Oakwood Junior School

Name Oakwood Junior School
Website www.oakwoodjuniorschool.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 January 2014
Address Holbrook Road, Alvaston, Derby, Derbyshire, DE24 0DD
Phone Number 01332571231
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 343 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.8
Local Authority Derby
Percentage Free School Meals 28.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.5%
Persisitent Absence 13.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Oakwood Junior School is larger than average. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium is above average. This is additional support for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those in local authority care and those with a parent in the armed services. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is above average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. There have been several changes to staffing since the previous inspection, including the appointment of a new headteacher in September 2012.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress and achieve well. Standards in reading, writing and mathematics have improved since the previous inspection. Teaching is good across the school. Teachers plan interesting and enjoyable activities that help pupils to make good progress. The school helps pupils to develop a love of reading. There is a wide range of books for pupils to choose from and they are keen to talk about their favourites. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They work very well together in lessons, supporting each other and talking enthusiastically about their learning. The school is a bright and welcoming place. Pupils show respect for the building and grounds. They know that one of the school’s values is ‘We look after our school and those in it’, and they pay close attention to this. Pupils are very well-mannered and courteous. They are proud of their school and of the work they do to help others, including their fundraising for various charities. Parents and carers say that that their children are safe at school, and the pupils themselves say that they feel safe and well cared for. The school offers an excellent variety of activities to enrich pupils’ learning, including many opportunities in music and sports. The headteacher and senior leaders have worked successfully to improve the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement. There is a strong commitment to further improvement from all staff. Governors know the school well and are fully aware of its strengths and areas for development. They take their responsibilities very seriously and ask challenging questions of senior leaders. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching to make sure that all pupils make rapid progress. Teachers’ use of questioning sometimes prevents pupils from sharing their ideas with each other. The quality of marking is not consistently high. As a result, some pupils make slower progress than others because they do not receive good guidance on how to improve.