|Name||Marnel Junior School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||06 July 2016|
|Address||Shetland Road, Popley Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 9PT|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||393 (48% boys 52% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.8|
|Percentage Free School Meals||18.8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||16.5%|
Information about this school
This is a slightly larger than average junior school where the majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding for those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and for children looked after) is twice the national average. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is just below that found nationally. Three pupils attend the local pupil referral unit for three afternoons a week. The school meets the current government’s floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The school’s website is compliant and meets the requirements for the publication of specific information.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school The headteacher leads the school with conviction and passion. She has taken decisive action to improve the school since her appointment in 2013. Pupils attain well. Standards in 2016 in reading, writing and mathematics are above average. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education. Disadvantaged pupils are now achieving well because leaders have taken effective action to ensure that these pupils catch up. Leaders use the new assessment system to rigorously evaluate the school’s strengths and areas that require further attention. Governors exercise good oversight of the school. They ensure that funding is spent soundly and they are ambitious for the school to progress. The curriculum is lively and interesting. Pupils are excited and enthusiastic about learning because : they enjoy the wide range of topics that they study. Pupils attend regularly and enjoy being in school. They work well with each other and with their teachers. Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain because they have a good understanding of the values of the school and make a strong contribution to their community. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some teachers are not yet stretching the most able often enough, especially in mathematics and writing. Fewer pupils than expected achieve the required standard in spelling. A number of parents lack confidence in the school’s leaders, despite recent improvements made.