Joydens Wood Junior School


Name Joydens Wood Junior School
Website http://www.joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 March 2015
Address Birchwood Drive, Wilmington, Dartford, Kent, DA2 7NE
Phone Number 01322522151
Type Academy
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 332 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.0
Percentage Free School Meals 3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 19%

Information about this school

This is a medium-sized junior school, with 11 classes. It serves a commuter area of Kent close to the border with Greater London. Most pupils come to the school from the infant academy on the same site. The proportion of pupils entitled to the support of pupil premium funding is well below average. Most pupils are White British. Few pupils speak English as a second language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is below average. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations of pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Joydens Wood Junior School converted to become an academy school on 1 November 2011. When its predecessor school, also called Joydens Wood Junior School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be outstanding overall. The headteacher joined the school after it became an academy.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher, with senior and middle leaders and the governing body, shares a positive vision for the school. This is understood and put into action well by the staff. As a result of good teaching, pupils’ reading and their work in mathematics are of a very high standard, well above average. Pupils leave the school confident and ready for their secondary education. Pupils behave consistently well. This helps their learning. The school caters for the needs of pupils with special educational needs or disabilities well. Many parents speak highly of this. Those pupils entitled to the support of the pupil premium funding make good progress. The school’s curriculum is very broad and interesting to pupils. They take part in many exciting and motivating activities. Their spiritual, moral, cultural and social development is good. Pupils enjoy school and their rate of attendance is high. The school improvement plan is a clearly targeted document which is promoting successful improvement in key areas. The school does all it can to keep pupils safe and has robust safeguarding procedures. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ skills in writing, although improving, are close to average, not matching their skills in reading and mathematics. Parents’ views of the school are polarised. While most are very pleased with the school, a significant minority is unhappy with it. The school has not yet satisfactorily addressed the concerns expressed by these parents. The leaders of subjects other than English and mathematics are not sure how well pupils attain and achieve in these subjects. They cannot say plainly where there are strengths and weaknesses in pupils’ understanding. This makes further planning to improve these subjects more difficult.