This is an outstanding school The headteacher is innovative, inspirational and uncompromising in her pursuit of excellence.
She is extremely well supported by an equally dedicated and highly effective deputy headteacher. Together they have built a team that has raised pupils' achievement rapidly and sustainably over time. Standards of attainment at the school are outstanding in a wide range of subjects, including in English and mathematics.
Pupils' progress accelerates through the school and by the time pupils leave Year 6, outcomes in mathematics, reading and writing and in grammar, punctuation and spelling are significantly above the national average. Teachi...ng is exciting and challenging. Teachers ensure that pupils gain a deep understanding of the skills and knowledge they need.
The work in pupils' books demonstrates that their gains in attainment are rapid and secure across a wide range of subjects. The innovative and demanding curriculum supports pupils to not only grow intellectually but also meets their spiritual, social, moral and cultural development needs deeply. As a result, all groups of pupils, including disadvantaged pupils, are exceptionally well prepared for the next stage of their education.
Subject and team leaders are equally effective as senior leaders in challenging their colleagues to improve the impact of their work. As a result, the same commitment and drive to support pupils are seen in classrooms across the school. Leaders support teachers and teaching assistants to gain professional skills and improve their practice through many opportunities for training and development.
Teachers use this training very effectively to ensure that pupils meet their personal targets. The pupils are the best advert for the school's vision for education. In their books, in their behaviour and in their attitudes to learning, they fully reflect leaders' ambition to develop lifelong learners.
Pupils value their school and their teachers highly. The assessment systems adopted by school leaders are relatively new. While they are effective in supporting teachers to plan for pupils' learning needs, they are not yet refined enough to give leaders the precise information they seek to accelerate progress even further.
The governing body is knowledgeable and skilled in supporting the school's leaders. Governors know the school well and set challenging targets to bring about continuous improvement. As a new trust, governors have yet to build systems for self-review.
Information about this school
The school is larger than the average-sized junior school. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above average.
The proportion of pupils supported through a statement of special educational needs or through an education, health and care plan is average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is above average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority.
Humberstone Junior Academy converted to become an academy school in August2013. When its predecessor school, Humberstone Junior School, was last inspected, it was judged to be good. The school works in partnership with various organisations and offers support to other local schools and schools in other parts of the country.
The headteacher is a local leader of education and two senior leaders are specialist leaders of education. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which are the minimum requirements for pupils' attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.