Woolenwick Junior School

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About Woolenwick Junior School

Name Woolenwick Junior School
Website http://www.woolenwickjm.herts.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Acting Headteacher Mr Richard Pallant
Address Bridge Road West, Stevenage, SG1 2NU
Phone Number 01438216565
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 232
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils access a range of learning and life experiences at this school.

Pupils enjoy their studies. They know that adults help them and are keen for them to succeed academically and socially. Pupils become fluent readers and gain mathematical understanding.

When they need additional help, pupils are well supported. Consequently, results in national tests are improving.

There are many opportunities for pupils to get involved in school life.

Pupils take up leadership positions, such as training to be peer mentors, standing for the pupil parliament or serving as a house captain. Parents and pupils appreciate the variety of clubs on offer. Pupils are part...icularly proud of the trampolining club.

There is a high take up of clubs and wider opportunities, including for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Pupils value and benefit from the residential trips designed to build their independence, resilience and social skills. Pupils trust adults to advise them with any concerns they have.

Pupils get on well together most of the time. If there are friendship fallouts, pupils know adults will support them to sort these out quickly and effectively. Pupils feel safe here.

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

Since the previous inspection, the school has put in place a fully developed curriculum that is ambitious for all pupils. Across all subjects, staff are clear about what pupils need to learn and when they need to learn it. Teachers know pupils' needs and use advice of external specialists to support pupils with SEND.

The curriculum is appropriately adapted for these pupils.

Leaders are knowledgeable about their subject areas. They provide staff with clear guidance about the most effective teaching methods This is starting to have a positive impact on pupils' learning and achievement.

However, there is still some work needed to ensure that all staff deliver the curriculum as well as leaders intend. In addition, the feedback teachers give occasionally is not clear enough for pupils to know exactly how to improve or extend their thinking further. This means some pupils do not grasp some aspects of the curriculum as well as they could.

The school ensures pupils catch up quickly when they find something tricky to learn. This is especially true in reading. The school provides intensive support to ensure pupils are fluent and confident readers.

Well-trained adults are swift to spot and rectify when pupils struggle to recall letter sounds. All pupils have reading books matched accurately to their reading ability. Pupils get regular reading practise using high-quality texts.

The school regularly checks if pupils remember what has been taught. Where these checks are used well, teachers swiftly fill gaps in pupils' knowledge. However, in some areas of the curriculum where these checks are still being developed, staff are not always sufficiently rigorous in ensuring pupils remember or apply new learning.

Lessons are calm and purposeful. Pupils know the school rules. They generally play happily together at breaktimes.

Leaders are working to simplify the school's behaviour policy to make it easier for staff to apply it consistently. Pupils attend school regularly.

All pupils are taught to respect differences.

They work towards national accreditations about equality to prepare them for adult life among people with different beliefs and lifestyles. Most pupils show maturity in discussing social issues, yet a few still need to demonstrate a more understanding attitude to some fundamental British values. Pupils know the latest updates on how to stay safe, including online.

Pupils are also taught about healthy living and mental well-being.

Staff are very positive about working at this school. They welcome the updates to the curriculum.

Staff feel well supported by all leaders.

Governors bring a high level of expertise to their role. They ask challenging questions, yet also ensure leaders are well supported.

Governors are determined the school continues to improve and have a clear strategic plan. They fulfil all their statutory duties.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Some feedback given to pupils about how to improve their work is not always precise enough. This means that some pupils do not always understand how to improve their work to meet curriculum expectations. Teachers need to ensure that they provide consistently clear feedback, so that pupils know exactly how they can improve and extend their learning.

• A few staff do not deliver elements of the curriculum as confidently and competently as others. This hinders how well some pupils learn. Leaders need to provide the necessary training, so that all staff are confident in the most effective ways to teach the curriculum.

• Checks on pupils learning of some areas of the curriculum are still embedding. Staff are not always fully aware of what pupils misunderstand or have forgotten. Staff need to check more robustly that pupils can remember and apply the knowledge taught.

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