Brookfield Junior School

Name Brookfield Junior School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Brookfield Junior School, Swallow Road, Aylesford, ME20 6PY
Phone Number 01732843667
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 246 (51.6% boys 48.4% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.1
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 28%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.3%
Persistent Absence 7%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.6%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

The school meets the requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school federated with Brookfield Infant School in September 2017 to form the new 'Flourish' federation under the joint leadership of an executive headteacher.

The executive headteacher was appointed in September 2017, as was the head of school and new special needs coordinator (SENCo). Five of the eight teaching staff members are also new to the school this academic year. The school is an average-sized junior school with eight classes.

Most pupils come from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is above average, as is the proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The recently appointed executive headteacher has swiftly consolidated the new federation of Brookfield infant and junior schools. Since taking on the role, she has focused sharply on ensuring that teaching and learning are good. Governors are very well informed; they provide a high level of support and challenge to the school.

Good teaching and high expectations of what pupils can accomplish during lessons enable most pupils to make good progress in their learning. Assessment information is used effectively and work is generally well matched to pupils' abilities. However, this is not consistently the case for the most able pupils, so their progress is not always as good as it should be.

Pupils' personal development is good. They relate very well to adults and their peers. Pupils enjoy the opportunities they have to take responsibility.

They are proud of their school and treat one another with care and consideration. Middle leaders are beginning to fulfil their roles more effectively. Developing middle leadership is a high priority for the school.

The curriculum is broad and balanced and successfully meets pupils' needs. In 2017, outcomes in reading, writing and mathematics were broadly in line with the national average. Current work in books shows that outcomes are consistently good and improving further.

Disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities achieve well. Timely intervention programmes and good support in lessons ensure that these pupils do well. Pupils' behaviour in and out of lessons is good.

Rates of attendance have gone up in line with national figures. Parents are very supportive of the new federation and have confidence in the executive headteacher. There is a strong culture of safeguarding in the school, ensuring that pupils are educated in a safe and caring environment.