Overchurch Junior School

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About Overchurch Junior School

Name Overchurch Junior School
Ofsted Inspections
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Mrs Anne Sheridan
Address Moreton Road, Upton, Wirral, CH49 4NS
Phone Number 01516774150
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Wirral
Highlights from Latest Inspection
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils cross the school's threshold eagerly. They are ready to face the day ahead. Pupils enjoy all that the school has to offer, whether this is acting as a play leader, working on the school's allotment or spending time with Tilly, the school dog.

They are delighted that the usual after-school clubs and trips are back on the agenda following the lull imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pupils' courteous and considerate behaviour makes the school a welcoming and safe place to be. They follow the school rules without fuss or complaint.

Pupils are comfortable and relaxed in each other's company. They show respect to everyone they meet. Pupils view the difference...s between people as something to celebrate, not as a reason to be unkind.

Pupils trust the adults who care for them. They know that staff will listen to them and treat them equally. Pupils are confident that staff will deal with any incidents of bullying, name-calling or poor behaviour fairly and effectively.

Leaders and staff have raised their expectations of what pupils can achieve. However, pupils' progress is uneven across subjects. This is because, over time, the curriculum does not help them to know and remember more.

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

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders have brought about many positive changes to the school. For example, pupils' achievement in some subjects, such as mathematics, is much stronger than it was at the previous inspection. There is much to celebrate.

Staff are all on board. They appreciate all that leaders do to avoid excessive workloads. However, the journey to securing a good quality of education for all pupils is not at an end.

Currently, pupils' academic success is patchy across subjects and year groups.

The revised curriculum matches the ambition of the national curriculum and meets the needs and interests of all pupils. In some subjects, leaders have made sure that teachers fully understand what content should be taught and emphasised.

Essential knowledge is carefully introduced, revisited and checked. Pupils gain secure foundations on which to build new learning. For example, earlier learning ensures that older pupils use grammar, vocabulary and sentence structure confidently and accurately in their written work.

This positive picture is not replicated elsewhere. In other subjects, the key knowledge that pupils should learn, and the order in which it should be taught, are both unclear. Subject leaders have not ensured that teachers have sufficient guidance to help pupils know and remember more.

This results in superficial learning. Pupils can talk about what they did in subjects, but they are unable to recall what they have learned. Pupils' ability to build on what they know and can do is stifled.

Reading enjoys centre stage in the school's curriculum. Pupils read often and they have access to a broad range of quality texts. Even so, the reading curriculum is muddled.

Teachers rely too heavily on resources and strategies as a substitute for a clear reading curriculum. This hampers pupils' reading proficiency. The early reading programme is not helping pupils to catch up quickly enough.

This is because staff are not well equipped to enable pupils to crack the phonics code. Staff allow those pupils who find reading difficult too much free rein when selecting books. This hinders their fluency, confidence and enjoyment.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are fully included in the life of the school. Their learning needs are identified accurately and known by staff. This means that resources are carefully shaped to help these pupils access the same curriculum as their classmates.

Pupils with SEND achieve as well as others in the school.

Pupils are keen learners. They are willing to try their best.

They move seamlessly from different activities, following teachers' instructions quickly and without fault. Lessons are unhindered by poor behaviour.

The school's 'RESPECT' values are so well ingrained that they are part and parcel of everyday life.

Pupils genuinely understand how to treat each other, regardless of any differences. They are keen to play their part in the school community and beyond the school gates, acting as school counsellors, subject ambassadors and donating money to those less fortunate than themselves. Pupils are very well prepared to make a positive contribution to British society.

Members of the governing body have reviewed their roles and responsibilities. They have also accessed training to become better equipped to offer leaders informed support and challenge.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

All staff are suitably trained to spot the signs that may indicate a pupil is at risk of harm. Leaders act swiftly on any concerns, working with a range of external partners, to ensure that pupils and their families get the help that they need.

Pupils are taught how to keep themselves safe within their own community and further afield.

They know how to manage the risks when working and playing online. Older pupils understand how to report any concerns that they may have about someone invading their personal space or behaving in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable.

What does the school need to do to improve?

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• The reading curriculum is driven by strategies and resources rather than a structured approach to help pupils learn what they should.

This hinders some pupils from reading as accurately and as fluently as they could. Pupils at the early stages of reading are not catching up quickly enough because the staff who support them do not have the expertise to teach phonics. Leaders should review their reading offer to ensure that teachers understand the key knowledge that pupils should gain.

They should also ensure that all staff involved in the teaching of reading, especially those who teach early readers, have the skills and knowledge that they need to help pupils master the phonics code. ? The essential knowledge that pupils need to know and the order in which this is taught has not been carefully considered in some curriculum subjects. This means that pupils do not have secure knowledge on which to build as they move through topics and year groups.

Leaders should revisit the curriculum for these subjects to ensure that the content is well ordered and the key knowledge is clearly identified. ? Some subject leaders have had too little influence in ensuring that pupils benefit from an effective curriculum. They have not provided teachers with enough subject-specific guidance to deliver the curriculum.

This means that too much is left to chance and pupils' achievement across subjects and year groups is patchy. Subject leaders should ensure that the curriculum is implemented effectively. Senior leaders should make sure that all subject leaders support teachers, so that they have the knowledge that they need to help pupils know and remember more.

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