This is a good school The headteacher, senior leaders and governors provide clear vision and direction.
Pupils, parents and staff appreciate this strong leadership. Staff form a united and dedicated team. Leaders take decisive action.
They have secured significant improvements in teaching and outcomes recently. As a result, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good. Most pupils make good progress in English and mathematics.
However, teaching does not consistently ensure that tasks deepen understanding and provide challenge for the most able pupils. The governing body supports and challenges school leaders effectively. Governors share le...aders' high aspirations for pupils and are committed to securing further improvements.
Effective safeguarding ensures that pupils are safe. All staff have a clear understanding of how to keep pupils safe. Disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics.
Pupils' conduct in classrooms and when playing on the playground is good. Instances of poor behaviour are very rare. Teachers' recent focus on improving pupils' writing has proved successful.
Pupils are confident in editing and redrafting their work. Pupils apply their knowledge of grammar, spelling and punctuation well. However, handwriting and presentation are not consistently of a high standard across the curriculum.
The curriculum is broad, and pupils enjoy a wide range of learning experiences. Pupils' spiritual, social, moral and cultural development is a strength of the school. While pupils make good progress in reading, they do not have particularly positive attitudes to reading.
Leaders know the school well and focus on the right areas for improvement. However, they do not make use of measurable success criteria, milestones and identify key personnel to monitor and evaluate actions. English and mathematics are led well.
However, leaders of other subjects do not yet have the skills to have sufficient impact on improving teaching in their subject. The school does not comply with the government guidance about what schools must publish on their websites.
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The school does not meet requirements on the publication of information about the proposed spend for the primary physical education and sport funding and the pupil premium grant.
The school meets the government's current floor standards. These set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of key stage 2. The school is an average-sized junior school.
The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged and who receive support from the pupil premium is well above average. The percentage of disabled pupils and those who have SEN and/or disabilities is just above that of most schools. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is above average.
The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is in line with the national average. The school receives support from the local authority, which has brokered the services of a teaching school. There has been a large turnover of staff since the previous inspection.