Southbourne Junior School

Name Southbourne Junior School
Ofsted Inspections
Address New Road, Southbourne, Emsworth, PO10 8JX
Phone Number 01243375878
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 233 (50.2% boys 49.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.8
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 11.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.4%
Persistent Absence 8.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.3%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

Southbourne Junior School is smaller than the average-sized primary school.

It shares the site with Southbourne Infant School. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is lower than the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is below the national average.

The headteacher was appointed in January 2016. Since the previous inspection the school has created extra facilities, such as the food technology room. The school meets the government’s current floor standards.

These are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders and governors have had a positive impact on improving the quality of teaching and pupils’ outcomes. Leaders are aware of the school’s strengths and the areas still to develop.

Governors have a good understanding of their roles, which they fulfil with commitment. They continually look for ways to improve the school. Parents praise the fact that staff are very approachable.

They like the regular information that they receive about their child’s personal and academic progress. Teaching is good. Staff plan lessons carefully to build on pupils’ prior learning.

This enables pupils in all year groups to make strong progress from their starting points. In Year 6 last year the percentage of pupils reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics exceeded the national average. Leaders have designed an exciting curriculum.

It makes good use of the local rural and coastal environment to bring pupils’ learning to life. Pupils say that they feel safe in the school. Personal development and behaviour are good.

Pupils are considerate of others. Attendance is similar to the national average. Leadership recently developed a new assessment system that tracks each pupil’s progress precisely.

The system is used effectively by teachers. However, it does not yet provide governors with a clear oversight as to how groups of pupils are progressing in the different year groups. Teachers do not always provide challenging work for the most able pupils to reach the highest standards in writing and mathematics.