Cheam Common Junior Academy

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About Cheam Common Junior Academy

Name Cheam Common Junior Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Miss Sophie Gunner
Address Kingsmead Avenue, Worcester Park, KT4 8UT
Phone Number 02083371844
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 504
Local Authority Sutton
Highlights from Latest Inspection


There has been no change to this school's overall judgement of good as a result of this ungraded (section 8) inspection. However, the evidence gathered suggests that the inspection grade might be outstanding if a graded (section 5) inspection were carried out now.

The school's next inspection will be a graded inspection.

The principal of this school is Sophie Gunner. This school is part of LEO Academy Trust, which means other people in the trust also have responsibility for running the school.

The trust is run by the chief executive officer, Phillip Hedger, and overseen by a board of trustees, chaired by Dean Clark.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils th...rive at this school. They are happy, feel safe and embrace the many opportunities available.

Pupils learn with enthusiasm. Staff support pupils very well. The school's use of technology ensures that all pupils excel in all areas of their learning.

Pupils' behaviour is exceptional. They are polite and respectful and actively seek out opportunities to help and encourage one another. Pupils are highly focused in their learning and motivated to do their very best.

Their attitudes and behaviour are very positive and create a highly welcoming environment.

Pupils excel because of the high expectations set and the ambition the school has for all. Pupils achieve exceptionally well across the curriculum because their learning is meticulously planned and expertly delivered.

Pupils enjoy a range of clubs and outings. This includes many sports, competitions, coding and activities that encourage pupils to be active citizens in their community and beyond. They relish the opportunity to take on leadership roles.

Older pupils are excellent role models for the younger pupils.

Parents and carers are overwhelmingly positive about the education the school delivers. Of the many comments provided, parents praised how welcoming and inclusive the school is and valued the many opportunities available.

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

The school has a well-planned and ambitious curriculum. Learning is carefully sequenced and delivered by highly skilled teachers across all subjects. High-quality teaching ensures that all pupils develop knowledge, skills and understanding progressively over time.

Teachers plan opportunities for pupils to make connections across the curriculum. For example, in science, pupils learn about habitats such as biomes, which supports pupils' learning in geography.

Staff are proud to work at this school and value the opportunities for professional development offered by the school and the trust.

Teachers have excellent subject knowledge. They use extensive resources and training that equip them to deliver curricular aims in creative ways. Teachers routinely and systematically check pupils' understanding so that they address any gaps or misconceptions precisely.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) access the same ambitious curriculum. Staff identify and meet pupils' individual needs with the utmost care. They ensure that pupils with SEND access an ambitious curriculum successfully.

As a result, pupils with SEND achieve highly across the curriculum.

Reading is an absolute priority from the moment pupils join the school. The school uses reading expertise within the trust to identify pupils who would benefit from additional support with their reading.

This includes pupils who join the school at different times during the academic year. Staff provide high-quality support to pupils who need additional support through reading experts. As a result, pupils are supported to catch up with reading and develop a love for literature.

The school has planned a comprehensive programme that promotes pupils' personal development. Pupils are supported to learn how to be healthy and safe. For example, all pupils participate in workshops on safer travel, online safety and how to promote positive mental health.

Pupils learn about the importance of being active citizens. They debate moral dilemmas such as the issues associated with being a bystander. Pupils explore diversity within and beyond their communities.

This includes visiting places of worship and celebrating cultural differences through regular events in school. Pupils spoke positively about their school being a harmonious community in which everyone belongs.

Pupils' behaviour across the school is exemplary.

Staff encourage pupils to work hard and, as a result, they achieve very well. The school works very closely with pupils and families to ensure that pupils attend regularly.

Governors know the school extremely well.

Through the support of the trust, the governance structure provides robust challenge and support to school leaders. This ensures that their ambitious vision continues to be realised. Staff well-being is at the forefront of leaders' thinking.

This creates a positive environment where all staff and pupils are encouraged and supported to flourish.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in September 2018.

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