Old Hall Junior School

Name Old Hall Junior School
Website http://www.oldhall.derbyshire.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 July 2017
Address Old Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 3QR
Phone Number 01246273801
Type Academy
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 260 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.1
Academy Sponsor Learners' Trust
Local Authority Derbyshire
Percentage Free School Meals 5.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.4%
Persisitent Absence 1.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. Old Hall Junior school is an average-sized junior school. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is lower than the national average. The percentage of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is lower than the national average. The overall percentage of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is lower than the national average. In 2016, the school met the government’s floor standards, which set out the minimum expectations of pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher and deputy headteacher lead by example. They provide strong and determined leadership which has enabled the school to make rapid improvements in a short space of time. They are highly respected by pupils, parents, staff and governors. Leaders and the governing body know the school’s strengths and are ambitious for its future. They know what needs to be done to secure continued pupil achievement. Teachers and teaching assistants have high expectations for every pupil. Work in pupils’ books is usually well presented, regardless of the subject. Work in pupils’ books shows that most are making progress that is good or better. Pupils who are vulnerable to underachievement, such as the disadvantaged, achieve well from their starting points. Throughout the school day, pupils conduct themselves well and with respect for each other. Their conduct is usually of a high standard. Current assessment information shows a picture of improving outcomes in most year groups and particularly in Year 6. Pupils are thoughtful, tolerant and understanding to the needs of others. Pupils’ attendance at school is good because : they enjoy school. They value highly the many extra-curricular sporting opportunities. Pupils’ progress and attainment in reading, writing and mathematics has improved significantly due to good leadership and effective teaching. The quality of teaching and learning across the school and in a range of subjects is good. However, checks on the progress of pupils in subjects other than English and mathematics need to be more precise to secure continued pupil achievement. Leadership of subjects other than English and mathematics needs further development to ensure that standards are equally high in all subjects. The school’s curriculum inspires pupils to learn and promotes their spiritual, moral and social development well. However, pupils’ cultural understanding is not as well developed. Pupils’ workbooks show that there is not enough opportunity for them to practise and apply their mathematics skills in other areas of the curriculum.