Fordingbridge Junior School

Name Fordingbridge Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 November 2019
Address Pennys Lane, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 1HJ
Phone Number 01425652285
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 237 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.1
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 9.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.8%
Persisitent Absence 5.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No


Fordingbridge Junior School continues to be a good school.There is enough evidence of improved performance to suggest that the school could be judged outstanding if we were to carry out a section 5 inspection now.

What is it like to attend this school?

This school is fully committed to giving pupils a first-class education. Staff go out of their way to make sure that pupils have opportunities to thrive and succeed. Pupils know that staff care about them as individuals and want the very best for them. This is particularly true for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Pupils are rightly proud of their school. They show a great love for reading. The library, right at the heart of the school, illustrates this. It is inviting and well organised. It is often filled with pupils reading quietly or browsing through books. Pupils are keen to discuss the books they read.

Pupils are extremely kind and considerate. They told me there is ‘no room’ for bullying in their school. Their behaviour was put to the test by an unexpected fire alarm during the inspection. Pupils lined up in silence on the playground. They comforted the few of their friends who were upset by the experience.

Parents and carers speak highly of the school. They told me that children are ‘given every opportunity to excel’, both academically and in their personal development.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The executive headteacher leads this school with great determination. She shares leadership responsibilities widely. Staff and governors play their parts effectively to make sure that Fordingbridge goes from strength to strength.

Pupils learn well in all subjects. Teachers make sure that pupils use their previous learning to help them know more, do more and, therefore, learn more. Teachers carefully check and ensure that pupils learn the important ideas in the topics taught. Pupils talk enthusiastically about how they built their ‘bank of knowledge’ throughout their time atthe school. As a result, pupils achieve well in all subjects. Leaders know they can fine-tune planning in a few subjects, such as geography, history and art.

Not all pupils can read well when they join the school. Staff make sure that pupils learn phonics well and become fluent readers. Teachers ensure that pupils read widely and with the right level of comprehension. They encourage pupils to discover hidden meaning in words and phrases. As a result, pupils value words and use them with great care and thought in their own writing. For example, I observed a Year 6 pupil debate whether to use ‘even though’ or ‘despite’ in a piece of writing. The pupil wanted to find just the right word to suit her purpose. Consequently, pupils’ writing is of a very high standard.

Teachers are skilled at planning activities that interest and engage all pupils. Teachers use assessment information effectively. This is reflected in the well-planned support that pupils with SEND receive. Staff leave no stone unturned in meeting their needs. Leaders make sure that there is no cap on what pupils can achieve.

Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning. They take great pride in their work. Their books showcase their learning journey throughout the year. Books paint a strong picture of their rich learning experiences across the curriculum.

Leaders want pupils to be prepared, not only for secondary school, but for adult life. Pupils enjoy a wide range of opportunities to develop as people. Pupils learn about different beliefs and faiths. They understand that people should ‘share their similarities and celebrate their differences’. They enjoy taking responsibility and jobs in the school. Pupils love taking part in the many cultural and sporting events and clubs on offer.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders and governors make sure that there is a strong culture of vigilance. All staff receive detailed and regular training. Senior leaders leave nothing to chance. They rigorously follow up all safeguarding concerns raised by staff. Leaders work well with other professionals to make sure that pupils get the right help and support.

Governors play a valuable role in checking that pupils are safe in school. They make sure that staff who work at school are eligible to do so.

Pupils feel safe in school. They know how to keep safe with using the internet and when using mobile devices.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

Senior leaders are further refining planning in geography, history and art. Leaders should continue to build on these improvements and thus continue to strengthen the curriculum.Background

When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good. This is called a section 8 inspection of a good school or non-exempt outstanding school. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find some evidence that the school could now be better than good or that standards may be declining, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection. Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will convert the section 8 inspection to a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the first section 8 inspection since we judged the school to be good on 28–29 April 2016.