Juniper Hill School

Name Juniper Hill School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 May 2012
Address Churchill Close, Flackwell Heath, High Wycombe, HP10 9LA
Phone Number 01628523536
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 422 (50.5% boys 49.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.4
Local Authority Buckinghamshire
Percentage Free School Meals 4.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.1%
Persisitent Absence 3.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 4.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection

Information about the school

This is a much larger than average-sized primary school and is oversubscribed. Most pupils are of White British heritage, with a small number from a range of minority ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs varies from year to year but is above the national average. However, the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is well below the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school has Additional Resource Provision for 10 pupils with physical disabilities. The school has achieved a number of external accreditations, including Healthy Schools status.

Key findings

This continues to be a good school. The management team have built upon the school’s many strengths and developed teaching and learning, and the opportunities for pupils, especially those with physical disabilities, to be fully included and devised new systems for assessing academic progress. It is not yet outstanding because there is still some variability in the quality of teaching and learning. Achievement and progress are good. Pupils in Year 6 are working at levels that are well above the expected standard in English and mathematics, and more pupils are beginning to attain highly. Target setting is well developed so that pupils understand what they need to do next to improve their work. Teaching is good, with an increasing amount of outstanding practice. Teachers have raised the levels of challenge and enjoyment during lessons by increasing the opportunities for pupils of all abilities, especially higher attainers, to work independently or in small groups to solve problems and explore their own ideas. However, on some occasions, teachers miss opportunities to allow pupils to work in this way, thus holding back their progress. Pupils behave well and display positive attitudes towards their work, each other and adults in the school. They know and understand the school’s expectations and most behave extremely well. They are good learners who concentrate and persevere. Pupils are safe and happy at school, confident that any inappropriate behaviour will be dealt with swiftly and fairly. Their attendance is above average. The senior leadership provides clear vision for driving improvement that is shared by all staff. Teamwork is strong, and the school’s partnership with parents and carers is effective in supporting pupils’ learning. The leadership of teaching and the management of performance are effective and lead to well-targeted professional development. The good curriculum is designed well to help pupils, whatever their need or ability, do their best.

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