Ferrars Junior School

Name Ferrars Junior School
Website http://www.ferrars.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 30 January 2013
Address Lewsey Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU4 0ES
Phone Number 01582574933
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 354 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.5
Local Authority Luton
Percentage Free School Meals 19.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 57.6%
Persisitent Absence 6.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average junior school. There are no pupils learning at places away from school. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups and who speak English as an additional language is significantly higher than average. A significant number of pupils join or leave the school between Year 3 and 6. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs who are supported at 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 proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, and for whom the school receives additional funding (the pupil premium) is above average. There is a breakfast club that is managed by the governing body and was included in this inspection. The school meets the government’s current floor targets, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Strong leadership and management have improved both teaching and achievement. They have ensured a positive climate for learning across the school in which all pupils prosper, both academically and personally. Pupils reach standards at the end of Year 6 that are above average. They make good progress in reading and writing. As a result of the good support they receive disabled pupils, those with special educational needs and those who join part way through the year, often with English as an additional language, achieve well. Teaching is good in all subjects, with some that is outstanding. Teachers have good subject expertise and build very good relationships with pupils, helping them to do their best. Pupils feel safe and are looked after well. Their behaviour is consistently good. They are proud of their school, want to learn and enjoy coming to school. Attendance rates have improved and are now above average. Pupils are encouraged to take an active part in all aspects of school life. They work very effectively as prefects and buddies to younger children and take an active role in the school council. Ferrars is a lively and thriving school at the centre of its local community. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils do not make as much progress in mathematics as they do in reading and writing. Not enough teaching allows pupils to find out information for themselves. There are not enough opportunities in lessons for pupils to show initiative and make choices about their learning.