Merton Infant School

What is this page?

We are, a schools information website. This page is one of our school directory pages. This is not the website of Merton Infant School.

What is Locrating?

Locrating is the UK's most popular and trusted school guide; it allows you to view inspection reports, admissions data, exam results, catchment areas, league tables, school reviews, neighbourhood information, carry out school comparisons and much more. Below is some useful summary information regarding Merton Infant School.

To see all our data you need to click the blue button at the bottom of this page to view Merton Infant School on our interactive map.

About Merton Infant School

Name Merton Infant School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Larissa James
Address Romsey Close, Popley Way, Basingstoke, RG24 9HB
Phone Number 01256324507
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 2-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 203
Local Authority Hampshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection


There has been no change to this school's overall judgement of good as a result of this ungraded (section 8) inspection.

However, the evidence gathered suggests that the inspection grade might be outstanding if a graded (section 5) inspection were carried out now. The school's next inspection will be a graded inspection.

What is it like to attend this school?

This school encourages its pupils to 'aim high, achieve together'.

Pupils are extremely happy, and know they will be well cared for and learn useful knowledge and skills each day. The school's values underpin all of its work. The values help to motivate pupils to make the very most of opportunities and be determined t...o never give up.

Pupils learn extremely well and there is a buzz during lessons. The school is exceptionally inclusive. Staff give disadvantaged pupils and those who speak English as an additional language excellent opportunities and support so that they succeed.

Staff consider the specific academic, pastoral and wider experiences very carefully that these pupils need to achieve highly.

The school is exceptionally calm. Staff expect pupils to behave extremely well.

Pupils feel honoured to take on leadership roles such as school councillors or young interpreters. Pupils listen attentively to their teachers and speak to others confidently. Pupils concentrate hard on the tasks which teachers have set them.

Pupils show high levels of respect for their learning and in how they treat one another. The dinner hall is calm, while playgrounds are happy, social and active places. This positivity enables pupils to build strong, enduring friendships.

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

Pupils achieve highly, which is reflected in their outcomes at the end of key stage 1. The school provides pupils with a high-quality education and all-round development opportunities. The curriculum maps out the precise key knowledge, skills and vocabulary all pupils need to learn and remember.

Staff skilfully identify the individual needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). These pupils receive high levels of expert support from well-trained staff. This means all pupils can access the same highly ambitious curriculum.

The school prioritises reading. Pupils know and understand the school's mantra that 'reading is the most important skill'. The strong emphasis on developing pupils' language and reading begins in Reception and continues throughout key stage 1.

Teachers select interesting books that support pupils' learning within the different projects. For example, Year 2 pupils are engrossed in the book 'Grandpa's Island' as part of their study about the Titanic. The successful teaching of phonics underpins this.

Staff have meticulous knowledge of any gaps that pupils might have in phonics. The support provided to pupils to fill these gaps is highly effective. This means all pupils' reading improves considerably and rapidly, regardless of their starting points.

Staff have strong subject knowledge across the curriculum. They know exactly what to teach and when this should happen. Pupils make links to their learning across different subjects such as English, mathematics, history and art.

This helps pupils to embed their subject-specific understanding within a broader context. Staff check how well pupils have remembered what they have learned effectively. Staff provide rapid support when pupils struggle, both in lessons and as soon as possible afterwards.

This helps prevent any gaps in pupils' learning getting bigger.

Pupils behave extremely well. This starts in the Reception Year, where pupils settle into the high expectations very quickly.

Pupils of all ages work hard, take turns and show highs levels of manners and independence. They understand why it is important for everyone to have their say. Pupils are confident that adults will immediately help them if they are worried.

Pupils are also eager to support one another and help if someone needs it. Some pupils need extra support to behave. Staff implement carefully considered strategies to help these pupils make their time in school as successful as possible.

Pupils flourish due to the rich opportunities that the school provides. Almost all pupils in key stage 1 have attended at least one club this year. The variety of options pupils can choose from is considerable and pupils get a say in what clubs they would like.

This helps them to develop and pursue their talents and interests. The school's desire to support pupils who speak English as an additional language is impressive. This all creates a conducive and happy atmosphere through the school, where there is no sense of discrimination or bullying.

Staff and governors have highly effective working relationships with each other. This teamwork helps generate even better provision. They do this to help all pupils learn and flourish.

Parents recognise this commitment to their children, with one saying: 'Merton Infant School is fantastic. My child is happy, safe and thriving. The staff are fabulous and I couldn't give them better praise.'

This reflects the views of the vast majority of parents.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.


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 second ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in November 2014.

Also at this postcode
Merton Junior School

  Compare to
nearby schools