Oakfield Junior School

Name Oakfield Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 23 January 2012
Address Chowdene Bank, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE9 6JH
Phone Number 01914334086
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 238 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.0
Local Authority Gateshead
Percentage Free School Meals 2.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.3%
Persisitent Absence 3.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

This is an average-sized junior school. Almost all pupils are White British and none is in the early stages of learning English. The percentages of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and of those with special educational needs are well below average. The ratio of boys to girls is higher than in most schools. The school meets the current floor standard set by the government, which determines the minimum expectations for attainment and progress. It has gained numerous awards including the Healthy School award, the Eco Award Silver, the Artsmark, and the Activemark. There have been several recent staffing changes. At the time of the inspection the school was led by an acting headteacher and an acting deputy headteacher while the governing body consulted on the possibility of federating with the neighbouring infant school. Two other full time staff were on long term leave of absence. The privately managed on-site childcare provision is subject to a separate inspection. 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. The temporary staffing arrangements have not seriously affected its overall effectiveness. Strong support for staff newly in post and a commitment from all to do their best for pupils have ensured that the school has maintained its quality during this period. While the governing body has been consulting on organisational change the school has been well led. Accurate self-evaluation and sound planning for improvement have underpinned its continuing success. School leaders recognise that further planning and preparation are needed once the outcome of the consultation is known. Pupils make good progress from above average starting points to attain high standards by the time they leave the school. This represents good achievement. Although attainment in writing dipped slightly in 2011, the school has taken prompt action to remedy the situation. Data about pupils currently in school and inspectors’ scrutiny of their work indicate that attainment is beginning to rise again. Teachers plan well-constructed lessons that give pupils a range of exciting activities, enabling them to learn well and make good progress. Pupils’ work is marked regularly and teachers provide helpful guidance on how it could be improved. A minority of teaching is no better than satisfactory; in these lessons the most able pupils are not challenged enough. Pupils behave well and are safe in school. They are polite and show respect to adults and to each other. They report that there is very little bullying and that it is dealt with appropriately by staff when it occurs.