Upton Junior School

Name Upton Junior School
Website http://www.uptonjunior.com/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 20 November 2014
Address Upton Junior School, Edge End Road, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 2AH
Phone Number 01843861393
Type Academy
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 506 (45% boys 55% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 27.2
Academy Sponsor Viking Academy Trust
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 9.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

This school is much larger than the average-sized primary school. One fifth of pupils are eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or children who are looked after by the local education authority). This is below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, just over a fifth, is above the national average. The school meets the current government floor standards which set minimum expectations for attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The school provides breakfast and after-school clubs for its own pupils. The current headteacher was appointed in September 2010 after the previous inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils’ achievement is outstanding. By the end of Key Stage 2, pupils reach standards in reading, writing and mathematics which are significantly above national averages. Rapid and sustained progress is made by all groups of pupils. This includes disadvantaged pupils, those with disabilities and pupils who have special educational needs, and demonstrates the school’s success in promoting equality of opportunity. Teachers prepare lessons with great care and attention to detail, ensuring that pupils are given work at the right level of difficulty. Teachers also make sure that pupils develop the skills and benefit from resources which enable them to improve their work continually. The pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. Pupils are totally engrossed in, and committed to, their learning. They are extremely kind and considerate towards each other and say they enjoy being at school. Pupils have no concerns about their safety in school, or about bullying. The headteacher and other senior leaders have very high expectations of both staff and pupils. They display a relentless drive for school improvement which has resulted in outstanding teaching and pupils’ achievement rising rapidly. The governing body provides strong challenge and support for the school leadership. This has contributed to improvement in all areas of the school since the last inspection. School leaders have the overwhelming backing and support of both parents and staff for their clear vision and uncompromising drive to provide the highest quality provision for its pupils. Teachers’ marking of pupils’ work is extremely thorough. It ensures that pupils know exactly what to do to improve their work. The school has identified that more can be done to provide greater opportunities for extended writing across different subjects. The school runs a broad and exciting curriculum which engages and encourages a love of learning and thirst for knowledge in pupils. Pupils benefit from the many stimulating opportunities which the school provides for their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.