Academic Quality & Results

At Duncombe we believe the best education is a well-rounded one and encourage every child to realise their full potential.

At Duncombe, we believe the best education is a well-rounded one and encourage every child to realise their full potential.  We are non-selective, and have ranked as ‘outstanding’ across seven areas in the 2014 School Inspection Report and consistently achieve excellent results in all Key Stages.


Reception Early Years Foundation Stage Profile

100%

of pupils obtained expected or exceeding level in literature Learning Goals

Local authority average 74.5%

100%

of pupils obtained expected or exceeding level in Maths Learning Goals

Local authority average 79.8%

Our Treetops Early Years Foundation Stage setting and Reception, provide a stimulating environment that cultivates children’s independence.  Our qualified Early Years teachers provide children with time and space to explore the processes children enjoy.  In Kindergarten, children learn to identify the sounds that letters make through fun activities in preparation for Jolly Phonics which starts in Nursery.

Numicon (an award-winning multi-sensory approach to teaching maths) and cursive handwriting writing form part of the Nursery experience, allied to French and Spanish to ensure pupils are ready for Reception. Our Early Years results are consistently higher than the national and Hertfordshire average demonstrating the firm foundation that is established.


Key Stage One Outcomes

57%

of pupils achieving above average scores in English

National average for exceeding above expected average 23%

79%

of pupils achieving above average scores in Maths

National average for exceeding above expected average 23%

For children in Key Stage 1, the years in which they turn six and seven; the class teacher plays a significant role in delivering the core subjects, with specialist teachers providing lessons in Languages, Music, Art and PE.


Key Stage Two Outcomes

59%

of pupils achieving above average scores in English

National average for exceeding above expected average 23%

43%

of pupils achieving above average scores in Maths

National average for exceeding above expected average 23%

In Key Stage 2 children progress towards 11+ entry and receive further specific specialist teaching. The class teachers have overall responsibility for the academic and personal development of each child in the class and are normally the first point of contact for parents.