Elson Junior School

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About Elson Junior School

Name Elson Junior School
Website http://www.elsonjunior.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Penny Shaw
Address Exmouth Road, Gosport, PO12 4EX
Phone Number 02392583754
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 302
Local Authority Hampshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Teachers, leaders and governors are committed to making a positive difference to the lives of all pupils who attend Elson Junior School. Staff have together improved every aspect of the school so that it is achieving its vision of helping pupils to be happy and successful members of society.

Pupils enjoy learning because lessons are well organised.

They listen attentively to each other and adults, and eagerly engage in practical tasks. Staff are adept at helping any pupils who get over-excited to quickly refocus on their learning. One pupil said: 'We like the 'Elson lesson' because teachers always tell us what we are going to learn and how we are going to learn it.'...r/>

Pupils feel happy and safe in this nurturing school. They are typically calm, friendly and polite to each other. A few older pupils said that sometimes pupils do fall out with each other, but that teachers will help sort out any issues.

Pupils and families especially value 'Well-being Wednesdays' because pupils spend time learning how to maintain positive mental health.

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

Leaders across the school, supported expertly by the local authority, are developing an impressive, ambitious curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Governors challenge and support leaders well so that the school's plans for improvement have stayed on track throughout the pandemic.

Leaders know the school and its pupils very well. They recognise that some of the systems and processes they use to record, collate and scrutinise information about the school are not as efficient as they could be.

Leaders believe that being a good reader allows pupils to access the whole curriculum.

They quickly identify pupils who need extra, targeted help with learning phonics when they join the school. Pupils are encouraged to practise reading every day either in school or at home. They learn to read fluently and accurately.

Pupils enjoy reading books from the well-stocked library, and welcome plans to further increase the range of books they can choose from.

The curriculum in subjects such as English, mathematics and geography are consistently well planned and sequenced. Leaders have set out clearly the detailed knowledge and subject-specific skills that pupils need in each subject.

They have made sure that pupils learn this knowledge in a logical order. Teachers think carefully about the activities they choose so that pupils learn what they intend in an enjoyable way. Pupils especially like the frequent recapping and checking of their knowledge that teachers do, as this helps them to remember what they have been taught.

Pupils display some impressive knowledge in these subjects.

Leaders across the school are well on the way to ensuring that all subjects are planned and delivered to the same high standards. Staff appreciate the professional training that has helped them to develop their teaching and subject knowledge across the whole curriculum.

Leaders have developed secure assessment procedures in English and mathematics. These are well understood by pupils and gives them confidence that teachers will help them to fill any gaps in their knowledge. Assessment is less well developed in some other subjects, however.

Pupils' personal development is prioritised. Pupils learn about a range of important issues through personal, social and health education lessons. These include learning about healthy relationships and the importance of having good mental health.

Pupils can join a small range of clubs to develop their interests and talents, such as football club and the allotment club. Leaders plan to further increase the range of clubs and their uptake.

Regular and positive communication with parents and carers is a key feature of the school's success.

Several parents praised the schools' approach. One expressed the views of many by saying, 'Well trained and understanding staff meet my child's needs. He gets such a good deal.'

Another said, 'I have found staff to be very supportive. They have the interests of the children at heart.'


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Pupils feel safe because of the strong culture of safeguarding that pervades the school. Pupils are clear about what to do if they are worried about something and know that an adult in school will help them if they need it.

Adults are well trained.

They understand the school's processes for raising concerns and use them appropriately. Leaders act with tenacity to get extra help for pupils who need it. Their positive interaction with external partners is a strength.

Checks on adults working in the school are thorough and recorded securely on the single central record.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Assessment in the foundation subjects is not as effective as it is in English and mathematics. This means that teachers do not always adapt learning to fill pupils' gaps in learning.

Leaders need to develop how they check pupils' knowledge in each subject so that all pupils are supported to build on their prior knowledge. Pupils' learning in foundation subjects such as history and geography is impressive, because teachers follow a carefully sequenced curriculum that prioritises the important knowledge they want pupils to know and remember. This is not the case in other, less well-developed subjects, but it is clear from leaders' actions that this development is well under way.

For this reason, the transitional arrangements have been applied. Leaders need to continue their work to make sure that each subject is planned and implemented to the high standards evident in geography and history so that pupils receive a consistent quality education across all subject areas. ? Leaders use a variety of systems to record information.

While these are well understood by leaders, they are not cohesive. There is a danger that emerging trends or important information about pupils could be missed. Leaders need to embed a clear, streamlined process to support sharper analysis of pupils' wellbeing and behaviour.

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