Brushwood Junior School

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About Brushwood Junior School

Name Brushwood Junior School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Joanne Robertson
Address Brushwood Road, Chesham, HP5 3DW
Phone Number 01494786023
Phase Primary
Type Foundation school
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 256
Local Authority Buckinghamshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Key findings

This is an outstanding school. Its overall effectiveness has improved since it was previously inspected.

The high esteem in which it is held by parents and carers is entirely justified as all aspects of its work are excellent. Pupils achieve exceptionally well throughout their time in this school. Staff make excellent use of their detailed knowledge of the personal and academic characteristics of each pupil to ensure that all pupils, including disabled pupils, those with special educational needs and those at risk of falling behind, realise their potential.

An outstanding curriculum which is precisely tailored to individual needs ensures that pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural devel...opment is excellent. The quality of teaching is outstanding. Creative approaches and resources spark pupils' enthusiasm and engage them fully.

Pupils' personal targets are woven skilfully into lessons to provide pupils with good opportunities to reflect on and improve their work. Very occasionally, teachers do not provide enough opportunities for pupils to share and review what they have learned or do not provide quite enough support to help pupils to tackle their challenging tasks. Pupils' behaviour and safety are outstanding.

They are extremely well motivated, and display high levels of tolerance and respect towards each other and the staff. Pupils, and their parents and carers, believe that they are very well cared for and that the school is an exceptionally safe place. Leaders and managers have high aspirations for pupils' academic progress and well-being, and successfully meet their goals.

Teaching has improved as a result of highly purposeful professional development and careful monitoring. Key members of the governing body have a good overview of the school and contribute usefully to its strategic direction. Procedures to enable all governors to acquire detailed first-hand knowledge of the school's work are not fully developed.

Information about the school

Brushwood Junior is a little smaller than most primary schools, but the school roll has increased substantially this year. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds, but a quarter of pupils come from minority ethnic heritage, of which the largest grouping is Pakistani. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average.

The percentage of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is broadly average, but the number of pupils with statements for varying types of special educational needs is much higher than is usually the case. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The school holds the Healthy Schools, Artsmark Silver and Unicef's Rights Respecting (level 2) awards.

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