Audley Junior School

Name Audley Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 02 July 2013
Address Queen’s Park Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 1SE
Phone Number 01254264294
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 421 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.2
Local Authority Blackburn with Darwen
Percentage Free School Meals 20.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 90.5%
Persisitent Absence 6.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 23.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized junior school. Almost all pupils are Asian or Asian British, with the large majority from Indian and Pakistani backgrounds. For over 90% of the pupils English is not their first language. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is above the national average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above the national average. In this school the pupil premium applies to pupils eligible for free school meals. (The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children that are looked after by the local authority.) The school meets the current government floor standards which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The achievement of pupils in all subjects is good. Pupils enter school with skills well below those expected for their age. By the end of Year 6 they reach standards that are broadly in line with the national average. The quality of teaching is good and some is outstanding. Pupils have access to high- quality equipment which makes lessons interesting. Teaching assistants give very effective support, in particular to pupils with special educational needs. This enables these pupils to make consistently good progress. The behaviour of pupils is exemplary. They are polite, courteous and proud of their school. The headteacher is relatively new to her position but she has quickly made a difference in creating a determined staff team keen to work together. As a result, teaching is improving and pupils are already making more rapid progress. The school works well with many key members of the community. This is very much appreciated by parents and rightly puts the school at the heart of the community. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not yet enough outstanding teaching. Teachers do not provide enough detailed feedback to pupils and they do not make clear what the pupils have to do to improve their work. Pupils do not take enough pride in the way they present and organise their work and, as a result, much of their work in books is untidy. Senior leaders do not provide governors with enough detailed information to allow them to fully challenge and support the school as well as they could.