Ofsted visited De Lacy in January 2020, we were rated as ‘Requires Improvement' with a rating of 'Good' in the following areas:

  • Behaviour and Attitudes
  • Personal Development
  • Leadership and Management
  • Early Years Provision
  • In 2019, leaders' actions resulted in a sharp increase in the proportion of pupils reaching the expected standards by the end of key stage 2, particularly in writing and mathematics.
  • New leaders have prioritised reading. They have introduced a reading strategy which makes sure that pupils read a variety of texts at different points throughout the school day. Pupils are showing more interest in reading. They say they enjoy the books that teachers read to them.
  • Children in the early years enter the classrooms happily each morning. Staff have built very positive relationships with children and have established important routines which support children's learning and development.
  • The nurture room and sensory room provide pupils with safe places where they can learn to manage their emotions effectively.
  • Pupils are taught how to keep themselves safe. For example, pupils learn about how to be safe when crossing the road and when they use the internet.
  • Pupils enjoy the range of experiences staff provide. Recent examples include a visit to Eden Camp and children in the early years learning about Chinese New Year.
  • Pupils understand the behaviour system and feel it is applied fairly. They say the school now feels calm and safe because behaviour has improved.