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OFSTED Inspection 27th & 28th February 2019

The Dawnay school was inspected by OFSTED in 2019. A copy of their published report is attached to this page.  For your quick reference, we have summarised some key findings detailed in the report.  Overall, whilst we know there is work to be done, we are pleased the OFSTED report recognises that we are on the right track improving our school to ensure better outcomes for our pupils. 

Overall Effectiveness

The Dawnay’s overall effectiveness was judged as "Requires Improvement", because the inspectors identified pupil outcomes, consistency of teaching and the consistency of the quality of leadership require improvement. We are pleased to be rated as "Good" in two areas; Personal Development, Pupil Behaviour and Welfare and Early years provision. 

The school has the following strengths

The OFSTED Inspectors identified strengths that included judging Early Years Provision and Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare as "Good".

  • The report identifies that our school is a safe place for our children. We were pleased that our safeguarding procedures and practice have been recognised as robust. Our pupils also said that they felt safe and well cared for.
  • The Inspectors commented that pupils' behaviour is good, they have excellent manners, and they are welcoming and proud to be part of The Dawnay.
  • The Inspectors also observed that pupils have good opportunities for art, music, PE, visits and activities.
  • The Inspectors highlighted the strengths of our early years provision where children settle well in the "caring and nurturing learning environment", the leadership is strong and there is a stimulating and inviting learning environment both inside and out.
  • Governors know the school well and have worked hard with senior leaders to ensure a clear action plan is in place, focusing on developing teaching and improving pupils’ learning and progress.
  • New leaders have the drive and ambition to get the very best for pupils at The Dawnay. The school is well placed to make rapid improvements.

What the school needs to do to improve further

The OFSTED Inspectors identified three priority areas for improvement. 

  • Improve the effectiveness of leadership and management. The Inspectors noted that the school had experienced a number of leadership changes over the last couple of years. The appointment of an Executive Leader and Head of School in January 2019 has already led to improvements. We now must develop all our leaders to ensure the improvement initiatives continue.

  • Improve teaching so that it is good or better. The Inspectors noted that although there is evidence of good teaching, the improvements seen in some areas must be built upon to deliver consistently high expectations in all classrooms.

  • Improve the attainment and progress of pupils by the end of key stage 2. As we have previously acknowledged, outcomes have not been good enough. However, the Inspectors recognised that overall standards are now improving. The changes made by the new School Leadership Team to support improvements in attainment and progress now need to embed to ensure the improvement continues. 

Ofsted Parent View

Parent View gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about your child’s school, from the quality of teaching to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. The survey can be completed at any time; you don’t have to wait until the school is being inspected.

Ofsted use the information you provide when making decisions about which schools to inspect and when. 

Click 'Give your views' to register and complete a survey to help your child’s school improve.

Click 'Parent View Results' to see the current feedback about how our parents view our school.