Lady Jane Grey Primary School

Name Lady Jane Grey Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 25 February 2015
Address Wolsey Close, Groby, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE6 0ZA
Phone Number 01162320031
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 213 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.3
Academy Sponsor Lady Jane Grey Primary School
Local Authority Leicestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 0.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7%
Persisitent Absence 3.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The academy is slightly smaller than the average-sized primary phased academies or schools. The large majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. A small minority come from minority ethnic groups. Few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils for whom the pupil premium provides support is below average. This is additional funding to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and looked after children. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is average. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6. The academy is part of various networks with other academies and schools. These partnerships provide opportunities for joint staff training and professional development for leaders. The early years provision comprises a Reception class for four-year-olds, who all attend full-time. Senior leaders have an arrangement for alternative provision with Dorothy Goodman Special School who they send a few pupils to on a part-time basis. The academy runs its own breakfast club that is managed by the governing body. There has been some staffing turbulence in the last three years at senior leadership level. Due to the success of the school prior to becoming an academy, a number of senior leaders have left the academy following promotion. Consequently, the headteacher has regularly recruited new members of the senior leadership team. Also, the Early Years Foundation Stage Leader is currently on maternity leave and has been replaced by the former deputy headteacher who has returned to the academy following her maternity leave. The Academy’s Home School Association (HSA) organises events to raise additional funds for the academy. Lady Jane Grey Academy converted to become an academy on October 1 2012. When its predecessor school, Lady Jane Grey Primary School was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be outstanding overall.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The headteacher, ably supported by other senior leaders, provides outstanding leadership. The quality of teaching in Key Stages 1 and 2 is outstanding. Pupils’ achievement is outstanding. Pupils make strong progress from their starting points and attain standards that are above average by the end of Year 6. The leader responsible for disabled pupils and those with special educational needs ensures that these pupils are provided with high quality support. As a result, they make similar rates of progress to others in the academy. Disadvantaged pupils make as strong progress as their classmates. The most-able pupils are provided with sufficiently challenging work. The proportions attaining the higher levels at the end of Key Stage 2 are above average. From when children start the academy, adults engage parents and carers well in supporting their child’s education. Parents are appreciative of the number of after-hours clubs that the academy provides. Pupils enjoy coming to the academy and this is reflected in the high rates of attendance. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. Pupils demonstrate positive attitudes to learning and are keen to do well. Arrangements for safeguarding pupils’ well-being are outstanding. Consequently, pupils say that they feel extremely safe in the academy because of the high levels of care and guidance offered by adults. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is well promoted. Pupils have a very good understanding of those from different faiths and cultures. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education as well as for life in modern Britain. Senior leaders make highly effective use of the primary sports funding. Pupils have access to a wide range of sporting opportunities, especially competitive sport. The academy has a tradition of sporting excellence. Governance is outstanding. Governors’ checks on the rate of improvement are detailed and regular. They are in a strong position in which to hold leaders to account. They have been successful in ensuring that standards continue to rise. Children make a good start to their education in the Reception class due to good quality teaching. Children’s skills in writing however, are slightly less developed than those in reading and mathematics when they start Year 1.