Almond Hill Junior School

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About Almond Hill Junior School

Name Almond Hill Junior School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Emma Fordham
Address Almonds Lane, Stevenage, SG1 3RP
Phone Number 01438233660
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 317
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The leaders and governors provide good leadership. They are passionate about their school and ensure that almost all pupils make good progress. Senior leaders and governors monitor teaching and provide effective professional development for staff.

Consequently, teaching is good over time. Teachers promote very good relationships between pupils and all adults. Teachers make sure that pupils receive guidance to help them improve their work.

Pupils' outcomes are good. Most pupils make good progress from their starting points. Attainment at the end of Key Stage 2 is above the national average.

Governors have a deep understanding of t...he school's work. They use this knowledge well to challenge leaders effectively. Pupils' personal development is good.

Pupils behave very well and know how to keep safe. They are happy and enjoy coming to school. As a result attendance has improved and is close to the national average.

The school's curriculum provides pupils with exciting and varied experiences that promote their learning in a broad range of subjects, as well as their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils do well in a variety of sports. They make good use of their writing skills across the range of subjects.

Parents are very supportive of the school and express confidence in the leadership. They are encouraged to take part in all aspects of school life. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The most-able pupils are at times given work that is too easy for them.

When this happens, progress is too slow and they underachieve. The monitoring of pupils' outcomes is not always specific enough. Plans for improvement are sometimes too general and do not give precise enough diagnosis of what pupils need to improve upon.

Information about this school

Almond Hill Junior School is an average-sized school. There are eight classes, with two classes in each year group. Most pupils come from White British backgrounds.

The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium (additional funding for groups such as children looked after by the local authority and pupils eligible for free school meals) is below average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability supported through a statement or an education, health and care plan is below average. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress by the end of year 6.

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