Latest Ofsted Report
Governors and staff are very pleased with the outcome at this half-way point of the school’s rapid expansion. The inspection team recognised the complex characteristics of our school and why the published data can never accurately explain our children’s attainment and progress. Some real strengths have been acknowledged which affirms the priority we give to these.
The inspection framework is different and less flexible than three years ago, making it more difficult for schools such as ours to gain “outstanding.” This is because it takes little account of children’s different starting points, especially the fact that we have children on roll speaking forty six languages, with the majority arriving speaking little or no English. This means that although Ofsted has confirmed our children make at least good and often outstanding progress across all ages and groups, this no longer fulfils the criteria for an “outstanding” judgement. Comparisons have to be made to national attainment and for our school this is significantly affected by the numbers who have English as an additional language as well as the significant high pupil turnover (22% in two terms this academic year), mainly due to families returning home overseas and the fact that Nottingham City still have large numbers of children without school places who continue to be admitted to our school.
The school is exactly where we expected it to be at this stage of the rapid expansion and observations included 71% of teachers new to the school during the last two years. I know from your positive questionnaire and verbal responses that you share our belief that children receive a high quality education and are at the centre of everything we do. We are encouraged by the positive comments in the report and this places the school in a very strong position moving forward with a new leadership team who Ofsted have affirmed have the capacity to take the school on its next journey of success, as the expansion is completed in three years’ time.
Dr Andrew Bennett, Chair of Governors said: “Governors are pleased with the inspection report which highlights many of the strengths we have at Dunkirk. The school will always strive to be outstanding, but at this stage in our rapid expansion, a rating of good is in itself a fantastic achievement that reflects the hard work and dedication of all our staff. We would also particularly like to thank all our children and their families for the support they give to the school and the wonderful impression they have clearly made upon the inspection team.”
Dunkirk Primary prides itself on its award-winning education, and has received three consecutive outstanding Ofsted reports.In its 2012 Ofsted Report the school obtained unanimous 'outstanding' in each of the report's marking categories. In its 2008 Ofsted Report, the school obtained almost unanimous 'outstanding' marks in each of the report's marking categories.
"This is an outstanding school. Pupils receive a high standard of education within an exceptionally caring community that fully promotes social and racial harmony. Staff, Governors and all those who work and support the school provide excellent role models for pupils. Many parents wrote in praise of the school for the way it supports their children both academically and personally"
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Eco Silver Award
Dunkirk Primary has been awarded an Eco Schools Silver award. The Silver award focuses on strengthening pupil leadership and whole school involvement while the school starts to work on one of the Eco-Schools topics in depth.
Working towards this award included setting up an Eco-Committee (ECO Club) consisting of pupils and adults, which share the responsibility of running the committee. The committee completed an environmental review, and set in motion an action plan through which the school and the pupils planned ways in which the environmental footprint of the school could be reduced, while raising an awareness amongst pupils of environmental issues. Click here to find out more about the award. The school is currently working towards the Eco-Schools Green Award.
International School Award
The International School Award is an accreditation scheme for curriculum-based international work in schools, and Dunkirk Primary has gained the award four times consecutively. Through close links with partner schools and projects in Pakistan, as well as curriculum-based work across a wide range of subjects, Dunkirk Primary has embedded an international ethos and global dimensions throughout the school. Visit the ISA website to find out more about the scheme.
School of Creativity
As one of only 55 schools to have been granted the Schools of Creativity Award, Dunkirk Primary has developed an innovative creative programme to help stimulate and educate their pupils. Dunkirk Primary works with other schools showcasing it's outstanding practice in creative teaching and learning, and providing outreach support to other schools in the local, national and international community. Find out more about the Schools of Creativity programme here.
By getting involved in a Nottingham City Project, Dunkirk Primary has won the WISE Award. The school completed the WISE programme, which focuses on the 4 r's: reduce, reuse, repair and recycle. The school has developed a waste and recycling action plan, and has developed a battery recycling scheme in the school, as well as promoting recycling in the community. Find out more.
Sport is an essential part of a child's physical and social development, and through a committed programme of provisions which promote the benefits of physical activity Dunkirk Primary has been awarded the Activemark Award by the Sport England Active School. The Active School programme is the foundation and critical element in Sport England's commitment to involving more people in sport.
Healthy School Award
Dunkirk Primary has taken active steps to support the health and wellbeing of its pupils, and has received the Healthy Schools Award in recognition of this work. A healthy and balanced diet can make a huge difference to the development of a child, and through a plan which emphasises a healthy diet, as well as an awareness of healthy eating Dunkirk Primary continues to ensure their pupils are at their best!
Artsmark Silver Award
Artsmark is the national programme that enables schools to evaluate, celebrate and strengthen a quality arts offer. Dunkirk Primary has been awarded the Artsmark Silver award through ensuring that every child has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts, by delivering rich and high quality arts provisions.
The school has also been awarded an Investors in People award, a Financial Management Standards in Schools (FMSiS) award, a National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) award and has been identified as a Leadership Development School.
The school is also a Mentoring & Befriending Foundation (M&B) approved provider, which means we aim to increase the effectiveness and quality of mentoring and befriending as methods of enabling individuals to transform their lives and/or reach their full potential.