We wish to inform you that the Ofsted Report from our two-day inspection in December is now available on the academy website and on the Ofsted site.

We are particularly pleased that Ofsted recognised the journey of improvements made at the academy in the last 18 months. The acknowledgement of a strong community spirit, where children flourish personally and socially together with the recognition that Dormanstown is a friendly, happy school community is to be celebrated. Across the two day inspection, the team reported that the quality of teaching, the provision of stimulating lessons with many enjoyable experiences motivated children to be fully engaged in their learning tasks. It was also noted that almost all children behaved exceptionally well as a result of the high expectations in place.

The report itself highlights the many elements of good provision at Dormanstown Primary as well as the next steps needed to take the school forward from the requires improvement judgement for overall effectiveness. Ofsted recognised that with a new leadership team in place, further time is needed to ensure we continue the improvement journey in order to see a positive impact on the quality of education for all our children and therefore improvements in academic standards. The Ofsted framework within which this inspection was carried out, was introduced in September 2019 and has a significantly stronger focus on the curriculum offer. We recognise that there are still improvements to be made, particularly in relation to the leadership of the curriculum subjects and although there is work still to do, we are well on our way in ensuring strong outcomes for all our children and in becoming a great school. Ofsted will revisit within a 30 month window to ensure that Dormanstown has made the improvements to be awarded a judgement of at least good for overall effectiveness. 

We wish to thank all our Dormanstown children, whose thirst for learning and sheer enthusiasm throughout the school day, make the academy a wonderful place to be and learn. We would also like to thank parents for the help and support in all we have been aiming to achieve. The report is a reflection of all of the hard work that staff, pupils, parents and the Trust, have put in to make Dormanstown Primary the vibrant learning community it currently is. We are very much looking forward to the next steps on our journey together.

Ofsted Report Dormanstown Primary Academy 10-11 December 2019
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