Harlescott Junior School


Name Harlescott Junior School
Website http://www.harlescott-jun.shropshire.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 09 July 2013
Address Featherbed Lane, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 4QN
Phone Number 01743462087
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 354 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.7
Percentage Free School Meals 18.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.6%

Information about this school

The school is a larger-than-average junior school. The vast majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. A few pupils are from a variety of minority ethnic backgrounds. A very small number of pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is more than double the national average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, looked after children and pupils from service families is well above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. In 2013 the school results show that at the end of Key Stage 2 pupils’ attainment is above the 2012 average at Level 4 for reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils’ attainment is above the 2012 average for Level 5 in writing and mathematics. These results are a significant improvement on those of a year ago. Attainment has risen and progress is now good for all year groups because of good teaching, effective monitoring and use of robust pupil information by teachers to carefully match work to pupils’ starting points. Effective training for all staff ensures that teaching assistants contribute strongly to the good progress pupils now make. Pupils behave well and feel safe. Relationships are good between pupils and staff. The headteacher communicates a clear vision for the school and works determinedly to ensure the school is the best it can be. The senior leadership team and middle leaders regularly monitor the quality of teaching and learning. They identify and ensure that good practice is effectively shared. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough teaching that is outstanding. Pupils’ progress in writing has improved but it is not yet as consistently good as progress in reading and mathematics in all year groups.