|Name||Albany Junior School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||19 October 2016|
|Address||Pasture Road, Stapleford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG9 8HR|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||195 (50% boys 50% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||20.6|
|Percentage Free School Meals||21.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||4.6%|
information about the performance of different groups. This means that they can ask
senior leaders searching questions about, for example, the progress of disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. Governors have a good understanding of their statutory duties. Staff performance, including that of the headteacher and other teachers, is managed rigorously. Governors are fully prepared to ask for additional information to ensure that decisions about pay increases are based on a compelling range of evidence linked to ambitious targets. Governors know well the local community the school serves. They have a deep commitment to the school and have worked successfully with senior leaders to establish a culture of high ambition. They recognise that their next challenge is to engage still more closely with parents so that together they can make Albany Junior an even more successful school. Safeguarding The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Pupils, staff and parents all agree that safeguarding is a strength of the school. Leaders have successfully established a culture where pupils are confident to share worries or problems with staff. Staff keep a close eye on their pupils and report promptly any concerns that arise. Careful records are kept of all referrals of concern made by staff. These show that the school acts rigorously to ensure the safety of pupils. The designated safeguarding leaders meet every two weeks to consider the impact of actions to protect pupils and to discuss any emerging concerns. The leaders work effectively with families and other agencies to ensure the well-being of children whose circumstances may make them particularly vulnerable. Governors prioritise safeguarding. They have received all appropriate training and monitor the school’s work in this area carefully. They are fully aware of their duty to protect pupils from the dangers of radicalisation. Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good The quality of teaching, learning and assessment has improved and is now good. The previous inspection reported that the most able pupils were not consistently challenged and that the teaching of reading and writing did not lead to good progress. Both of these issues have been successfully addressed. The most able pupils are benefiting from lessons where teachers do not hold back on the level of challenge. For example, in a science lesson on light, the most able pupils were asked not simply to find out about the spectrum, but to investigate how the distance of the light source from the spectrum affected the quality of the colours produced. The expectation that the most able pupils will come up with their own ideas and explain their findings is increasingly found across the curriculum. The teaching of writing has improved as a result of training that has ensured that in all year groups, there is a structured and consistent approach to the teaching of sentence writing. Pupils are now very confident in discussing the structure of sentences and apply this knowledge successfully in their writing across the curriculum. Training in the teaching of phonics and guided reading has been key in improving the quality of the teaching of reading. The teaching of phonics in Year 3 is very effective because adults model the sounds letters represent accurately, provide prompt support for pupils at risk of falling behind their peers, and make sessions lively and fun. Guided reading sessions are successful because teachers choose texts which pupils enjoy and set activities which help them to become thoughtful readers. Teaching has been less successful in encouraging readers, including the most able, to develop a love of books. Once pupils become fluent readers, they are left to choose their own books. Their reading logs show that they are rarely heard reading aloud in school or at home. Conversations with pupils confirm that in some classes, they receive little encouragement to experience a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts. Teachers’ good subject knowledge and effective use of resources almost always result in lessons which capture the pupils’ interest. For example, one class followed up a visit to Creswell Crags to learn about life many thousands of years ago by creating their own cave paintings using crayons, pastels and paint. In another class, the teacher’s insight into the diets of both humans and animals led to good learning about the human digestive system. There is a good range of helpful additional support for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. Staff know the precise needs of individual pupils well and draw upon a wide range of resources and expertise to ensure that they all make good progress. One parent commented: ‘The teachers have a ‘can-do’ attitude and never give up on a child. You can tell they really want them to succeed. They really care about the children in the school.’ The previous inspection found that pupils were not clear about how to improve their work and therefore their progress. This is no longer the case. All teachers implement the school’s assessment policy. Responses to teachers’ marking show how pupils value the guidance provided by teachers. Pupils confirm that feedback is helping them become even better readers, writers and mathematicians. Teachers have high expectations of how pupils will behave and what they can achieve. In the great majority of lessons, this approach is successful. However, in a minority of lessons observed, the tasks set for lower attaining pupils were too difficult for them to get on with without adult support. Teachers did not identify quickly enough that these pupils were struggling. As a result, they worked slowly and some lost concentration. Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good Personal development and welfare The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding. There are excellent systems in place to support pupils’ welfare and safety. The school counsellor plays a crucial role in helping pupils understand and overcome issues in their lives which may be causing them difficulty, distress or confusion. The impact of her work is carefully recorded and the record shows that there is a very positive impact on pupils’ well-being. Pupils are confident and friendly when speaking to adults. They have positive attitudes towards learning and are keen to do well. Pupils know that to achieve their ambitions, hard work and determination are essential. There are many meaningful opportunities for pupils to contribute to the life of the school because the school values the pupils’ opinions and perceptions. Pupil surveys are taken twice a year. The feedback from these, and views shared by the school council, play an important part in school improvement planning. The pupils’ mature understanding of the unfairness and hurt caused by racist and homophobic attitudes reflects the school’s commitment to rights and responsibilities. Similarly, as a result of the high priority given in the curriculum and assemblies to enabling the pupils to recognise the difference between right and wrong, pupils are kind to one another and feel very safe at school. Pupils’ understanding of personal safety is outstanding because many lessons and assemblies highlight the issues around personal well-being. Online safety has a particularly high profile; pupils understand the potential dangers, and know what to do to stay safe online. Pupils speak thoughtfully about how a balanced diet and plenty of exercise contribute to keeping healthy. They understand the dangers to health posed by smoking and the drug and substance misuse. There is a good range of after-school clubs for pupils to enjoy. The overwhelming majority of parents who responded to Parent View also feel that their children are looked after well. Behaviour The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils enjoy coming to school and their attendance is at the national average. The school promotes regular attendance through an imaginative range of rewards and celebrations. A breakfast club, introduced at the start of this school year, is successfully reducing the handful of instances of persistent absence and is improving punctuality. In lessons, pupils almost always sustain good concentration and try hard with their work. Work in their books shows that they take great care to present their work tidily. In the playground at break- and lunchtimes, pupils’ behaviour is calm and considerate. Their conduct reflects the school’s effective strategies to promote high standards of behaviour. These include the ‘by invitation only’ area. In this section of the playground, pupils who have struggled to cope with playtimes benefit from close supervision and an interesting range of activities. The pupils involved speak very positively about this provision and say that it helps to them enjoy their breaks. Records kept of poor behaviour show that, since the previous inspection, there has been a notable decline in the number of incidents that disrupt learning or play. Staff who completed the staff questionnaire, or who spoke with inspectors, agreed unanimously that the school manages behaviour successfully and that pupils consistently behave well. Outcomes for pupils Good The quality of work in pupils’ books, learning observed in lessons and assessment information provided by the school all show that pupils currently in the school are making good progress. In the last school year, their progress in reading, writing and mathematics accelerated considerably as a result of stronger teaching. At the time of the previous inspection, pupils’ progress from their starting points to the end of Year 6 was significantly below average. In the 2016 tests and assessments, the picture was much more positive and pupils’ progress was in line with the national averages in reading, writing and mathematics. Attainment in all three areas was close to the national average. The recent focus on raising standards in writing has had a positive impact on pupils’ outcomes. Their books show good progress in improving sentence construction and applying the rules of grammar and spelling accurately. Pupils have many opportunities to apply these skills across the curriculum and these opportunities are driving up standards in writing. At the time of the previous inspection, the progress of pupils in mathematics was particularly low. Since then, the school has focused on building pupils’ fluency with, and understanding of, mathematics. This focus has improved outcomes. Pupils of all ages and abilities are now increasingly prepared to grapple with problems that test their understanding. They are confident in explaining the reasons for their answers. The school uses pupil premium funding effectively. In all year groups, disadvantaged pupils are making at least expected progress. Indeed, a good proportion of disadvantaged pupils are now making progress from their starting points that is better than expected. As a result, the difference between their outcomes and those of other pupils nationally is reducing. Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities make good progress. This is because expectations of what they can achieve are high and the support they are given is well matched to their specific needs. The judicious use of information technology is proving very effective in helping pupils who have previously struggled in literacy and numeracy to catch up with their peers. Pupils who start the school with skills in reading, writing and numeracy below those that are expected are also making good progress. In the last school year, improved teaching and carefully targeted interventions have led to a higher proportion of pupils gaining the skills and knowledge expected for their age. Training provided to teachers to ensure that their most able pupils are challenged throughout the curriculum has had a positive impact upon the pupils’ outcomes. Teachers routinely build additional challenge into lessons to motivate and stretch this group. Across the school, the most able pupils, including those who are disadvantaged, consistently make more than expected progress. School details Unique reference number 122546 Local authority Nottinghamshire Inspection number 10019579 This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005. Type of school Junior School category Maintained Age range of pupils 7 to 11 Gender of pupils Mixed Number of pupils on the school roll 200 Appropriate authority The governing body Chair Gemma Marshall Headteacher Craig Robertson Telephone number 0115 9176550 Website www.albanyjunior.co.uk Email address [email protected] Date of previous inspection 30 April–1 May 2015
