Alexandra Junior School

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About Alexandra Junior School

Name Alexandra Junior School
Ofsted Inspections
Executive Headteacher Dr Ralf Muller
Address Meir Road, Normacot, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 7JG
Phone Number 01782235377
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 209
Local Authority Stoke-on-Trent
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils feel safe and enjoy coming to school. They value the care and support they get from staff. As one pupil said, 'At Alexandra Junior School we are a team.

We help each other, and we work together as one.'

Supported by the multi-academy trust and governors, leaders have introduced a wave of changes across the school. These have led to improvements in the quality of education and the all-round provision for pupils.

However, leaders are not complacent. They are already planning ways to improve the school further.

Leaders have high expectations of staff and pupils.

Staff and pupils do not disappoint. They rise to these expectations.
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Pupils appreciate the variety of activities that are available at lunchtime. They play games cooperatively and enjoy chatting with their friends. Pupils say the '3Bs' (Be ready, Be respectful, Be safe) help them to behave positively.

Bullying is rare. Pupils are adamant that staff take bullying seriously and deal with issues quickly.

Overall, parents are positive about the school.

They comment that it feels like 'a family'. They add that staff go 'above and beyond' to help and support their children.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

In a wide range of subjects, the curriculum clearly maps out the knowledge, skills and vocabulary that pupils will learn across year groups.

This supports teachers to plan purposeful learning opportunities that build on what pupils already know. As a result, pupils achieve well. Due to the high number of pupils who speak English as an additional language (EAL), the development of vocabulary is the hallmark of the school's curriculum.

In subjects such as mathematics, leaders have made checks on their subject area. This helps them to identify what is working well and what needs to be developed further. Some subject leaders have arranged training for staff to support the delivery of the curriculum.

In some subjects, the curriculum is relatively new, and some subject leaders are new to their role. In these subjects, leaders have not had the opportunity to make checks on their subject in sufficient depth.

Reading underpins the whole curriculum.

Leaders have put systems in place to identify pupils at the early stages of reading. This includes identifying gaps in pupils' phonic knowledge. There is a layered approach to the teaching of reading.

This includes whole-class teaching, teaching to smaller groups of pupils and individual support where required. Staff teach phonics well due to effective training. Teachers promote a love of reading through the English curriculum, daily reading sessions and story times.

This helps pupils to develop a love of reading.Leaders identify the needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) accurately. Leaders ensure that EAL is not mistaken for SEND.

Wherever possible, pupils with SEND follow the same curriculum as their peers. Teachers consider the needs of pupils with SEND when they plan learning activities. Staff are always at hand to step in if a pupil needs help.

Pupils enjoy fundraising for local, national and international charities. The Alexandra Promise ensures that pupils complete a range of experiences during their time in school. These include the opportunity to climb a tree, visit a castle and watch a sunrise.

Pupils know about the different types of relationships and families that exist in their local community. They enjoy going on trips, such as the recent visit to the local mosque. They appreciate the range of after-school clubs, such as boxing and art and craft, but they would like more.

Leaders and staff know families well and work closely with them to promote pupils' attendance. Leaders have introduced a series of rewards and there are a range of systems in place to follow up and reduce absence. However, despite all of this, attendance remains stubbornly low for some pupils.

Teachers and support staff feel valued and supported by leaders. Staff value the training they have received, such as in phonics and mastery in mathematics. Teachers say that leaders have an open-door policy, are always ready to listen and are considerate of their well-being.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have made sure that safeguarding is everyone's business. Leaders and staff do all they can to make sure that pupils are safe.

The members of the safeguarding team are knowledgeable and carry out their roles efficiently. Leaders organise regular training for all staff. As a result, staff know what to do if they have a concern about a pupil's welfare.

The curriculum teaches pupils how to stay safe in school and beyond the school gate. Pupils say they feel safe because the site is secure and they trust the staff to look after them. Pupils have a solid understanding of online safety.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Some subject leaders are relatively new to their role. As a result, they have not had the opportunity to make comprehensive checks on their curriculum area to discover what is working well and what may need to improve. Leaders should provide these subject leaders with time and ongoing support so they can develop their curriculum areas effectively.

Despite leaders' best efforts, too many pupils are absent or persistently absent from school. This has a negative impact on their progress through the curriculum. Leaders should continue to look at different ways to improve pupils' attendance that build on the work they have already undertaken.

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