Godalming Junior School


Name Godalming Junior School
Website http://www.godalming-junior.surrey.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 05 December 2012
Address Hallam Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 3HW
Phone Number 01483421597
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 239 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.4
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 6.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

Godalming Junior School is a smaller-than-average primary school. Most pupils are White British and speak English as their first language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is above average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action plus and with a statement of special educational needs is also above average. Around one in eight pupils, a below average proportion, is known to be eligible for the pupil premium. (The pupil premium is government funding targeted to support pupils entitled to free school meals, children in local authority care and children with a parent in the armed forces. additional funding from the government). The school’s recent unvalidated Key Stage 2 test results met the government floor standard, which is the minimum level expected for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Most pupils now achieve well. Since the last inspection, standards have risen rapidly in English and mathematics. Pupils enjoy being in school, they behave well and their attendance is above average. Teaching has improved and is usually good. Teachers mark pupils’ work well and provide opportunities for pupils to respond to comments on how to improve their work; as a result, pupils make good progress. The school provides many good opportunities for pupils’ spiritual, moral and social development. Consequently, the school is a calm and orderly place where discrimination is not tolerated and pupils play and learn together well. The headteacher, together with an effective staff team and good governing body, has brought about rapid improvements to the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not consistently good or better. Intensive support and challenge are provided where teaching is weaker, but more is needed in some aspects for all teaching to be good. In a few lessons teachers interrupt learning too often and do not give pupils sufficient opportunities to concentrate on their individual tasks. Similarly, teachers do not always use questioning effectively to test what pupils have understood.