Velmead Junior School

Name Velmead Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 January 2013
Address Velmead Road, Fleet, Hampshire, GU52 7LG
Phone Number 01252628704
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 413 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.0
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 3.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9%
Persisitent Absence 2.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

The school is larger than most primary schools. Almost all of the pupils speak English as their first language. Fewer pupils than in most schools are supported by the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children from families who are known to be eligible for free school meals, looked-after children and those with parents in the Armed Forces. The percentage of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported by a statement, as well as those supported at school action plus, is above the national average. The percentage of pupils supported by school action is much lower than the national average. The headteacher has provided support for two other local schools recently, with one secondment for six months. The percentage of pupils from minority ethnic groups is lower that in most schools of this size nationally. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment in progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher and deputy headteacher form a highly effective partnership and are at the heart of the school’s success. Their drive and determination to establish a culture of teamwork are moving the school forward. The attainment of pupils is high and consistently improving. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding because : relationships between pupils and their teachers are founded on mutual respect and care. They are keen to learn, concentrate well in lessons, care for and respond very positively to each other. The quality of teaching is good and in most lessons teachers and teaching assistants are effective in meeting the learning needs of pupils. The school communicates and works well with parents; pupils feel safe and secure and enjoy coming to school. Systems for identifying and supporting disabled pupils and those with special educational needs have improved and these pupils now make good progress. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of school are promoted extremely well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers do not always give pupils enough opportunities to work independently and think for themselves. Not all pupils, including some less able ones, make good progress.