Burbage Junior School

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About Burbage Junior School

Name Burbage Junior School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Zoe Driver
Address Grove Road, Burbage, Hinckley, LE10 2AD
Phone Number 01455630970
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 352
Local Authority Leicestershire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are proud of their friendly, caring school.

They respect their teachers and appreciate that they make learning fun. Pupils know that staff care about them. This makes them feel safe.

They trust teachers to help them when they need it.Leaders want pupils to be 'the best version of themselves'. They have high ambitions for pupils to achieve well.

They want them to be thoughtful citizens and build their resilience. Pupils enjoy learning about different themes. They study exciting things that make them think about the world around them.

Many visits, experiences and interesting stories bring learning to life.

Pupils enjoy taking on respons...ibilities, for example as school councillors and play buddies. They explain their thoughts in a mature and considerate way.

They are sensitive to the needs of others. They support others who might otherwise experience prejudice, for example.

Pupils behave very well in the classroom.

They think rules are fair and enjoy receiving 'well done' rewards. Pupils say that bullying is rare and that adults are quick to sort it out. They know they sometimes get overexcited at playtime.

They are quick to settle when adults remind them.

Pupils achieve well and thrive in this caring school.

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

Leaders make sure that all staff understand their high expectations.

Staff work well together to meet these. This shared ambition has improved the quality of education throughout the school.

All staff understand the importance of reading.

Leaders ensure that teachers have a consistent approach to teaching reading. As they tackle more difficult books and texts, pupils build up a range of complex vocabulary. All teachers read high-quality books to pupils.

Pupils are keen to read. Pupils who fall behind in reading get the help they need to catch up quickly.

Teaching in mathematics is well sequenced.

Pupils build fluency in number skills and confidence in solving increasingly demanding problems. Pupils are well prepared to take on new learning as they get older.

Teachers work together well across the infant and junior schools.

For example, as pupils move into Year 3 teachers ensure that they understand and build on what pupils already know in English and mathematics from Year 2.

Leaders make sure that work in all subjects is interesting for pupils. Pupils are keen to learn.

Teachers use resources, such as pictures, video clips and reference books to help pupils learn. They ask questions that encourage discussion and check that pupils understand what has been taught. For example, pupils remembered the different types of weapons used at different times in history.

This knowledge helped them to work out the order of different periods of history.

Leaders have set out clear guidance on what should be taught in most subjects over time. Teachers use this to plan well-sequenced lessons.

This will help pupils understand and remember more. In some subjects, the knowledge leaders want pupils to know in each year group is not yet identified in enough detail.Leaders provide effective training for all staff.

Staff have secure subject knowledge. They use this to deliver effective lessons in most subjects. Leaders provide specific training for subject leaders.

These leaders are starting to help other teachers to improve their practice, so that pupils achieve the best they can.Pupils are happy, healthy, thoughtful individuals. They have many opportunities to try new things.

These include visits to different places of worship, working with local businesses and organising charity fundraising. Pupils in Year 6 enjoyed an 'art of brilliance' workshop. They found this stimulating and inspiring.

Leaders are determined to support pupils' personal development.

Leaders have improved communication with parents. Parents receive better information to support their children's learning.

They appreciate that staff listen to them.

Staff share leaders' ambitions to do their best for pupils. Staff feel valued and appreciate that leaders take their well-being seriously.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders make sure that staff are well trained. Staff take the welfare of pupils seriously.

They are confident to share any concerns. Some staff receive training to give extra emotional support to pupils who need it.

Checks on pupils' absence and staff recruitment are thorough and timely.

Leaders work well with other agencies and organisations. They ensure that pupils and families get help when they need it.

Leaders are aware of the risks that pupils may face, including those online.

Pupils know how to identify a secure website and know the dangers of sharing personal information. Pupils learn about dangerous substances, fire and water safety.

What does the school need to do to improve?

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Leaders have made a good start to developing a coherently planned and well- sequenced curriculum which ensures that most pupils learn well and complete their programmes of study across a broad range of subjects.

Leaders should now refine the curriculum by identifying the most important knowledge that pupils should acquire in each subject and ensure that this knowledge is revisited frequently enough so that all pupils know more and remember more. . The headteacher and deputy headteacher have improved staff subject knowledge and pedagogy throughout the curriculum.

Curriculum leaders have drawn up detailed plans for their subjects. They do not all yet consistently help teachers to improve their delivery of different components within their subjects, so that pupils can achieve their best across the curriculum. It is clear from the actions that leaders have already taken that they are in the process of bringing about these improvements to all aspects of the curriculum.

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