Upminster Junior School

Name Upminster Junior School
Website http://www.upminster-jun.havering.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, RM14 3BS
Phone Number 01708220453
Type Academy
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 358 (49.2% boys 50.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.6
Academy Sponsor Hornchurch Academy Trust
Local Authority Havering
Percentage Free School Meals 3.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.6%
Persisitent Absence 1.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
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Information about this school

Upminster Junior School is a larger than the average junior school. The school was newly established as an academy on 1 November 2012 as part of a multi-academy Trust with Upminster Infant School. The predecessor school of the same name was judged as good when it was last inspected. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs at school action is below average. The proportion of pupils at school action plus and with a statement of educational needs is also below average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils in local authority care, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children from service families, is below average. There are currently no pupils from service families or children in local authority care in the school. Most pupils come from White British backgrounds. The number of pupils from different ethnic backgrounds is below average, as is the number of pupils for whom English is an additional language. The school meets and exceeds the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ achievement and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress in Years 3 to 6 in English and mathematics. By the time they leave the school in Year 6, their attainment is well above average and very high in reading and mathematics. Teaching is good and some is outstanding. Teachers have good subject knowledge and plan interesting lessons that pupils enjoy. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. They are very keen to come to school and feel very safe. Their attitudes to learning are exemplary. This outstanding personal development, together with high attainment in English and mathematics, means that they are exceptionally well prepared for the next stage in their education. Leaders’ and managers’ main focus is the quality of teaching and achievement. They provide exceptional support and training for staff. The curriculum is outstanding and provides a rich range of opportunities which enable pupils to shine, whatever their skills or interests. The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development outstandingly well. Governors have embraced their new academy status and have a strong vision for education in the community. They work closely with school leaders to ensure the best possible education for the pupils at the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Not enough teaching is outstanding. Some pupils lack the knowledge of sounds (phonics) which would help them read and spell new words. There are some inconsistencies in the opportunities provided for pupils to respond to teachers’ comments in their books and in the way that work is set for different groups of pupils.