Burnt Oak Junior School


Name Burnt Oak Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 10 July 2018
Address Burnt Oak Lane, Sidcup, Kent, DA15 9DA
Phone Number 02083005854
Type Academy
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 245 (44% boys 56% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.3
Academy Sponsor The Pioneer Academy
Local Authority Bexley
Percentage Free School Meals 5.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.5%

Information about this school

The school is part of The Pioneer Academy Trust. The trust board has overall responsibility for six primary schools. The trust delegates some authority to local governing bodies, who are committees of the board. This includes standards, premises, buildings and resources. The governing body is accountable to the trust board. The proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding is lower than the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities or who have English as an additional language is below the national average. The school became a sponsor-led academy in the term following the last inspection. The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher provides outstanding leadership for the school. She is ably supported by her staff, who share her uncompromising drive for improvement. The multi-academy trust plays a key role in enabling the school to thrive by providing support and challenge where needed. Governors know the school well and exercise a careful, considered oversight. Leaders have established a positive and vibrant atmosphere, where the needs of all pupils are met. The curriculum is rich and varied. There is plenty of opportunity for pupils to develop skills in different subject areas. Nonetheless, there are too few opportunities for pupils to write at length across the curriculum. Pupils’ attitudes to learning are excellent. They are keen, enthusiastic and eager to set themselves challenging personal learning goals. Pupils’ outcomes are strong. Pupils make sustained progress, given their starting points. The overwhelming majority of pupils enjoy school, and instances of poor behaviour are rare. Teachers are thoughtful about their practice and continually update their teaching skills. They have high expectations of their pupils, who, as a result, learn effectively. Teachers and teaching assistants know their pupils well and ensure that no one is unsupported. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength. The school prepares young people for life in modern Britain very well. Staff recognise that some pupils could develop their questioning skills further and have the opportunity to write in more depth.