Church Hill Church of England Junior School

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About Church Hill Church of England Junior School

Name Church Hill Church of England Junior School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Diane Brown
Address Church Hill Road, Thurmaston, Leicester, LE4 8DE
Phone Number 01162692509
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 292
Local Authority Leicestershire
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Church Hill Church of England Junior School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils at Church Hill Junior School are encouraged to 'let your light shine'. They are taught about how to become caring, responsible and respectful members of their school community. Leaders have high expectations of what they can achieve, both academically and personally.

The result is a happy, calm and purposeful learning environment where pupils flourish.

Pupils love coming to school. They think that their school is the best school.

They say that their teachers are fun and kind. They say that they feel safe at school. Every child is confident that ...the grown-ups in school will help them if they have a problem.

Pupils love the house system that leaders have developed to reward good behaviour and hard work. Every pupil is proud of the house they belong to and love the healthy competition to be the winning house. Pupils' behaviour is exemplary as they work and play together.

Staff and parents and carers agree that Church Hill Junior School is a school that puts its pupils first. Staff say that Church Hill is like a second family. Parents are positive about the work of the school.

One parent said: 'They are always there for us.'

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

The school's curriculum is broad and ambitious for all pupils, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Curriculum plans have been written for all subjects.

These plans identify the key knowledge that pupils need to know and remember. Curriculum leaders have made sure that new knowledge builds on prior learning. In a very small number of subjects, plans do not precisely identify the knowledge that pupils need to learn to reach the intended outcomes.

Leaders have developed a systematic approach to the teaching of reading. Staff have received appropriate training. They provide expert support to help pupils become confident readers.

Pupils who need to improve their fluency or ability to read at speed get the help they need. Teachers use a wide range of texts to develop pupils' comprehension skills. There is a focus on vocabulary choices.

For example, Year 6 pupils could discuss how an author had successfully dehumanised the characters by using different words. Story time is a daily event. Teachers choose books that will help pupils to understand lives and cultures that are different from their own.

Mathematics is well planned and taught. Subject leaders have developed a 'ping-pong' approach. This is where teachers model new learning, which is followed by opportunities for pupils to practise what they have been taught.

Pupils routinely use practical resources to help them with their work. Pupils are highly engaged in their learning and relish challenge.

Teachers regularly assess how well pupils are learning in English, mathematics and science.

This is to identify where they may have gaps in their learning. Pupils with SEND are identified quickly and provided with the help they need. However, the school has not yet developed a consistent system for assessing foundation subjects.

Leaders know that this should be a priority for the school.

Pupils' personal development is driven by leaders' ambition that pupils will be the very best they can be. The school's charter sets out an exceptionally well-planned range of opportunities for pupils.

This includes a visit to the theatre and learning basic first aid. Pupils also participate in a wide range of sports. They learn how to manage finances and are proud of the work they do to raise money for charity.

Teachers use the outdoors to inspire pupils to learn. For example, Year 5 pupils made a visit to a fox's den on the school site linked to their class text, 'Little foxes' by Michael Morpurgo.

Governors, staff and pupils speak highly of everything the school has achieved.

They have worked closely together through the challenges presented by the pandemic. Staff say that leaders care about their well-being and do all they can to make sure their workload is acceptable.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have ensured that there is a strong safeguarding culture in the school. All staff receive the training they need to carry out their responsibilities well. They keep a close eye on pupils.

They pass their concerns on quickly and know that even small concerns should be noted. Safeguarding leads make sure that concerns are followed up. External support is provided for pupils and families who need additional help.

Pupils learn about how to keep themselves safe through the school's curriculum and assemblies. For example, they learn about how to keep themselves safe online and what makes a healthy relationship.

What does the school need to do to improve?

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• In a very small number of subjects, leaders have not ensured that curriculum plans break down the key knowledge that pupils need to learn.

In these subjects, teachers have to work out for themselves what pupils need to know in order to reach the end-points that are outlined. Leaders should ensure that all curriculum plans consistently include precise information about what teachers want pupils to learn. ? In the foundation subjects, there is no consistent approach to how teachers assess what pupils learn.

This means that teachers are not systematically identifying where pupils may have gaps in their learning. Leaders should ensure that an efficient assessment approach is developed that will enable teachers to have a precise picture of what pupils have learned.


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

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the section 8 inspection a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the first section 8 inspection since we judged the school to be good in December 2016.

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