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West Denton Primary School

‘A Stepping Stone into the Future’

Ofsted and Performance Data

Consultation on a proposal for the Outer West Learning Trust to establish a new Multi-Academy Trust and convert to academy status

Rated Outstanding For Leadership


Overall we have been graded as a ‘Good’ school with previous inspection judgements being validated (Overall 'Good' and 'Outstanding' for Leadership and Management - December 2013).

WDPS Ofsted Inspection – March 2018


Easter term 2018 ended with Ofsted Inspectors visiting the WDPS community on the 13th March 2018. 

The report reflects what is special about the WDPS community:


The senior leadership team, well-supported by middle leaders in each phase of the school, is ambitious and committed to improving the quality of education. Determined and effective leadership has ensured that the school has adapted well to the higher expectations of the national curriculum.


Teaching is well planned and adapted to meet the differing needs of pupils. Teachers have a good understanding of the standards expected of pupils and most plan and deliver challenging lessons that move pupils forward.


The school provides a rich and varied curriculum that makes a positive contribution to pupils’ academic and personal development.


Parents were keen to praise the wide variety of experiences provided beyond the school site such as residential trips, long-distance cycling events and Bushcraft sessions which they describe as motivational and character-building.


The governing body provides effective oversight of the school and their knowledge and experience ensure they are well placed to support and challenge effectively.


The school tracks the attainment of pupils carefully and provides well-targeted additional help for those who need it.


In recent years pupils have made increasingly good progress in each phase of the school.


Children make an increasingly good start in the early years. Outcomes in the Year 1 national phonics test have risen over recent years to be above national average. Last year pupils made significantly more progress than seen nationally in Reading and Mathematics across Key Stage 2. Their progress in Writing was also stronger than seen nationally.


Pupil premium is being used wisely.


Everyone feels behaviour in the school is good.


The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. Members of staff know what to do if they have any concerns about a child’s welfare or safety.


Verbally, Her Majesty’s Inspector commented on the strong support provided by Teaching Assistants and other WDPS school staff.

So congratulations and thank you all for your positive and much-appreciated support for the WDPS community.