Jessop Primary School

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About Jessop Primary School

Name Jessop Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Ms Andrea Parker
Address Lowden Road, Herne Hill, London, SE24 0BJ
Phone Number 02072742333
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 323
Local Authority Lambeth
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Jessop Primary School is a welcoming and caring community where pupils are happy, safe and thrive.

All pupils benefit from the nurturing approach to their education and development, founded on strong relationships. Pupils play an important part in shaping their school through the many opportunities provided for them to lead and be active citizens.

The curriculum is meticulously designed and ambitious for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

This ensures that pupils are fully engaged in their learning and motivated to achieve well.

Pupils' behaviour is exemplary and shines through in the positive and r...espectful interactions they have with their peers and staff. This is because the school sets consistently high expectations, from early years onwards, that pupils are eager to meet.

Pupils learn the importance of kindness and curiosity. As such, pupils enjoy coming to school each day, and their attendance is high.

The extensive range of wider experiences is carefully planned to enhance pupils' learning and encourage pupils to be ambitious about their futures.

Talents are quickly identified and nurtured so that the unique strengths of pupils are celebrated. Pupils are keen to explore new possibilities, and no pupil misses out.

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

The curriculum is detailed, highly ambitious and goes beyond what is expected nationally.

The school has identified precisely what it expects all pupils to learn and when. This begins in early years, where knowledge and skills are carefully sequenced so that pupils master concepts progressively. For example, in Spanish, children in early years begin to practise and secure basic vocabulary.

This supports older pupils to communicate different topics using a range of vocabulary and grammatical structures.

Teachers are highly skilled in delivering the curriculum. They have strong subject knowledge and consistently provide learning activities that help pupils to know more and remember more.

This is because they are provided with regular, high-quality training from subject experts across the federation. Teachers regularly check pupils' learning. This ensures that any errors and misconceptions are swiftly addressed.

As a result, learning is securely embedded so that pupils achieve strong outcomes and are well equipped for the next stage of their education.

Teachers know the needs and abilities of their pupils very well. This begins with swift identification in early years of children who would benefit from targeted support.

Teachers make appropriate use of resources and targeted strategies. As such, all pupils, including those with SEND, are nurtured to be confident learners, accessing an equally ambitious curriculum.There is a strong emphasis on developing children's early communication and language.

Adults typically maximise the opportunities to reinforce the intended learning by actively engaging with children in discussion. The school places a strong emphasis on developing language and a love of reading. Books are carefully selected, and the development of vocabulary is well mapped in the curriculum.

The approach to teaching early reading begins in Nursery and continues until pupils are confident and capable readers. The teaching of phonics is meticulously led and delivered by well-trained staff. Pupils at the early stage of reading are provided with timely and effective help that ensures they are well supported to catch up.

The emphasis placed on pupils' wider development is exceptional. The school ensures that pupils understand how to be healthy, respectful and to value diversity. Pupils are encouraged to pursue interests and to embrace new experiences.

For example, all pupils are taught to play an instrument and participate in a residential visit by the time they leave the school. Pupils value the range of outings and additional activities provided. They are particularly enthusiastic about the opportunity to explore different career possibilities and to take on leadership roles.

This supports pupils to understand the value of being active citizens and regularly share their views that shape their school. For example, pupils sit on the school council and take on responsibility to look after and support younger pupils. The ambitious curriculum is further enriched through visits from poets, artists and musicians.

Leaders, including those responsible for governance, are relentlessly ambitious for their pupils and wider community. Pupils' learning and development sits at the heart of the decisions leaders make. There is a strong culture of continuous school improvement, which is strengthened by the work of the federation.

Staff are rightly proud to work here and feel very well supported in their roles. They value the emphasis placed on their ongoing professional development and the regard shown for their workload and well-being.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

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