Life at Chaddesden Park Primary School Life at Chaddesden Park Primary School Life at Chaddesden Park Primary School


Chaddesden Park Infant school and Chaddesden Park Junior School were separate buildings with different Headteachers but which shared the same site. In previous OFSTED inspections Chaddesden Park Infant school (Oct 2010) was graded as Good and Chaddesden Park Junior School was placed in Special Measures (Nov 2011). Since the two schools amalgamated in September 2012, Chaddesden Park Primary has made great progress and is now significantly improved. The pupils now make very good progress, behave well and love being at school.

The key points in the Ofsted report;

The Headteacher and her team provide strong leadership. They have worked vigorously to improve teaching, learning and systems to check pupils’ progress since the last inspection. Because they are now well taught, current pupils learn well, make good progress from their starting points and reach the standards expected for their age.

Pupils learn in a supportive environment where their teachers know them well. As a result, the pupils have positive attitudes to learning and work well together. Pupils enjoy school life and they behave well. Their conduct around school is good. Pupils of all ages get on well together. Parents’ views reflected this positive picture that behaviour is consistently good at the school.

Pupils work hard and take pride in their work. They take great care to ensure their work is always neat and well presented.

The provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development is good. They are well prepared for life in modern Britain and their next stage of education.

Children in the Early Years benefit from good quality provision and they are well prepared for      Year 1. Children learn in a stimulating environment both inside and outdoors. Staff take excellent care of the children and ensure their safety and well-being through close supervision at all times.

The Governing body supports the school well and has a good awareness of its strengths and weaknesses. It is rigorous in holding the school to account for pupils’ progress and ensuring that it continues to improve.

Teachers know the pupils well and have very positive school relationships with them. They have high expectations of their classes and are committed to raising pupils’ aspirations and self-confidence so that they believe they can do well. Across the school, the teachers insist on high standards of handwriting and presentation in all subjects. As a result, pupils take a pride in their work, and their books are beautifully presented, with neat handwriting and calculations.

Pupils are very proud of their school.They talk enthusiastically about their lessons and other aspects of school life. They trust their teachers and know that if they have any worries or want help with their work they can always talk to them. As one pupil put it: “the teachers never give up on you“.

What does the school need to do to become outstanding

Ensure the high quality teaching of mathematics enables pupils to develop and apply their reasoning and problem solving skills

Ensure the level of challenge is well judged and stretches the more able pupils.

Ensure marking and feedback across all subjects is of the same high quality as that in English and Mathematics.