|Name||Featherstone Purston St Thomas Church of England Voluntary Controlled Junior School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||13 November 2013|
|Address||George Street, Featherstone, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF7 5BG|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||281 (47% boys 53% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||17.9|
|Percentage Free School Meals||32.7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||5.3%|
Information about this school
St Thomas’ is an average-sized junior school. Pupils join the school from two infant schools. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium funding is above the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is above the national average as is the proportion of pupils supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The acting headteacher who was in post at the time of the previous inspection is now the substantive headteacher. There have also been a number of changes to staffing in the last two years.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. The way in which this vibrant and caring school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. Links with the church are strong and pupils’ artwork is of the highest quality. All groups of pupils achieve equally well, including disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, those supported by pupil premium funding and the most-able. Good teaching ensures pupils enjoy their lessons. Teachers provide interesting and engaging lessons which motivate pupils to learn. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are good. Movement around school is calm and orderly. Pupils say they feel safe at school and have confidence in adults to take care of them. Attendance is above average. The headteacher leads the school well and is ably supported by all staff. There are clear systems in place to check how well the school is doing and to bring about further improvements. The governing body is well led and provides an increasing level of support and challenge for the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Although teaching is good it is not yet outstanding. Marking does not always give pupils enough information about how to improve their work and too often spelling and grammatical errors go unchecked. Provision for writing is not as strong as for reading and mathematics. Assessment procedures, monitoring and opportunities for pupils to practise a range of writing styles are not consistently good.