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Primary school making "Good" progress according to Ofsted

A Wolverhampton primary school prepares its pupils well for life at secondary school, according to Ofsted which has rated it "Good".

D’Eyncourt Primary School making “Good” progress
D'Eyncourt Primary School making "Good" progress

Inspector Bogusia Matusiak-Varley visited D'Eyncourt Primary School towards the end of the summer term, and found that the Wednesfield school has maintained the good quality of education it provides.

In her report published this month, she said that acting headteacher Danielle Darby had demonstrated a "resolve to step up the momentum of school improvement", seeking advice from a national leader of education and a neighbouring outstanding school, while the City of Wolverhampton Council has supported staff to develop their knowledge and skills.

This has had a positive impact on this year's test results, with the proportion of pupils attaining age related expectations in reading, writing and mathematics improving year on year, especially in reading in both Key Stages and mathematics in Key Stage 1.

Mrs Darby has ensured that governors are well informed of her vision for the school and know about the school's strengths and areas for development, and also improved communication with governors, parents and staff.

Ofsted said the staff and governors at D'Eyncourt Primary had created "an ambitious culture where children are valued for their uniqueness and work hard to achieve well", are ambitious for the pupils to develop the skills and abilities that they need for their life in modern Britain and ensure that pupils are "well prepared to go to secondary school".

Parents are "particularly pleased with their children's good progress", saying they "eagerly talk about learning when they come home". The pupils themselves show they love coming to school through good attendance and punctuality.

Mrs Darby said: "At D'Eyncourt we are delighted that our hard work and dedication has been recognised by Ofsted.

"Our new leadership team, along with all members of staff and governors, have high expectations of all pupils and we will continue to strive for excellence.

"This positive report will support us with our journey to becoming an 'Outstanding' school, and I would like to thank all members of the D'Eyncourt team for their tireless efforts to ensure D'Eyncourt children achieve the best."

Councillor Claire Darke, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "I would like to congratulate the leadership team, teachers, support staff, governors, pupils and parents on this positive report.

"It shows that good progress is being made by D'Eyncourt Primary School, which is being reflected in improved outcomes for children."

The visit was the first short inspection carried out since the school was judged to be good in July 2013.

A total of 89% of schools in Wolverhampton are now rated either "Good" or "Outstanding" by Ofsted.

  • released: Thursday 21 September, 2017