|Name||Emerson Valley School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||14 September 2016|
|Address||Hodder Lane, Emerson Valley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK4 2JR|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||462 (51% boys 49% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.2|
|Percentage Free School Meals||8.9%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||26.2%|
Information about this school
The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. Emerson Valley School has had significant staff changes over the last two years. More than half of the staff changed in each of the academic years. Just over a year ago, the new headteacher and assistant headteacher were employed by the school. They were joined in January 2016 by a second newly appointed assistant headteacher. Emerson Valley is a much larger than average-sized junior school. Just over half the pupils have White British heritage. Other pupils come from a wide range of different ethnic backgrounds and 26 different languages are spoken in school. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is broadly in line with other schools nationally. The proportion of pupils who receive support through the pupil premium is broadly in line with the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. A breakfast club is provided by the school for all pupils. The wide variety of after-school activities are offered by staff and outside organisations.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school Teaching, learning and assessment are good. Teachers make accurate assessments of pupils’ work to find strengths and weaknesses. This information is then used well to plan lessons, which strengthens pupils’ understanding. Disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are well supported and make good progress. This is because the school’s revised assessment methods allow staff to analyse needs and identify the right support for pupils. Leaders have developed a consistent approach to teaching across the school, which means that outcomes for all groups of children have improved significantly. The curriculum engages pupils because it is broad, balanced and interesting. Pupils have a wide range of opportunities to participate in arts, science and sports activities, which bring learning to life and develop new skills and aspirations. Most parents are very positive about the changes implemented by the current leadership team and support leaders in continuing to improve the school. Leaders have successfully identified areas for improvement and are addressing these effectively. The headteacher is absolutely committed to making Emerson Valley an outstanding school. Along with her committed, talented and enthusiastic senior leaders, she works tirelessly to provide the best education and care for every pupil. Governors are actively involved in school life and know the school well. They keep themselves informed about pupils’ progress and hold leaders to account for the standards achieved. Pupils work and play together regardless of age, gender or ethnic heritage. Pupils feel safe and welcomed in this happy school. Pupils behave well in class and around school.