|Name||Mount Stewart Junior School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||10 October 2012|
|Address||Mount Stewart Avenue, Kenton, Harrow, HA3 0JX|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||382 (53% boys 47% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.3|
|Percentage Free School Meals||11%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||83.8%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
Information about this school
Mount Stewart is larger than the average-sized junior school. Most pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds, and most of these speak English as an additional language. The largest ethnic minority group is Asian Indian. A below average proportion of pupils are eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for looked after children and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below average but the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school exceeds the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The headteacher was appointed in September 2011, and the deputy headteacher in September 2012. The school shares the same site with an infant school. It also shares a breakfast club with the infant school but as this is managed by the other school, it did not form part of the inspection.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school The confident and determined headteacher has worked closely with staff, governors and parents to build an uncompromising vision of a successful school at the heart of its community, and within a short time has gained the confidence and commitment of all. The result is a harmonious and cohesive school community. Teaching is outstanding and, as a result, pupils make outstanding progress in reading, writing and mathematics. By the time they reach Year 6, pupils do much better than their peers nationally in English and mathematics. Overall, they do extremely well. Pupils from different groups, including disabled pupils, those with special educational needs, those with additional funding under pupil premium and those who speak English as an additional language, make better than expected progress. High standards are expected for behaviour, and pupils show very positive attitudes towards their learning and behave extremely well. They enjoy being at school, feel safe, and take full advantage of the many opportunities given to them through clubs and visits. The excellent range of topics and themes contributes to the pupils’ strong social skills, their sensitive moral awareness and the care and respect they show to each other. Marking and feedback to pupils are strong in English and mathematics, but less effective in other subjects. This is because teachers do not assess specific skills in these subjects often enough.