Farnham Common Junior School

Name Farnham Common Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 March 2014
Address Sherbourne Walk, Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire, SL2 3TZ
Phone Number 01753642923
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 237 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.6
Local Authority Buckinghamshire
Percentage Free School Meals 9.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.9%
Persisitent Absence 5.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 11%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is similar in size to the average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are of White British origin. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic heritage is slightly higher than that found in most schools. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below average. None are currently at the early stages of learning English. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion identified for additional support through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium is well below average. This is additional government funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, those who are looked after by the local authority, and other eligible groups. The school meets the current floor standards, which set the government’s minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The headteacher and the assistant headteachers are recent appointments. The headteacher became the substantive head during the spring term 2014. She was previously the deputy headteacher at the school and was acting headteacher for the autumn term 2013. One assistant headteacher is an established member of the staff; the second joined the school in January 2014. Most of the other teachers have joined the school during this academic year.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher works closely with the assistant headteachers to improve teaching and pupils’ achievement. She has galvanised the staff and is successfully taking the school forward. Pupils achieve well. Standards in tests at the end of Year 6 in 2013 were significantly above the national average, as they had been in the previous two years. Pupils make good progress in developing their reading, writing and mathematical skills. Much of the teaching is good. There is some outstanding practice on which the school can build. Pupils behave well, feel safe and have a good understanding of how to keep themselves safe. Their attendance is above average. The governing body has managed the many changes in staffing well. Governors set challenging targets but at the same time are supportive of the senior leadership team. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some pupils in Years 3 and 4 are not developing their mathematical skills quickly enough. Occasionally teachers do not plan sufficiently challenging work that builds on pupils’ earlier learning. The marking of pupils’ work is inconsistent. In some classes pupils are not given clear guidance on how to improve. The school development plan lacks clear targets by which leaders can judge the success of planned improvement strategies