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school The headteacher and the deputy headteacher are passionate and ambitious leaders. Working with staff and pupils, they have ensured that Albany Junior is a happy and positive place to work and to learn. Staff are proud to work at this improving school. Teachers particularly value the quality of training and support they receive to increase their knowledge and skills. Senior leaders have been highly effective in tackling the areas for improvement identified at the last inspection. They keep a watchful eye over all aspects of school life and have an accurate understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. The degree to which middle leaders are driving improvement varies between subjects. Some middle leaders, including those relatively new to their posts, have yet to have a significant impact on raising pupils’ outcomes. Governors are actively involved in the life of the school. They have benefited from a wide range of training, which enables them to support and challenge the school’s leaders effectively. Pupils throughout the school now make good progress from their starting points. They reach broadly average standards in reading, writing and mathematics and are well prepared for their secondary schools. The great majority of teaching is purposeful and effective. Teachers explain new ideas clearly and their marking and feedback help pupils to improve their work. Generally, teachers match activities successfully to the range of abilities in their class. However, occasionally, lower attaining pupils struggle to complete tasks set and so make slower progress than other groups. Pupils apply their literacy skills well across the curriculum. Their work books show that they take care with their presentation, punctuation, grammar and spelling in all subjects. The teaching of reading has improved since the previous inspection and standards in reading have improved. However, not all teachers check carefully how regularly or widely pupils are reading. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is good. They are friendly and polite with adults. They work and play together happily. Pupils’ personal development is outstanding. They exemplify the school’s ‘five golden rules’, which promote resilience, respect and tolerance. They speak with pride about their school and see it as their responsibility to always be kind and ‘include everybody and share a smile’.
A great tool for parents
We have been using Locrating for nearly 10 years to select our primary school and now secondary school. It is an invaluable tool especially if you are moving to a new area and do not know the local schools or which streets to live in. You can easily see where the best schools are that fit your search criteria as well as ideal areas to live in order to fall into the most recent catchment area. We would highly recommend this site to parents who need help choosing a school and/or area to live.
Very informative website and owner is…
Very informative website and owner is extremely responsive to questions and suggestions. I recommend it all the time to people with school aged children who are moving.
Robust and accurate information is…
Robust and accurate information is always provided by the team, a really valuable for any parent and (indeed any teacher) LE
This is a great website!
This is a great website! We used Locrating to search for secondary schools for our son. Having the ability to view past exam results and the oversubscribed data is incredibly useful. We also ventured further afield than we may otherwise have explored and considered a house move which may tie in with the perfect school. Keep up the good work!
Perfect for school searching and also…
Perfect for school searching and also finding nearby homes
We are a family coming from abroad
We are a family coming from abroad, looking for the best school for our child. Locrating is the best web site that we have found to know all the information needed to find the best school. We recommend it 100%
Great help if you are moving house or…
Great help if you are moving house or chosing schools, especially good if you are doing both
Truly helps to choose a school
This service helps to narrow down the schools choice, showing the most necessary criteria in a very friendly way. Thank you for a great job.
A very helpful website to help young parents navigate their way through all the complexity of schools and nurseries!
Very useful for school planning
Superb site - pin your location to find which schools you are in the catchment for and details on ofsted rating, parent opinions and more. Even find properties for rent / sale in the catchments of interest.
Great site for anyone looking at new schools.
Overall a great site for anyone looking for the right school. The map could be easier to use on mobile phones, and it would be nice to see the ratio of student applications per school place on the school panel, important when moving school mid year. Also Rightmove would perhaps be a better partner for property than Zoopla as it has more houses listed and better school catchment details.
A most useful tool coagulating school data. It would help to be able to easily search for a school and it would help to be able to build shortlist of schools filer tonkey data.
Was a bit sceptical, I thought that free services you can find online probably had as much info, but have to Locrating say was well worth the money. Well designed and has really helped in our school search to make more informed decisions.
Indispensable tool for me as I am moving to the UK from Australia and was having a lot of trouble finding a good school. Using locrating in tandem with real estate sites made finding a place to live near good schools much easier.
