Marnel Junior School

Name Marnel Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 06 July 2016
Address Shetland Road, Popley Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 9PT
Phone Number 01256328670
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 407 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.2
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 24.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 15.7%
Persisitent Absence 12.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a slightly larger than average junior school where the majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding for those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and for children looked after) is twice the national average. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is just below that found nationally. Three pupils attend the local pupil referral unit for three afternoons a week. The school meets the current government’s floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The school’s website is compliant and meets the requirements for the publication of specific information.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher leads the school with conviction and passion. She has taken decisive action to improve the school since her appointment in 2013. Pupils attain well. Standards in 2016 in reading, writing and mathematics are above average. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education. Disadvantaged pupils are now achieving well because leaders have taken effective action to ensure that these pupils catch up. Leaders use the new assessment system to rigorously evaluate the school’s strengths and areas that require further attention. Governors exercise good oversight of the school. They ensure that funding is spent soundly and they are ambitious for the school to progress. The curriculum is lively and interesting. Pupils are excited and enthusiastic about learning because : they enjoy the wide range of topics that they study. Pupils attend regularly and enjoy being in school. They work well with each other and with their teachers. Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain because they have a good understanding of the values of the school and make a strong contribution to their community. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some teachers are not yet stretching the most able often enough, especially in mathematics and writing. Fewer pupils than expected achieve the required standard in spelling. A number of parents lack confidence in the school’s leaders, despite recent improvements made.