Oakdale Junior School

Name Oakdale Junior School
Website www.oakdalejuniors.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 02 December 2015
Address Oakdale Road, Redbridge, South Woodford, London, E18 1JX
Phone Number 02089897471
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 343 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.5
Local Authority Redbridge
Percentage Free School Meals 9.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 37.6%
Persisitent Absence 8.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils known to be eligible for extra funding through the pupil premium has reduced since 2013 and is now below the national average. The proportion of pupils with disabilities and those who have special educational needs has halved since 2013 and is now below the national average. The proportion of pupils with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is in line with the national average. More pupils than in the majority of other primary schools join or leave part-way through Key Stage 2.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher offers calm and purposeful leadership. She knows the pupils well and is determined to provide them with the best learning experiences. The same determination is shared by the deputy headteacher and assistant headteacher who, together with the headteacher, provide strong leadership for the school. Subject leaders contribute well to the strategic direction of the school. They know their subjects well and play an important role in supporting others to improve their skills. Governors are conscientious in undertaking their duties and are ambitious for the future of the school. The overriding ethos of Oakdale Junior is to nurture. This contributes significantly to pupils’ well-being. The nurture group offers exceptional support to the most vulnerable pupils. Pupils embrace the many opportunities offered to contribute to school life. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment has improved since the last inspection and is now good. The curriculum is broad and balanced and provides pupils with rich learning experiences, particularly in art and languages. It is not yet an outstanding school because : On entry to school, too much time is taken to channel pupils’ enthusiasm and exuberance into productive attitudes for learning and to address any gaps in learning that may exist. Target-setting procedures are not consistently applied across the school. Not all pupils are fully aware of how well they are doing and what they need to do to improve their work. Teachers do not consistently provide pupils with opportunities to deepen their understanding of concepts and apply their skills across a variety of subjects. A consistent style of handwriting has yet to be established in all year groups. Not all teachers insist on high expectations for the presentation of work in books.