Dedworth Green First School
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The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You have a relentless drive, enthusiasm and determination to ensure that every pupil achieves their best at Dedworth Green First School. You are supported well by the assistant headteacher and other senior leaders. Leaders can confidently articulate your aims for the school. Through careful evaluation, you are very aware of the strengths of the school and have an insightful understanding of the identified areas for continued improvement. On return from your maternity leave in the summer term 2018 you wasted no time in addressing the dip in achievement shown in the 2018 national tests for key stage 1. Senior leaders have a strong and accurate understanding of how to increase pupils’ progress. You recognise that there are still some areas in which the school needs to improve. Writing remains an area for improvement in key stage 1. In mathematics, the most-able pupils are not challenged as strongly as they could be. You are aware that the rates of attendance, especially for those pupils who are persistently absent, need to rise. The governing body demonstrates strong leadership and takes a very active role in holding the school’s leaders to account for pupils’ progress. Governors have identified correctly the areas for development. They visit regularly to carry out a wide range of tasks, including evaluating the safeguarding systems and the school’s effectiveness, and meeting subject coordinators on a regular basis to monitor teaching, learning and assessment. Consequently, they are very supportive of the school and offer effective challenge to leaders. Governors are extremely confident and highly supportive of your leadership style. You are supported well by the multiacademy trust, which provides additional training for staff, including support with teaching, learning and assessment. Parents’ views of the school are very positive; as one parent wrote: ‘My child absolutely loves going to this school. Even in the holidays, he gets excited that it’s time to go back. Teachers are engaging and make the lessons exciting and interactive. Fantastic school and I would recommend to other parents.’ Another parent observed: ‘I couldn’t recommend this school highly enough. Apart from the curriculum which is adhered to the highest standards, the entire school has an overall above and beyond attitude. This in my opinion has flourished under the leadership of headteacher Louise Brown.’ Dedworth Green First School is a very happy place, where pupils enjoy coming to school. Pupils learn in a vibrant, calm and highly supportive environment. One pupil said: ‘I love the friendships that we make here.’ Pupils told me that they can always find an adult to talk to if they are worried about something. Pupils play well together and are supportive of each other. During my classroom visits, pupils were engaged and clearly enjoying the learning activities. It was very evident that pupils are enthusiastic about learning, and are encouraged and keen to do well. One child said: ‘You get to do lots of fun stuff like writing sea creature poems.’ The vibrant displays in the corridors and classrooms enhance the learning environment and celebrate pupils’ achievements. You have addressed the areas for improvement identified at the last inspection. Senior leaders have clear roles and responsibilities and are now taking an effective strategic role in improving both teaching and the outcomes for pupils across the school. You are ambitious for pupils to achieve at a high standard across all subjects. Safeguarding is effective. There is a strong culture of safeguarding at Dedworth Green First School. The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose and records are detailed and of high quality. You provide ongoing training for staff and governors so that everyone knows what to do if they have a concern about a pupil. Governors are knowledgeable about safeguarding and ensure that this aspect of the school’s work is given high priority and meets current requirements. The school site is secure and safe. You successfully involve outside agencies to provide further support for pupils and their families. The leadership team ensures that pupils learn in a safe and caring environment. Pupils know how to keep themselves safe in the building and are well supported by the adults around them. Pupils are aware of potential dangers when using the internet. They said that if they ever viewed anything on the internet at school that made them feel unsafe, they would tell an adult. Parents also agree that their children are safe at school.

Dedworth Green First School Catchment Area Map

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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

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  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

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