Swaffham CofE Junior Academy


Name Swaffham CofE Junior Academy
Website http://www.swaffhamjuniorschool.com/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 06 March 2018
Address Brandon Road, Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 7EA
Phone Number 01760721831
Type Academy
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 238 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.5
Academy Sponsor The Diocese Of Norwich Education And Academies Trust
Local Authority Norfolk
Percentage Free School Meals 26.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.2%

Information about this school

Swaffham CE Junior Academy converted to become an academy school on 1 March 2015. The school is part of the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT). This is a below average-sized primary school. The proportions of pupils who speak English as an additional language, or who are of minority ethnic heritage, is below the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils for whom the school receives additional funding through the pupil premium is above the national average. The proportions of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is above the national average. The school meets the current government floor standards.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The multi-academy trust and local governing body have provided good support. They have collaboratively worked with school leaders to raise standards and improve outcomes for pupils. The headteacher’s commitment and determination have secured improvements over time. Ably supported by her leadership team, she has ensured that there has been a relentless drive towards school improvement. Systems for tracking and assessing pupil progress are robust. Leaders use this information well to identify priorities to improve pupil achievement. Leaders promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well. The school’s core values, respect, challenge and teamwork are known well by pupils and are inherent within teaching and learning across the school. Support for pupils’ well-being is a strength of the school. The nurturing environment and the precise support for pupils and families ensures that the most vulnerable pupils receive the support they need and are consequently prepared for their learning. The quality of teaching and learning and assessment is good across the school. Teachers’ subject knowledge is strong. As a result, most pupils make good progress and are better prepared for their next stage in education. Disadvantaged pupils receive effective support and are currently making progress broadly in line with other pupils nationally. Although attendance for current pupils is in line with the national average, 2017 information shows that persistent absence for a very few pupils is high. Teachers do not yet provide enough opportunities to ensure that all pupils, particularly the most able, are challenged sufficiently. Therefore, not enough pupils reach the higher standards in reading, writing and mathematics. Although progress in reading and writing is improving, teaching and learning is not always precise enough to support pupils to improve their vocabulary and language skills sufficiently to secure attainment in line with national average.