John Rankin Infant and Nursery School


Name John Rankin Infant and Nursery School
Website http://www.jri.w-berks.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 14 June 2017
Address Garford Crescent, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 6EX
Phone Number 0163542376
Type Primary
Age Range 2-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 322 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.8
Percentage Free School Meals 5.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 12.1%

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. John Rankin Infant and Nursery School is a broadly average-sized school when compared with similar schools. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is well below average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well below average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is well below average. No pupils attend any alternative form of education away from the school site. The school has had significant changes in staffing from the time of the previous inspection. The executive headteacher was appointed in September 2016.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Since his appointment, the executive headteacher has brought about positive changes through his driving ambition to improve standards in the school. As a result, the quality of teaching and pupils’ progress are good and the school continues to improve. The outcomes for pupils have improved since the previous inspection. The proportion of pupils meeting the expected standards at the end of Year 2 is now higher than for other pupils nationally. Middle leaders have improved their monitoring skills through effective support and coaching. As a result, they know what they need to do to improve the school further. Governors use their wide range of skills to make a strong contribution to the school. Through focused monitoring visits, they provide effective challenge and support to the head of school. Parents say that the school keeps their children safe. Disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities make good progress because of the strong additional support they receive from staff. Pupils’ behaviour is good and they have positive attitudes to learning. They are polite, courteous and respectful to each other and adults. They are proud of their achievements. Teaching, learning and assessment practice are highly effective in some classes. However, this good practice is not always widely shared to help all staff to further improve their skills. For example, not all teachers consistently correct errors to move learning on. Although standards have improved, pupils do not make the same strong progress in phonics and mathematics as they do in reading and writing. The curriculum takes into account pupils’ needs and interests and prepares pupils for the next stage in their learning. However, it is not yet fully developed to enhance pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills consistently in all subjects.