Gosforth Junior High Academy

Name Gosforth Junior High Academy
Website http://www.gosforthacademy.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 19 September 2011
Address Regent Avenue, Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE3 1EE
Phone Number 01912851000
Type Academy
Age Range 9-13
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 700 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.3
Academy Sponsor The Gosforth Federated Academies Limited
Local Authority Newcastle upon Tyne
Percentage Free School Meals 16.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 15.4%
Persisitent Absence 7.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

The academy is smaller than average size for its type. It serves a richly diverse community and draws pupils from a wide area across the city. About one third of pupils in the school are from minority ethnic groups; the rest are of White British heritage. The main minority ethnic groups are from Indian and Pakistani heritages. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is high, with the number of languages spoken by pupils often exceeding twenty. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is above average; so too is the proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities. There is an above-average number of pupils with a statement of special educational needs. The school hosts the local authority’s visual impaired unit. Each year, there is a sizeable influx of pupils into Year 7, as parents and carers choose to send their children to the academy at this point. The school acquired academy status in December 2010, having formed a ‘hard federation’ with Gosforth High School in January 2007. Since then, the two schools have had a shared leadership team and a single governing body. The Director of the Junior School is responsible for the running of the academy on a day-to-day basis. The Principal of the federation has been in post at the parent academy since 2003. The academy maintains close and effective links with the local authority education service. During the last two years, the school was subject to some upheaval while a new school building was erected on site. That opened at the beginning of the current term. The number of pupils on roll has increased since the previous inspection. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Main findings

Gosforth Junior High Academy is an outstanding school. Pupils of all abilities and backgrounds achieve well from a wide range of starting points. By the end of Year 8, pupils’ attainment it is at least above, and sometimes well above, what is expected for their age. This is especially so in English and mathematics. The academy is, rightly, ambitious to accelerate pupils’ progress further in Key Stage 2 by identifying and tackling any gaps in skills more quickly when pupils start Year 5. Pupils have an excellent sense of safety and well-being at school, partly because they are cared for and guided exceptionally well, but also because of their excellent relationships with each other and their outstanding behaviour. Their spiritual, moral social and cultural development is outstanding. Together, pupils create an exciting, diverse and harmonious community where all are eager to contribute to making the academy even better. That generates the warm, happy and positive atmosphere that pervades the academy. When they leave in Year 8, pupils are extremely well prepared for the next stage of learning. Teaching and the curriculum are outstanding. All pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, make at least good and sometimes better progress from broadly average starting points. That is because teachers have high expectations of what pupils can do and teachers are skilled at making learning exciting and enjoyable. Teachers set challenging work to match pupils’ needs and give them great encouragement to learn independently, as well as from each other. The curriculum provides excellent opportunities for all pupils, regardless of ability, to succeed. It is adapted skilfully to ensure that pupils develop very well both academically and personally. Staff go to great lengths to demonstrate to pupils that they are valued highly. The excellent care, guidance and support underpin the school’s highly successful inclusion practices. Excellent links with external partners ensure that pupils with specific needs are supported very well to take their place alongside their peers in the life of the academy. Inspirational and astute leadership by the principal, ably supported by a dedicated team of directors, has transformed the academy’s performance since the previous inspection. The drive for excellence is evident everywhere in the academy’s work; it is supported highly by staff, the governing body, pupils, parents and carers. Self-evaluation is incisive and accurate. Governance is outstanding; the governing body is passionate about making the academy the best it can be in its service to pupils and parents and carers. Excellent links with parents and carers and external providers enhance and support outstanding outcomes for pupils. The academy demonstrates an excellent capacity for sustained improvement.