Oatlands Community Junior School

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Oatlands Community Junior School


Name Oatlands Community Junior School
Website http://www.oatlands-jun.n-yorks.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 September 2012
Address Beechwood Grove, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8QP
Phone Number 01423872827
Type Academy
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 298 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.1
Academy Sponsor Red Kite Learning Trust
Local Authority North Yorkshire
Percentage Free School Meals 8.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.3%
Persisitent Absence 3.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Oatlands Community Junior School is larger than the average-sized school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well below the national average. Fewer pupils than found nationally are supported through school action. The proportion of pupils supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below the national average. Most pupils are of White British heritage. A smaller proportion of pupils than found nationally come from minority ethnic groups. Few are at the early stages of learning to speak English. The school meets the current floor standards, which set out the government’s minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The school holds many awards. These include Artsmark Gold, the Silver Eco-schools award and the Inclusion Quality mark. The school has undergone significant staffing turbulence over recent years. The majority of staff are new to the school since the time of the last inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils enjoy school, make good progress in their learning and achieve well. As a result, they develop into confident and articulate young people, well-prepared for the next stage in their education. Pupils arrive at the school with skills and abilities that are above average. Good and sometimes outstanding teaching ensures that most pupils make the progress expected of them. An increasing proportion exceed expected rates of progress so that attainment by the end of Year 6 is typically high. Teachers plan lessons well, have high expectations of their pupils and use effective questioning to quickly address any misconceptions. This helps pupils to move continually forward in their learning. The school provides well for those pupils that need additional support ensuring that they make good progress and quickly catch-up to their peers. Pupils are extremely well looked after. They feel exceptionally safe in the happy and purposeful working atmosphere of the school. Pupils work hard and take an obvious pride in all that they do. The very effective promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development leads to exemplary behaviour and attitudes. As a result, attendance is consistently above average and pupils are rarely late. Leaders, managers and governors have a secure knowledge of the school. Actions are focused on areas needing most attention and have successfully raised the quality of teaching and also accelerated pupils’ progress. The governing body challenges decisions and ensures that the school continues to improve. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough teaching is sufficiently outstanding to ensure that all pupils are challenged and motivated to make rapid and sustained progress. The curriculum does not always sufficiently excite or inspire pupils because it is not routinely linked to their own interests.