Maidenbower Junior School

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About Maidenbower Junior School

Name Maidenbower Junior School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Simon Pike
Address Harvest Road, Maidenbower, Crawley, RH10 7RA
Phone Number 01293883758
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 566
Local Authority West Sussex
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Maidenbower Junior School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Leaders and staff know every pupil in this large school. They strive to ensure that the school is as fully inclusive as possible.

Relationships between adults and pupils are a strength. Pupils feel safe. They know that adults have time for them and listen to their concerns.

Pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), are enthusiastic learners. They work hard and concentrate well in lessons. Pupils know their teachers have high expectations of them and rise to the challenge.

Classrooms are calm because pupils behave exceptionally we...ll. Those pupils who do struggle with their behaviour receive the support that they need. Pupils enjoy playing with their friends.

Year 6 peer mediators support pupils on the playground. In addition, pupils know that adults will deal with any incidents of bullying.

Pupils value the opportunities they have to take on roles of responsibility.

The Year 6 sports crew encourages and supports younger pupils as they take part in the half-termly Maidenbower mile run. The junior leaders team thinks creatively about how to raise money. For example, Year 6 running the mile dressed in their pyjamas to raise funds for the Swanage residential.

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

Leaders and governors have high ambitions for all groups of pupils, especially pupils with SEND. They have developed a broad curriculum that engages and interests pupils. Leaders make clear what all pupils need to know and remember.

Teachers ensure that lessons build on what pupils have already learned in school. When they introduce new learning they check that pupils understand. Pupils with SEND receive effective support.

When necessary, teachers adapt tasks to ensure that these pupils follow the same learning as their peers. Teachers review pupils' learning at the end of each lesson. This enables them to put in support for those who are not yet confident.

They revisit learning where necessary, so that pupils keep up and are ready for the new learning. Teachers identify pupils who need further practise to secure their understanding of key curriculum content.

Leaders know that pupils must be fluent readers in order to access the whole curriculum.

A new approach to the teaching of reading has enabled pupils to study a wide range of quality texts. Through reading these texts pupils learn the key skills they need to become experts in reading. Alongside these texts, pupils select an appropriate reading book that interests them.

This approach, as well as being read to daily, is developing their love for reading. However, leaders know that some pupils in the lower years are struggling to become fluent readers. The school's support for these pupils is not effective in helping them to catch up quickly enough.

Leaders have bought a systematic phonics programme to strengthen the support for these pupils. However, it is not yet fully embedded.

Leaders are knowledgeable about the barriers to learning experienced by pupils with SEND.

Procedures are in place to quickly identify pupils who need support. Staff are well trained to meet the needs of pupils. Pupils with SEND, particularly those who attend the resource base, are fully included in the daily life of the school.

Pupils' behaviour is exemplary in lessons and as they move around the school. During lessons they listen well, concentrate and cooperate with each other. They are respectful to both adults and peers.

Leaders ensure that pupils learn about different religions and cultures and visit different places of worship. Pupils are taught to recognise and respect differences. Across the school, pupils are encouraged to become champions for their religion.

Leaders organise a careers fair for Year 6 to widen pupils' knowledge of the different employment routes available to them. Pupils enjoy the many after-school clubs and school trips which leaders organise.

Staff feel truly well supported and valued by leaders.

They appreciate the opportunities for their professional development and the strong emphasis leaders place on their well-being.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

There is a strong culture of safeguarding across the school.

Leaders have ensured that staff are well trained to recognise signs that might be a concern. Staff know the procedures they need to follow if they are worried about a pupil. Leaders make sure that pupils and their families promptly receive the support they need.

Leaders have developed a safeguarding curriculum, so that pupils can learn to recognise and understand how to keep themselves safe out of school. For example, across the school pupils know not to make friends with strangers online.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Support for pupils who are still learning to read is not fully effective.

Some pupils are not catching up quickly enough to become fluent, competent readers. Leaders need to ensure that these pupils receive high-quality support and guidance and read books that are appropriately matched to their reading knowledge.


When we have judged a school to be good we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in May 2017.

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