St John’s C of E Academy

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About St John’s C of E Academy

Name St John’s C of E Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Mrs Joanne Peaper
Address Bowens Hill Road, Coleford, GL16 8DU
Phone Number 01594832046
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 158
Local Authority Gloucestershire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Leaders have high expectations of pupils' conduct. These are reflected in pupils' calm behaviour in classrooms, around the school and on the playground. Pupils are polite and well-mannered.

They enjoy their time at school. They make friends and learn happily together.

Pupils are well cared for and safe.

They know that if they have any worries, staff will listen and help them. Pupils say that there is no bullying but that occasionally they fall out with each other. When this happens, they appreciate the way staff help them to resolve their differences.

Pupils enjoy trips and visits in the local area. They speak enthusiastically about taking part, for ...example, in a recent archaeological dig.

Leaders promote Christian values and practice.

They give pupils time and space for prayer, reflection and praise.

Staff encourage pupils to join in and try hard. Many pupils share their ideas readily.

They are keen to participate in discussions. Other pupils need more help to express themselves confidently. They are reluctant to talk about their learning or ask for help when they need it.

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

The headteacher has a clear and determined vision for every child in the school to succeed. She has brought about improvements to many aspects of the school's work. She is supported by a cohesive and committed team of staff.

Leaders have designed the curriculum well. Each subject has a clear sequence of learning, beginning in the early years foundation stage. Teachers know what pupils should have learned at each stage.

This helps them to address any gaps arising from the interruptions to learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teachers use assessment effectively in reading, writing and mathematics. They precisely identify the next steps for pupils.

In some other subjects, assessment is not used as well. Teachers do not identify exactly what pupils know and remember. In these subjects, pupils do not build on their existing knowledge as well.

Pupils benefit from a well-designed phonics curriculum. This starts as soon as children join the Reception class. Staff carefully match the books pupils read to the sounds they have learned.

Pupils have determined and resilient attitudes towards reading. They know how to break words down into sounds and blend these to help them read.

Leaders make reading a priority across the whole school.

Teachers read to pupils every day in 'stop, drop and read' sessions. Pupils have access to books which capture their interest. Staff encourage pupils and their parents to read together at home.

The curriculum for phonics helps pupils to develop their spelling. However, as pupils complete this part of the curriculum and move on, the teaching of spelling becomes less rigorous. This means that pupils who have previously made strong gains in their spelling do not continue to do so.

Leaders identify and assess pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) accurately. Staff involve parents in planning the support for pupils. This helps the school to meet pupils' needs effectively.

As a result, pupils with SEND learn the curriculum well, working confidently alongside their peers.

Pupils work hard in lessons. They listen well to staff and follow instructions.

Pupils' learning time is not disrupted by poor behaviour. Leaders encourage pupils to attend school regularly and they do.

Staff are mindful of pupils' well-being.

They receive training in supporting pupils' emotional and mental health. Pupils learn how to keep themselves safe and well. They understand the importance of a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.

They develop awareness of possible risks, including risks online, and develop knowledge which helps them to make good decisions.

Pupils know what it means to be a responsible citizen. They learn about the principles of democracy by voting for, or being members of, the pupil council.

Pupils learn about a range of world cultures and religions. They welcome and are respectful towards people with different backgrounds.

Leaders, including governors and leaders from the trust, support and challenge the staff well.

Governors visit school often to check on the impact of plans. Staff report that leaders are considerate of their well-being and work-life balance.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have created a strong culture of safeguarding. Staff know that safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. They know how to recognise signs of abuse or neglect.

They record their concerns diligently and follow these up. Staff work effectively with other professionals and agencies.

Leaders use the curriculum to teach pupils about healthy relationships.

Pupils know what to do and whom to talk to if they experience any harassment or abuse.

Pre-employment checks on adults working within the school are carried out thoroughly.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some subjects, assessment is not used to identify pupils' misconceptions consistently well.

This slows pupils' learning. Leaders should ensure that assessment is used effectively in all subjects. ? For some pupils, the teaching of spelling is not consistently rigorous.

This can limit their ability to follow the curriculum. Leaders should raise expectations of the progress pupils can make in their spelling. ? Most pupils communicate confidently.

Some pupils, however, are reluctant to articulate their thinking. This limits their development. Leaders should support pupils to communicate confidently and clearly.

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