|Name||Oakwood Junior School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||21 January 2014|
|Address||Holbrook Road, Alvaston, Derby, Derbyshire, DE24 0DD|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||343 (55% boys 45% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.8|
|Percentage Free School Meals||28.9%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||3.5%|
|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.