Townhill Junior School

Townhill Junior School

Name Townhill Junior School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Benhams Road, Townhill Park, Southampton, SO18 2NX
Phone Number 02380473611
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 301 (50.5% boys 49.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.9
Local Authority Southampton
Percentage Free School Meals 38.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13.0%
Persistent Absence 14.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 19.9%
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement The quality of teaching and assessment is not consistently good across the school. Despite recent improvements, teaching does not develop pupils' writing and mathematics skills consistently well across the school. Pupils' progress information is not used sufficiently well to inform the next steps of their learning.

As a result, some pupils can struggle to keep up and the most able are not sufficiently challenged. Disadvantaged pupils do not make enough progress in reading, writing or mathematics. Governors' record-keeping does not offer sufficiently robust challenge to leaders at all levels.

Some subject leaders are s...till developing the skills required to enable them to have an influence on teaching and learning across the curriculum. Teachers' expectations in science and the foundation subjects are variable. Consequently, pupils do not develop deep enough knowledge or the necessary skills in these subjects.

Pupils' behaviour and attitudes to learning, although improving, are inconsistent. When teaching does not meet the needs of all pupils, some pupils lose concentration and disrupt learning. The attendance of disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is below that of their peers.

The school has the following strengths This year, the new headteacher has made some significant improvements and motivated her staff. Her leadership has given a clearer vision and has brought about improvements to teaching, assessment and behaviour. Staff feel well supported by senior leaders and value the training they have received this year.

They want the best for the pupils they teach. Leaders and teaching assistants ensure that provision for pupils with SEND is effective. As a result, this group of pupils makes strong progress.

Townhill offers a particularly nurturing community atmosphere which ensures that pupils' personal development and welfare are good. Strong relationships underpin the many opportunities to develop pupils' emotional resilience and well-being. The school offers a particularly rich provision for physical education (PE) and sports which is valued by pupils, parents and carers.

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school and has provision for children from age 7 to 11. Most pupils are of White British heritage and speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils with SEND is in line with the national average.

The proportion of pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium is well above the national average. The headteacher joined the school in September 2018. The school has received a high level of support from the local authority and from external consultants from Beachwood Teaching School and other local schools to boost teaching, learning and assessment, and leadership and management.