Grove Junior School

Name Grove Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 24 April 2014
Address Whiteoak Way, Nailsea, Somerset, BS48 4YZ
Phone Number 01275851127
Type Academy
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 230 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.5
Academy Sponsor Lighthouse Schools Partnership
Local Authority North Somerset
Percentage Free School Meals 6.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.2%
Persisitent Absence 3.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school is larger than the average-sized primary school and most pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for looked after children, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children of service families, is lower than the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average, but the proportion of pupils with greater learning needs and those supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school has been federated with Hannah More Infant School since March 2012 and shares one governing body. The headteacher leads both schools. There is a breakfast club on site managed by the school’s governing body.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Actions taken by the headteacher, deputy headteacher and middle leaders since the last inspection to improve teaching and pupils’ achievement have been effective. The high-quality monitoring of pupils’ progress and effective help to support pupils have led to strongly improved achievement across the school. Teaching is typically good, with some that is outstanding. Teachers plan challenging tasks to enable most pupils to make good progress. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs make good progress because they are set work at the right level and they are effectively helped by support staff. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They feel safe in lessons and around the school. Parents and carers appreciate the safe environment of the school. The school has a strong sense of community. This promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well. Members of the governing body know the school well and have played a significant part in the successful improvements since the previous inspection. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not consistently good in all lessons. Where teaching is weaker, pupils are not challenged appropriately in some lessons and make less academic progress. Lower-ability pupils in Year 3 do not make the progress that they should.