Thames Ditton Junior School

Name Thames Ditton Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 March 2014
Address Mercer Close, Thames Ditton, Surrey, KT7 0BS
Phone Number 02083983039
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 431 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 4.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.3%
Persisitent Absence 3.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

The school is an above average-sized junior school and has a specialist centre (Special Support Centre), currently providing education for twelve pupils. The vast majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is very much smaller than the national average. A few pupils join the school each year part-way through their primary education. About one in 16 pupils is eligible for the pupil premium. This provides additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those from service families; this is well below the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is less than average. The proportion supported at school action plus or through a statement of special educational needs is broadly average. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ achievement is good. Many pupils enter the school with above average attainment. By the time they leave, their attainment in reading, writing and mathematics is consistently well above national averages. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, in classrooms and in the special support centre, make good progress, particularly in Years 5 and 6. Teaching is typically good and often outstanding. As a result, almost all pupils enjoy their learning and make good and sometimes outstanding progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils’ behaviour around the school is exemplary and is typically good in most classrooms. Almost all pupils have positive attitudes to learning and enjoy their lessons. Safeguarding is outstanding. Pupils say they feel safe and happy in school and their well-being is given high priority by all staff and governors. The headteacher, with strong and effective support from his deputy and the attentive governing body, has driven necessary improvements with firmness yet sensitivity over the past two years. This work is having the intended impact and has resulted in significant improvements in both teaching and in pupils’ achievements It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some teaching requires improvement in order to raise achievement even further. Some subject leaders are not yet adequately fulfilling their role of checking how well their subjects are taught and how well pupils are learning it.