Garland Junior School

Name Garland Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 March 2014
Address Clay Hill Road, Burghfield Common, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 3HG
Phone Number 01189832776
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 213 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.5
Local Authority West Berkshire
Percentage Free School Meals 13.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.9%

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average size school of its type. The majority of pupils are of White British origin. There is an average proportion from a range of other minority ethnic groups, the largest of these being from the Romany or Gypsy community. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium is average. Pupil premium is additional funding for those known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and children looked after by the local authority. All these groups are represented at the school. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs supported at school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement is average. The school does not have access to any alternative provision. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress. By the time they leave, two thirds are achieving at the higher Level 5 in reading and mathematics. Those of lower ability and those for whom the pupil premium provides support make more rapid progress. Teachers provide motivating and interesting lessons that pupils enjoy. They have high expectations of what all pupils can achieve and make sure that they plan activities to extend pupils’ understanding and continually develop their skills. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. Older pupils support younger ones through a buddy system and this makes sure that everyone gets on well together. Pupils say that bullying is rare. The headteacher and senior leadership team, including the governing body, use assessment information well to plan for raising achievement for all groups of pupils. They have demonstrated continuing capacity to improve, as the school is now good, having previously been satisfactory. This school is a harmonious community with high quality relationships at all levels. It is inclusive and each pupil is valued and cared for really well. Parents say that all staff are very approachable and helpful and there are several examples of excellent support for pupils and their families whose circumstances are challenging. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not yet a sufficient proportion of outstanding teaching that makes sure that activities are adjusted quickly in lessons when pupils show that they can do them. Higher ability pupils do not yet have the skills to construct longer pieces of writing and complex sentences.