Field Court Junior School

Name Field Court Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 18 September 2014
Address Courtfield Road, Quedgeley, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2 4UF
Phone Number 01452720066
Type Academy
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 361 (44% boys 56% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.5
Academy Sponsor Field Court Junior School
Local Authority Gloucestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 11.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.7%
Persisitent Absence 4.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a larger-than-average-sized junior school. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds but a small number speak English as an additional language. Very few pupils are in the early stages of learning English. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs on the school roll is about 20%. This is similar to the proportion found in most schools. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is similar to that found in most schools. This is additional government funding provided to give extra support to those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and to children who are looked after. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Field Court Junior School converted to become an academy school on 1 September 2011. When its predecessor school, with the same name, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Pupils’ attainment is above average by the end of Year 6. They achieve exceptionally well, making very rapid progress in all year groups in English and mathematics. Pupils use their excellent reading, writing and mathematics skills to very good effect to support their learning in different subjects. Outstanding teaching helps pupils to learn extremely rapidly. Teachers inspire pupils to do well. They ensure that they fulfil their potential and develop a genuine love of learning. Pupils’ behaviour is impeccable. They are polite and well mannered and take on responsibilities very sensibly. They feel very safe and get on very well together. Pupils who receive extra support through additional government funding make exceptionally rapid progress and the gap between their attainment and that of others closes very quickly. Pupils greatly enjoy school because learning is enriched by many memorable activities both in and out of lessons. These contribute extremely successfully to pupils’ excellent personal development. They ensure that they leave school as well-adjusted, happy and very confident individuals. Extremely strong leadership and management are instrumental in the school’s success. Leaders have secured very rapid improvement in the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement over the last three years. Planning for improvement is based on a very clear picture of the remaining priorities. Leaders at all levels play an excellent part in ensuring priorities are tackled quickly. The delightful atmosphere in school reflects the way that leaders value and respect all members of the school community so that all feel part of the push for continued excellence. Leaders make excellent use of information on pupils’ progress to ensure that they are all doing well enough. Any dips in performance are tackled quickly and to very good effect. The governing body supports other leaders extremely well in their determination to ensure that all pupils get the best possible education. The school works very closely with parents. They are very pleased with the work of the school, especially the way that adults care for their children.