Jarrow School

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About Jarrow School

Name Jarrow School
Website http://www.jarrowschool.com/
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Jill Gillies
Address Field Terrace, Jarrow, NE32 5PR
Phone Number 01914283200
Phase Secondary
Type Foundation school
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 832
Local Authority South Tyneside
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils' personal development is an important priority for school leaders.

Staff build high-quality relationships with pupils that support this development. Staff know individual pupils' needs and work hard to support them. Staff have high expectations for pupils' behaviour and conduct.

Pupils speak politely to one another, listen to staff and are welcoming to visitors to their school.

Staff foster pupils' talents and future ambitions. Opportunities for pupils to find out about the world of work are plentiful.

Pupils studying performing arts benefit from links with local theatre professionals and free music tuition is available to all pupils.

...>Pupils are encouraged to contribute to the school community. They have roles on the student council, as 'Reading Buddies' for younger pupils and as ambassadors for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

These opportunities help pupils develop a sense of pride in their school. Pupils build strong relationships with their peers and staff. They feel happy and safe.

The school is an inclusive environment. Those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are included in all aspects of school life. Inspectors noted pupils' strong sense of social justice.

Pupils told inspectors that everyone is accepted, whatever their differences.

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

The curriculum in many subjects has been carefully planned. Leaders have thought about the knowledge and skills pupils need to acquire.

They have planned for pupils' next steps in learning and the curriculum prepares them well to move on to further study. In subjects such as English, mathematics and design and technology, leaders have linked the curriculum to pupils' possible future careers.

The curriculum is not as well developed in some subject areas as in others.

In certain subjects, such as history, leaders have not carefully considered how pupils will increase their knowledge of the subject over time. This, in part, has led to some pupils having gaps in their understanding of important topics.

Staff ask clear questions to identify what pupils do not understand in lessons.

They ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to participate in discussions. However, formal assessment across the school is less consistent. The processes staff use to identify gaps in pupils' knowledge are not as precise in some subjects as in others.

Pupils do not consistently improve their work over time. As a result, some pupils' understanding is less secure in a small number of subjects.

Pupils study a broad range of subjects across the curriculum.

However, entry to the suite of courses that make up the English Baccalaureate is significantly below the national average. Leaders have taken action to increase the uptake of these subjects. For example, pupils can now study two languages in key stage 4.

Leaders are taking action to identify pupils who need support with their literacy. Staff have received specific training to ensure they plan opportunities for reading in lessons. A number of strategies are being used to develop literacy across the school, including 'Everyone Reads in Class'.

A range of carefully selected programmes are used to monitor and develop pupils' reading.

Pupils with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who attend the 'Post-11 Centre', a specially resourced provision for pupils with SEND (specially resourced provision), have access to a broad and ambitious curriculum. Staff are aware of how to meet the needs of these pupils.

Learning tasks and activities provide strong support for pupils from their different starting points.

The behaviour and attitudes of pupils at the school are a strength. Lessons are rarely disrupted by poor behaviour.

Staff have high expectations of pupils' behaviour. These are supported by the 'BRIGHT' rewards programme. Pupils value the recognition the rewards provide.

Rates of suspensions are low. Bullying and inappropriate language are not tolerated. However, some younger pupils had less confidence that issues of bullying would be dealt with quickly by staff.

The curriculum for personal development permeates all areas of school life. Pupils have a clear understanding of British values and what it means to be responsible citizens. This is reflected in their attitudes to their education and the school community.

A broad careers education meets the Baker Clause.

Leaders have established clear targets for school improvement. They have planned opportunities for staff to develop and share best practice.

Staff spoke highly of the personal and professional support leaders give them. Governors support and challenge school leaders well. Governors also monitor their own effectiveness and have a clear focus on how their work is improving outcomes for young people.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders are aware of the wide range of needs within the school. They work closely with pupils, parents and external agencies to ensure pupils are safe and well supported.

Staff are aware of the risks to pupils. They know who to speak to and have confidence their concerns will be acted upon.

Records show that support for vulnerable pupils is timely and appropriate.

Additional staff have been employed to ensure all pupils receive the most appropriate support. Leaders ensure that staff receive ongoing training connected to safeguarding. In addition, there are termly bulletins and regular briefings to highlight safeguarding issues for staff.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• The school's curriculum is not yet sufficiently well planned and sequenced in some subjects. For example, in history, leaders have not carefully considered the important knowledge they want pupils to learn over time. However, it is clear from leaders' actions that they are in the process of bringing about improvements.

Leaders need to complete the process of developing a thoughtfully planned curriculum in a timely fashion which meets the needs of all pupils. For this reason, the transitional arrangements have been applied. ? Some staff are not using assessment information with sufficient precision.

As a result, they are not addressing gaps in pupils' knowledge as quickly as they should. Leaders must take steps to ensure effective and consistent use of assessment across the school. They must train staff to use assessment information precisely to inform the next steps in their teaching.

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