Fleetville Junior School

Name Fleetville Junior School
Website http://www.fleetvillejm.herts.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 08 June 2011
Address 228 Hatfield Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 4LW
Phone Number 01727519224
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 356 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.4
Academy Sponsor Spiral Partnership Trust
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 5.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 14.9%
Persisitent Absence 5.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Fleetville is an above average-sized junior school. Two thirds of the pupils are from White British backgrounds and the rest are from a wide variety of other heritages. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is above average as is the proportion of pupils learning English as an additional language. The percentage of pupils identified with special educational needs and/or disabilities and the percentage of pupils with a statement of special educational needs are similar to the national averages. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is low. Amongst its national awards, the school has Artsmark Gold, Healthy Schools status and Activemark.

Main findings

Fleetville Junior is an outstanding school. Pupils get off to an excellent start in Year 3 and the outstanding quality of the learning and progress of many pupils is maintained throughout their time in the school. Teaching is excellent, pastoral care is exceptional and the curriculum is highly stimulating and very innovative. As a result, pupils’ behaviour is excellent and they feel very safe. ’We are proud to go to Fleetville Junior’ is typical of the comments pupils made during the inspection. Parents and carers are very happy with the education their children receive. One noted ’I couldn’t ask for a better school for my children to attend. At the time of the last inspection, the school was judged to be good and improving rapidly. The pursuit of excellence has now been maintained over a considerable period of time, demonstrating the school’s outstanding capacity for sustained improvement. The headteacher provides inspirational leadership that is calm, analytical and responsive and he has empowered leaders at all levels to help drive improvement. The headteacher, deputy headteacher and senior leaders have established an exceptionally rigorous programme of self-evaluation, which includes an extremely accurate assessment of teaching and learning in lessons and very detailed tracking of pupils’ progress. It enables them to pinpoint where improvement is needed for individuals and groups of pupils. All pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, have a clear understanding of how well they are doing in their lessons and what to do to improve. The school’s performance in the national English and mathematics tests for pupils in Year 6 has been high for the last five years. It is typical of the school’s aspirational approach that leaders have recognised that attainment in mathematics could be raised even higher. A programme to enable pupils to develop a greater depth of mathematical understanding is being developed for all year groups. Attendance is high and punctuality exemplary, as pupils enjoy all their time at school. Pupils’ keen appetite for teamwork, together with their very high literacy, numeracy, science and information and communication technology skills, prepare them exceptionally well for their future education. Fleetville Junior School is a very important part of its local community. Leaders do much to promote community cohesion and they are keen to lift provision for it to become outstanding. Although there are already some good links with schools in other areas, they are looking forward to promoting community cohesion still further by widening links with other schools.