Wilshere-Dacre Junior Academy

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About Wilshere-Dacre Junior Academy

Name Wilshere-Dacre Junior Academy
Website http://www.wilshere.herts.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Mrs Sarah Smith
Address Fishponds Road, Hitchin, SG5 1NS
Phone Number 01462459215
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 257
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher has high expectations and is committed to the school's continued improvement.

She provides strong and clear leadership for staff and pupils. With the support of the trust, the school has made significant progress. Trust leaders are very effective.

They provide high-quality support and challenge. Leaders and governors have a clear understanding of the school's strengths and weaknesses. Their improvement plans focus on appropriate priorities and demonstrate their high expectations for the school.

Pupils make good overall progress across the school. In 2018, attainment at key stage 2 was above average at the expected... standard in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils' personal development, behaviour and welfare are good.

Pupils are confident, respectful and polite. They continue to develop well, both in and out of the classroom, because : of their positive attitudes to learning. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good.

It continues to improve because leaders provide staff with effective support, training and challenge. The school ensures that pupils are safe and well cared for at all times. Pupils say that they feel safe and that they enjoy school.

They attend well. Leaders and governors ensure that the school has an effective and interesting curriculum that deepens pupils' knowledge, skills and understanding. Staff promote pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well.

As a result, pupils are caring and responsible. They are well looked after and kept safe. Subject leadership in English and mathematics is highly effective.

However, the leadership of other subjects is not as strong. Most current pupils are making good progress from their starting points. However, the progress of disadvantaged pupils is less consistent.

Teachers do not consistently challenge poorly presented work. As a consequence, the quality of pupils' handwriting varies. In some cases it is poor.

Information about this school

Wilshere-Dacre Junior Academy is an average-sized junior school. The school became a sponsored academy in March 2014. The sponsors are REAch2 Academy Trust.

The proportion of disadvantaged pupils eligible for support through the pupil premium funding is slightly below the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is in line with the national average. The proportion of pupils who receive SEN support is above the national average, and the proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is in line with the national average.

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