New Mill Junior School

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Name New Mill Junior School
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
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Headteacher Mrs Evelyne Barrow
Address Royds Avenue, New Mill, Holmfirth, HD9 1LJ
Phone Number 01484955820
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 170
Local Authority Kirklees
Highlights from Latest Inspection
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Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Senior leaders have not been ambitious for pupils. As a result, pupils are not making good progress in reading, writing, mathematics and a range of other subjects.

Leaders have not ensured that teachers are accurate when assessing pupils' learning. Consequently, teachers do not use assessment well to set work that challenges the most able and middle-ability pupils to make good progress. Teachers' expectations are not consistently high.

This leads to pupils producing work of variable quality in reading, mathematics and especially writing. Questioning is not consistently skilful and does not deepen pupils' knowledge, sk...ills and understanding. Leaders have not made sure that the additional government funding for disadvantaged pupils is used effectively.

These pupils are not catching up quickly and are not attending well. There are too few opportunities for pupils to write at length in a wide range of subjects. As a result, writing skills are below average and pupils are not deepening their knowledge and understanding in a range of subjects.

Leaders have not been diligent in monitoring the quality of teaching across the curriculum. They have not held teachers to account for their work to ensure that pupils are making good progress. Governors have not challenged senior leaders' overgenerous views of the school.

As a result, the overall effectiveness of the school has declined. The school has the following strengths Pupils say they enjoy school. They socialise well together and care for each other.

Pupils are courteous and respectful to each other and to adults. Leaders use the physical education (PE) and sport premium funding well. Pupils enjoy PE and are active at breaktimes and lunchtimes.

Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities make good progress because they are supported well. Child protection and safeguarding procedures are of a high standard. Staff are vigilant and children are kept safe.

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized junior school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is below average. One in five pupils are disadvantaged.

Most pupils are White British. There are exceptionally few pupils who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who have support for SEN and/or disabilities is below average.

The proportion of pupils with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is above average. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school does not meet the Department for Education's definition of a coasting school based on key stage 2 academic performance results in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The school was federated with a local infant school in January 2013. The two schools are led and managed by an executive headteacher and a shared governing body. The school meets the requirements for the publication of specified information on its website.


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