Geoffrey Field Junior School

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About Geoffrey Field Junior School

Name Geoffrey Field Junior School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Shelly Hancock
Address Exbourne Road, Reading, RG2 8RH
Phone Number 01189375475
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 357
Local Authority Reading
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. All groups of pupils achieve well and make good progress.

Pupils' attainment in national tests at the end of Year 6 is improving year on year. Progress in mathematics across the school is outstanding. Pupils' reading skills are very well developed.

The school is successfully closing the gaps in performance between the attainment of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and other pupils. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make equally good progress as others in the school because of the good support they receive. Teaching is good and sometimes outstanding.

Most teaching is demanding, exciting and... gets the best out of all pupils. Pupils are well behaved, eager to learn and get on with their work. They say that they feel very safe at school and that teachers give them great confidence.

The headteacher, with strong support from his senior and subject leaders, demonstrates strong determination in his drive to ensure that all pupils succeed. He has built effective teams that have taken decisive and effective action to improve the quality of teaching and to raise pupils' achievement since the last inspection. The governors are well informed and share the ambitions of school leaders to ensure all pupils achieve the best they can.

This is a school that makes sustained progress on its journey towards excellence. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Too few pupils are making outstanding progress in their lessons and over time. The proportion of outstanding teaching is not yet high enough and there is a small minority of teaching that requires improvement.

In some lessons, more able pupils are not challenged enough to learn at a brisk pace and teachers do not always use questions well enough to extend pupils' learning. Pupils' progress is not as rapid in writing as it is in reading and mathematics.

Information about this school

The school is of average size for a primary school.

The large majority of pupils are White British. About one third are from different minority ethnic backgrounds, the largest of which are pupils of Pakistani heritage. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is broadly average.

The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium (additional funding from the government for some groups of pupils, including those known to be eligible for free school meals, those in the care of the local authority and other groups) is high. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average, as is the proportion of pupils supported at 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' progress and attainment.

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