We have been using locrating since the days when it was free...now they have improved the service with lots of additional features.. Good job :)
Does not get better than this
Its one comprehensive site where you can view of schools as well property. Does not get better than this.
An invaluable research tool
I use Locrating.com almost daily as a resource for my Education Consultancy business and find the tool invaluable. The web team are also extremely responsive to feedback and updates and are therefore able to offer a service that families can really rely on to educate themselves on schooling options in particular areas.
We used it when trying to pick a school for our 4 yr old daughter and I can honestly say I have no idea how we would have managed if it wasn't for Locrating.
The site is great and the only one (as far as we can see) that offers all the information combined in this manner. It's very easy to navigate and configure so you can see the information on the types of schools that you are interested in.
We can't praise it enough. If you care about the standard and quality of school you are about to send your kids to, there is simply no other way to go. Without this you either have to look up the Ofsted reports yourself or take a risk and rely on other people's opinions.
An invaluable tool for researching school choices
Locrating has been an invaluable tool for navigating school choices. So much information in one place. It’s great for seeing state & private schools in your area, previous years catchments plus links to Ofsted reports, school websites and more. You can filter those available with lots of useful options like boys/girls/co-ed, state/private, religion or Ofsted rating etc.
Also if you’re thinking of relocating for a particular school or just to a new area, you can then tick a box to show properties for sale or to rent on the map alongside the schools.
I had a couple of technical glitches and was skeptical about using email for support, however I couldn’t have been more wrong-Lewis was extremely helpful and quick to respond. My glitches were fixed very fast.
This website is genius!
If you're looking to move for schools or just research schools in a given area Locrating is invaluable. You can show schools on a map with catchment areas, alongside properties to rent or buy and use all of the usual search criteria for both including school results and rankings. I've used it now for secondary school research and again to plan a 6th form move. Finding Locrating has saved me loads of time and hassle and really taken the legwork out of the research. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
Absolutely MUST if you are moving…
Absolutely MUST if you are moving houses, or selecting area to leave with a kids.
great website that also shows you available properties in schools' catchment areas
this is a great website that does what it says. also very handy when you are looking to buy. We have a 2 year old daughter and are currently looking for properties near a particular primary school. the map can include zoopla listings and so you can easily look at the properties available in the catchment area.
Great web site
Great web site. I love that it keeps improving and adding new features.
My family are hoping to relocate next year and it’s all with the help of Relocrating.
Well done !!
Locrating was amazing
Locrating was amazing. It saved me hours and hours of research. All the facts at my fingertips. I was able to scroll around and bring up the info I was interested in on all the schools in my area. It was a useful tool when thinking of areas we might move to as well. So much information. An incredibly useful website.
Useful when researching an area
Helpful and useful when researching an area. Has opened our eyes to some new options we have in our borough. Also, a necessity when looking for that next place where we might buy a house. Highly recommended!
Locrating really is a useful resource…
Locrating really is a useful resource which has helped my wife and I navigate the school situation for our young ones. The data is comprehensive and well presented. What a clever name too!
Smooth as silk
Super easy to use and gives a great picture of catchment area info in just a few minutes. Has helped me out a lot!
Absolutely brilliant! Loads of information, easy to use and for the best value. Much better than other sites I’ve tried.
Handy. Updated always. Saves time.
An extremely helpful website that made…
An extremely helpful website that made the search for the right house and the best local schools so much easier. The site was recommended to us by friends who used it when they moved last year.
Invaluable source of information
Invaluable source of information for parents needing more info about catchment areas and property prices within those. The data are accurate and the interface is easy to use. It was recommended by a friend and we found it an indispensable tool when looking at school for our children.
Although they're charging now it…
Although they're charging now it doesn't take away from the fact that it's a useful website to view all types of schools in your area. The comparison function and the property prices overlay on the map is very useful!
Locrating was a fantastic tool which…
Locrating was a fantastic tool which helped us filter down the many choices of schools we were presented with. We just moved to the UK from overseas and the consolidated console with information about nearly every school as well as real estate was a great help.
One of the best tools available
One of the best tools available in the market if you are planning to buy a property and are concerned about the schools in the area! User friendly and smooth, i think its good value for money.
This is such a great website
This is such a great website. It is so easy to see all the schools using the map and quickly read all of the relevant information about the schools. I like being able to order the schools in a specific area.