Norton Junior School


Name Norton Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 01 May 2012
Address Campsall Balk, Norton, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN6 9DG
Phone Number 01302700303
Type Academy
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 240 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.5
Academy Sponsor Xp School Trust Limited
Local Authority Doncaster
Percentage Free School Meals 9.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.3%

Information about the school

This is a smaller than average-sized junior school. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage with few who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, including those supported at School Action Plus and those with a statement of special educational needs, is average. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school has national Healthy Schools status. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Key Findings

This is a good school. It is not yet outstanding because pupils’ progress and attainment in reading and mathematics are not as good as in writing, particularly at the higher levels. Moreover, despite the fact that, for both boys and girls, attainment continues to rise, the gap between the attainment of boys and girls is closing only slowly. Attainment at Year 6 is above average overall and this represents good progress for almost all pupils. The progress of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is good. No groups of pupils do less well than their peers nationally. Teaching is good overall, but it ranges from satisfactory to outstanding. In most lessons, the teacher’s enthusiasm inspires pupils to work hard. Lessons are stimulating and, as a result, almost all pupils make good progress. In a few lessons, teachers do not sufficiently encourage pupils to be actively involved in their own learning. This slows learning, particularly for the more-able pupils..The behaviour and safety of the pupils is outstanding. They respond to high expectations in school and are extremely courteous to each other and to adults. The ‘buddy system’ supports the younger pupils, while giving older pupils a strong sense of responsibility and pride. The good leadership and governance of the school ensure that areas for development are identified and addressed successfully. School leaders have created a blend of reflective, caring, yet practical attitudes, which are reflected in the school’s spiritual, moral, social, and cultural education and ethos. This is underpinned by an exciting, creative, yet practical and inspirational curriculum, which impacts favourably on pupils’ educational and personal development. Leadership of teaching and the management of performance include monitoring and the provision of courses of appropriate professional development. This and the implementation of the curriculum are strengths of the school.