Reigate Priory Community Junior School

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Reigate Priory Community Junior School


Name Reigate Priory Community Junior School
Website http://www.reigate-priory.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 04 July 2012
Address Bell Street, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 7RL
Phone Number 01737245065
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 622 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.9
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 4.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.9%
Persisitent Absence 3.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Reigate Priory is a much larger than average sized junior school. It is housed in an 800-year-old Grade 1 listed building, surrounded by an extensive park, giving it a unique character. The majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. Very few pupils are known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is lower than that seen nationally, including the number on school action plus or with statements of special educational needs. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. There is an after-school club, which is run independently of the school and was not part of this inspection.

Key findings

Reigate Priory is an outstanding school where pupils’ achievement is excellent and their efforts are consistently recognised and rewarded. Pupils make outstanding progress and are prepared exceptionally well for the next stage of their education. Pupils’ attainment is significantly, and consistently, above average by the time they leave the school. Pupils enjoy their whole time in the school and their attendance is consistently high. The behaviour and attitudes of the pupils are exemplary and the school is zealous in ensuring that pupils are safe and secure. The overall quality of teaching is outstanding. Teachers are passionate about their teaching and use skilful questioning to challenge pupils and make them think. In particular, the careful planning observed showed how well pupils’ confidence and skills in, and passion for, reading are enhanced as they move up the school. The excellent curriculum provides many memorable experiences for the pupils including long educational visits in every year group, charitable fundraising, sport, music and drama. These successfully promote their mature appreciation of spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues. The school leaders have rightly identified that the school does not do enough to prepare pupils for living and working in a culturally diverse United Kingdom. The senior leadership team works exceptionally well together, under the exemplary leadership of the headteacher, and has a very clear understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for improvement. This has embedded and built on the outstanding quality of all aspects of the school since the previous inspection. The rigorous attention of senior staff on the quality of teaching, an extremely effective programme of staff performance review and focused staff training mean the school is extremely well placed to continue to adapt and improve in the future.