Chalfont St Giles Junior School

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About Chalfont St Giles Junior School

Name Chalfont St Giles Junior School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Alastair Haywood
Address Parsonage Road, Chalfont St Giles, HP8 4JW
Phone Number 01494873090
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 239
Local Authority Buckinghamshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

This is a school which places no limits on what pupils can achieve, both academically and personally. Parents and carers hugely appreciate how staff go out of their way to develop and nurture pupils' skills, talents and interests.

As a result, pupils thrive across all subjects.

Pupils feel extremely safe. They understand that there are different types of bullying.

They say that bullying is very rare but, if it does happen, adults are quick to put a stop to it. Pupils are exceptionally polite and respectful towards their peers, staff and visitors.

Pupils love coming to school and are engrossed in their learning.

They talk proudly and confiden...tly about what they have learned in different subjects. As one pupil explained, 'Our teachers always want us to do our best.' They also relish the variety of opportunities which help to enrich their schooling experience.

They explained how residential trips help them to overcome their fears and challenge themselves in new situations.

Pupils feel valued. They told us that leaders listen to anyone who has a suggestion about how to improve school life.

For example, during the inspection, pupils were meeting with the school chef to share their views on lunch meals.

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

Passionate leaders and staff are united in their determination that all pupils achieve their potential. By the time pupils leave Year 6, they reach very high standards across the curriculum.

Leaders and teachers know exactly what they want pupils to know, understand and be able to do. The very well-designed curriculum builds on and deepens pupils' knowledge and skills. Skilled teachers plan activities that stretch pupils' minds.

The impact of this is evident in pupils' well-rounded knowledge across a range of subjects.

Teachers know a considerable amount about the subjects they teach. This is because staff are continually looking at ways to develop their knowledge about how to best teach different subjects.

In lessons, we saw teachers explaining ideas to pupils extremely clearly. Teachers' precise use of subject-specific language helps develop pupils' vocabulary.

Pupils develop a real passion for reading.

They talk confidently about the different authors and books they have read. Expert teaching, combined with carefully planned interventions, helps all pupils become confident readers. Pupils explained to us how they love reading to the therapy dog.

Older pupils have also received training and act as 'reading buddies' with younger pupils.

Teachers know their pupils extremely well. They have the same high ambitions for all pupils.

Teachers support pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) very effectively. They make sure that any extra support provided is sharply focused to meet individuals' needs. This helps make sure that no pupil is left behind in their learning.

Pupils' behaviour throughout the school is impeccable. In lessons, pupils are captivated by their learning. They show very high levels of concentration and engagement.

Adults inspire pupils' curiosity. They also help pupils develop a range of strategies to be successful learners. For example, pupils explained how they routinely use their 'learning gem' strategies to solve problems, work as part of a team and be resilient.

The breadth of opportunities to promote pupils' personal development is very impressive. The extensive range of clubs on offer, whether it be cookery, drama or mindfulness, ensures that there is something for everyone. Pupils really look forward to entrepreneurial challenges, such as the 'mini-enterprise' project.

Pupils also value the variety of opportunities to develop their leadership skills. They take these positions of responsibility seriously. As one member of the school council explained, 'It's our responsibility to make the school the best it can possibly be.'

Leaders have created a very positive team spirit in school. Staff told us that they love working at this school. They feel valued and listened to.

Even though the school is doing very well, leaders are not complacent. Governors act as very good critical friends to leaders.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Safeguarding procedures are exceptionally strong. Leaders prioritise pupils' welfare and safety. They know their pupils and families extremely well.

Knowledgeable, well-trained and vigilant staff understand exactly what to do if they have any concerns about a pupil. All staff act as the 'eyes and ears'. Leaders respond quickly to concerns raised.

They work effectively with external agencies to protect pupils who may be at risk from harm.

Staff teach pupils about potential dangers they may encounter. Pupils understand about e-safety and the importance of looking after their physical and emotional health.

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