The Minster Junior School

Name The Minster Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Warrington Road, Croydon, CR0 4BH
Phone Number 02086885844
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 437 (50.8% boys 49.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.0
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 36.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 53.5%
Persisitent Absence 9.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 22.2%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (25 September 2018)
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Information about this school

Minster Junior School is a larger-than-average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is higher than the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils who are known to be eligible for pupil premium funding is above the national average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher and deputy headteacher provide determined and ambitious leadership. They are well supported by senior leaders, and they know the school well. As a result, teaching and outcomes have improved and are now good. Subject leaders are motivated and well informed. They understand pupils’ strengths and weaknesses in their subjects. Since the last inspection, teaching has improved. Where teaching is strongest, pupils make excellent progress. However, due to staff turnover, some inconsistencies remain. The proportion of pupils who achieve the expected and higher standards in reading, writing and mathematics has improved over the past two years. Pupils make good progress from their starting points. Provisional outcomes in 2018 suggest that this trend is continuing. Disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, make strong progress. Pupils are polite, well mannered and show respect to each other and adults. Behaviour in lessons and around the school is outstanding. Leaders have developed a well-balanced curriculum that offers pupils a range of opportunities. However, a deepening of the curriculum will allow pupils to further develop their expertise. Promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is very effective, ensuring that pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain. As a result, pupils have a very strong understanding of how to be a good citizen, both locally and globally. Governors understand the school. They know the strengths and what areas need further improvement. Their regular visits to the school provide support and challenge to leaders. Safeguarding is effective. Leaders ensure that when concerns are raised, they are dealt with in a timely manner, ensuring that pupils are kept safe. Leaders’ analysis of pupils’ progress and teaching and learning is effective. This has ensured that improvements have been made successfully.