White Woman Lane Junior School

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About White Woman Lane Junior School

Name White Woman Lane Junior School
Website http://www.whitewomanlane.norfolk.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Ashley Best-White
Address White Woman Lane, Sprowston, Norwich, NR6 7JA
Phone Number 01603419203
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 340
Local Authority Norfolk
Highlights from Latest Inspection


White Woman Lane Junior School continues to be an outstanding school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are happy here. This is because staff are caring and the curriculum gives pupils many opportunities to be successful.

Pupils are fascinated by what they study. Lessons give pupils much to think about and discuss. Pupils become more accomplished in key skills such as drawing and writing.

They can add detail and flourish to their work.

Pupils' behaviour reflects leaders' high expectations. Pupils respect their teachers and each other.

Reading lessons promote deep thinking. This helps pupils to develop a mature attitude towards education. Pupil...s like the way that the school recognises their efforts.

For example, if they become proficient in their times tables, they receive a 'Multiplication Master' badge that they wear with pride on their uniform.

The school provides a range of opportunities for pupils to develop exciting new interests and talents. These help them become more artistic, musical and sporty.

For example, performing in the choir or paddleboarding. Pupils develop a sense of responsibility through different roles, such as prefect or librarian. They play a big part in school development through sharing their ideas.

For example, suggesting and making a sensory garden for the school.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The curriculum is well-developed. It sets out the knowledge and skills pupils need to learn in detail and in a logical order.

This means pupils learn what is required to be successful in the future. Since the previous inspection, leaders have continued to strengthen the curriculum offer. Pupils can attend a wide range of sporting events and apply their mathematical proficiency in local competitions.

Literature is at the heart of the curriculum. Leaders are rightly proud of this. Many opportunities for pupils to encounter interesting books in reading lessons and in their wider studies contributes to developing a love of reading.

This also helps pupils learn a wide range of words and phrases. As a result, pupils have in-depth discussions and proudly produce high-quality written work. Pupils often choose sequels to their class books to read in their own time.

Teachers teach subjects very well. This is because they have ample training, subject expertise and enthusiasm. They help pupils who are behind in reading to quickly catch up.

Teachers aptly spot and help pupils who need more support to understand new concepts. They regularly check how well pupils are learning the curriculum. Teachers provide pupils with plenty of opportunities to practise applying new knowledge.

In mathematics, for example, this means that pupils develop flexible thinking about connections of number.

The school ensures that all pupils, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), can access the wider curriculum so that they are fully included in the life of the school. Staff provide effective, bespoke support to meet pupils' needs.

The school gives advice and assurance to parents. Parents value the way the school helps pupils with SEND to overcome their barriers to learning.

Staff consistently apply the school's behaviour policy.

This helps pupils learn what is expected and what is acceptable. The curriculum approach develops pupils' ability to focus and concentrate. As a result, lessons are calm, and pupils work hard.

The school helps pupils who struggle to manage their behaviour to learn how to remain calm. Staff support pupils to develop friendships. The school recognises and celebrates pupils' effort in class and their kindness towards one another.

The school's personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) curriculum is well planned. Pupils learn how to keep safe and have healthy relationships. The school encourages pupils to embrace and value different cultures.

A series of 'carnival days' introduces pupils to a range of traditions. This prepares pupils well for life in modern Britain. Positive mental health is a top priority for leaders.

The school has pioneered a way of working with families to reduce pupil anxiety and increase their resilience. This is having a positive impact on pupils' mental health and has been commended by clinical experts.

Leaders have ensured the school has not stood still since the previous inspection.

They have continued to build new and valuable partnerships with outside organisations to benefit pupils' welfare and learning. The school shares its expertise widely. Staff feel supported and valued.

They appreciate the way that leaders have created opportunities for them to share their passion for subjects such as art and science.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.


When we have judged a school to be outstanding, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains outstanding.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good/outstanding in September 2018.

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