Chater Junior School


Name Chater Junior School
Website http://www.chaterjm.herts.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 20 June 2013
Address Addiscombe Road, Watford, WD18 0WN
Phone Number 01923446686
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 240 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.3
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 11.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 85.9%
Persisitent Absence 8.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

The school is an average-sized junior school. Pupils are from a wide variety of minority ethnic backgrounds and the majority speak English as an additional language. A number of pupils join the school other than at the start of Year 3. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have educational special needs who are supported through school action is broadly average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of educational needs is slightly higher than average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium funding is below the national average. This is additional government funding which, at this school, is for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress for pupils at the end of Year 6 in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Teaching across the school is consistently good and much is outstanding. Teachers’ expectations are high. They plan lessons that challenge and extend all groups of pupils. Pupils make rapid progress in reading, writing and mathematics across the school so that, by the end of Year 6, almost all are expected to reach and a high proportion are on track to exceed the nationally expected levels in English and mathematics. Pupils have superb attitudes to learning. They get on very well together and their relationship with adults is excellent, with the result that behaviour in and around the school is outstanding. The headteacher and senior leaders, supported by the governing body, are dedicated to maintaining and improving the school. The quality of teaching in mathematics, in particular, has improved since the last inspection. A great strength of the school is the emphasis it places on promoting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This is a feature in every subject and makes a significant contribution to pupils’ personal development by consistently promoting their care and respect for each other. Governors are well informed and support the school exceptionally well. They hold the school to account about the progress all pupils make and the link to the quality of teaching.