over both campuses, which offers all our children the opportunity to understand, appreciate and be part of the diverse society in which we live.”

Cllr Neghat Khan, Portfolio Holder for Education and Skills in Nottingham, said: “Our city has some fantastic schools and I am pleased that Dunkirk Primary continues to be rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted. This is down to hard work from staff, pupils and governors. They should all be so proud of their hard work and dedication.

“The council is working closely with partners from across the city to ensure that every child can go to a school that is rated as ‘Good’ or better.”

The full report can be read on the Ofsted website.

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