George White Junior School

Name George White Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 November 2012
Address Silver Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 4RG
Phone Number 01603425515
Type Academy
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 315 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.5
Academy Sponsor Inclusive Schools Trust
Percentage Free School Meals 21.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 24.2%

Information about this school

This is a smaller-than-average junior school. The school runs specially resourced provision for pupils with special educational needs for 10 pupils with moderate learning difficulties. Most pupils are of White British heritage and very few pupils are at the early stages of learning English as an additional language. A significant number of pupils join or leave the school between Years 3 and 6. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for extra funding from the pupil premium (which is provided to support the learning of pupils who are entitled to free school meals or in the care of the local authority) is significantly higher than that in most schools. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is above average. The proportion of pupil supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is just above average. The school meets the current government floor standards, which determine the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Strong leadership and management of the school have secured a marked improvement in teaching and in achievement. Pupils’ behaviour is consistently good. They are proud of their school. They have positive attitudes to learning and enjoy coming to school. The school provides good additional support for the pupils who need it and this means that all groups of pupils achieve well. Attendance has continued to improve over recent years and is above the national average. This is an important factor in improving pupil progress. Teaching is good in all subjects and sometimes outstanding in mathematics. Good subject knowledge and very good relationships contribute to the positive atmosphere found throughout the school. Pupils feel safe and well cared for. The school ensures each individual pupil is fully involved in all aspects of school life. For example, pupils supported through the specialist resource base are well integrated into the main school. Leaders and managers at all levels, including the governing body, have successfully focused on improving pupils’ experiences of learning. Since the previous inspection the range of activities has improved. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There are inconsistencies in pupils’ achievement in writing. Teachers do not provide enough opportunities for pupils to write in a range of different subjects. Especially in writing, the expectation of those pupils who could do more difficult work is not high enough. Not enough teaching allows pupils to become independent in their learning. Opportunities are sometimes missed to use homework to help pupils to show initiative and make choices about their own learning.