Gorse Ride Junior School

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About Gorse Ride Junior School

Name Gorse Ride Junior School
Website http://www.gorserideschools.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Eileen Rogers
Address Gorse Ride South, Finchampstead, Wokingham, RG40 4JJ
Phone Number 01189732666
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 218
Local Authority Wokingham
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils thoroughly enjoy attending Gorse Ride Junior School.

It is a happy, calm and caring school. Leaders' vision for pupils to grow, respect and succeed underpins the pupils' day. There are high expectations for pupils to achieve well, and they enthusiastically strive to do so.

Staff go out of their way to make sure pupils develop a broad range of interests and talents. Teachers know each pupil's learning and development really well.

Pupils say that staff treat them kindly and that there is mutual respect.

Classroom behaviour is attentive because teachers make their expectations crystal clear. Pupils' friendly behaviour makes breaktimes enjoyable. ...There are lunchtime clubs to attend, equipment to play on and lots to do.

There are few reported incidents of bullying. Pupils know to tell an adult if it does happen. Adults are thorough when dealing with pupils' concerns.

Pupils and parents praise the school for its safe and caring ethos.

Pupils readily take on responsibilities, such as being a school ambassador. They are thoughtful towards others.

Pupils understand that everyone is different. One pupil summed up the school's approach by saying proudly, 'We include everyone.'

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

Leaders have worked relentlessly to turn this school around.

The curriculum now supports all pupils to learn what they need to know in every subject. Teachers are clear about the content and the order in which to introduce new knowledge. They use assessment well to guide their decision-making.

Staff are adept at quickly identifying pupils who fall behind. For example, following the partial closures due to COVID-19, teachers made detailed assessments of pupils' needs in English and mathematics and used this information to provide tailored help for pupils to catch up.

Leaders are determined that every pupil will read fluently.

A school-wide focus on vocabulary develops pupils' language and reading comprehension. Pupils who need support have daily practice from the school's expert teaching team. As a result, all early readers use phonics as their 'go-to' strategy when reading unfamiliar words.

Rightly, these pupils are proud of their progress.

High-quality literature inspires pupils' reading and writing. Pupils relish the books their teachers read with them.

Pupils learn how to write their own interesting texts. By Year 6, pupils write with confidence, using grammar with increasing precision. In mathematics too, fluency is strongly promoted.

Pupils learn their times tables and develop automatic recall. This supports their confidence to solve complex problems.

Leaders have designed the curriculum so that every pupil can enjoy success.

Some foundation subjects are further forward than others because they have been in place for longer. In these subjects, pupils are challenged by ambitious learning activities which focus on building their knowledge. An impressive example was the Year 6 project to design and make slippers for a residential visit.

Skilful support enables pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to participate fully in lessons. Wherever possible, they achieve in line with the rest of the class. However, in a few subjects, pupils do not have enough opportunity to deepen their learning.

Provision is less effective for a very small number of pupils with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. Their behaviour is well managed, but their learning needs are sometimes not met successfully. The school is developing support for this pupil group.

Pupils' contributions to the school are highly valued. An example of this is the eco-committee, which aspires to make a positive environmental impact. Teachers listen to pupils' ideas.

Pupils inspired a school-wide interest in Black History. Everyone learned the impact of famous contributions, such as those made by Rosa Parks.

Teachers are proud to be part of the school's remarkable teamwork.

They appreciate leaders' support to manage their work-life balance. Teachers assert that access to training has improved their practice. Highly skilled governors know the school well and maintain a strategic overview.

They make purposeful checks on the impact of the school's priorities.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

All staff are trained to identify and report safeguarding concerns.

The designated leader ensures that everyone is kept up to date. Safeguarding leaders respond quickly to any concern and make well-informed decisions about what needs to happen next. Strong relationships with social care and other agencies ensure that children and their families get the help they need.

Leaders communicate effectively with families, carers and partner agencies.

School staff keep a careful eye on vulnerable pupils to check their well-being. Pupils learn relevant safeguarding themes within the curriculum that help them stay safe both online and in their community.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• The curriculum is not implemented as effectively in some subjects as it is in others. Consequently, pupils do not build their skills and knowledge deeply in these subjects. Leaders need to refine how they deliver the curriculum still further so that pupils' knowledge in all subjects is of a high quality.

• Provision is not tailored precisely enough for a small minority of pupils with SEMH needs who find it hard to regulate their behaviour. As a result, these pupils are not accessing learning effectively. Leaders need to strengthen their approach to help pupils with this level of need learn as well as their peers.

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