Falcon Junior School


Name Falcon Junior School
Website http://www.falcon.norfolk.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 December 2012
Address Falcon Road West, Sprowston, Norwich, Norfolk, NR7 8NT
Phone Number 01603441417
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 432 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.0
Local Authority Norfolk
Percentage Free School Meals 7.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.9%

Information about this school

Falcon Junior School is larger than the average-sized primary school and numbers are increasing. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is below that seen nationally. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below average. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is lower than average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school is organised into a lower school with five mixed Year 3 and Year 4 classes, and an upper school with two Year 5 and two Year 6 classes. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school has improved since the last inspection because leaders and managers have addressed the key areas identified for improvement. Teaching overall is good, with some that is outstanding, such as in Year 6. As a result all groups of pupils make good progress from the time they start in the school. Teaching assistants make a good contribution to the progress of the pupils they support. Support for pupils who need extra help or who have fallen behind is well organised and delivered, with the result that these pupils make good progress. Behaviour around the school and in classrooms is good and pupils enjoy their learning. Older pupils act as buddies to support Year 3 pupils, which is mutually beneficial. The school provides a caring nurturing atmosphere. Pupils say they feel safe and enjoy coming to school. Parents and carers support this view. The leadership and management of the school is good, with a strong team, including the governing body. All are clear about the school’s strengths and areas for development. As a result there has been good improvement in teaching and pupils’ achievement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In a few lessons, teachers spend too long talking to pupils. This means that pupils do not have enough time to work independently and make good progress on tasks set. Pupils that can work faster than others are not always given the chance to do so. Teachers do not always tell pupils how long they have to complete tasks, which slows the pace at which they complete work. The current organisation of the teaching of letters and sounds does not benefit all pupils in Year 3. Progress in Year 3 is not as good as in other year groups.