Oldfield Park Junior School


Name Oldfield Park Junior School
Website http://www.oldfieldparkjuniorschool.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 01 October 2019
Address Lymore Terrace, Twerton, Bath, Somerset, BA2 2JL
Phone Number 01225423477
Type Academy
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 259 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 27.0
Academy Sponsor Palladian Academy Trust
Local Authority Bath and North East Somerset
Percentage Free School Meals 17%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.6%
Persisitent Absence 8.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 18.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Outcome

Oldfield Park Junior School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils love coming to this friendly school. They say that they enjoy their lessons, feel completely safe and that all adults take good care of them. Pupils’ joy of learning is plain to see. Pupils show high levels of concentration and enthusiasm. They stick at something if they find it difficult. Pupils listen well to their teachers and readily work with each other to share ideas and solve problems. Pupils get on very well with each other and with all staff.

Teachers expect much of their pupils and plan learning that both excites and engages them. Pupils respond by giving their all in lessons. The library is a hive of activity at break and lunchtime, as pupils search out new books or hunt for information on the internet. They relish all the school has to offer. Nearly everyone takes part in the very wide range of sporting and cultural activities that take place after school.

Behaviour across the school is impeccable. Pupils are courteous and polite and older pupils readily help out younger ones. They look out for others and say that unkind behaviour and bullying is not known.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Senior and curriculum leaders, as well as all staff, are highly ambitious for their pupils. They have thought deeply about what pupils should learn term by term. They are making sure that the good quality of education provided by the school is getting even better.

For most subjects, leaders’ plans make clear to teachers what to teach to their pupils and the order in which to teach it. Teachers make sure that pupils know whatthey need to know before they move onto new or more demanding work. For instance, pupils in Year 4 can confidently give reasons why the Romans invaded Britain because they have a good knowledge of what Britain was like before the Romans came. Sometimes, teachers’ planning does not identify clearly the knowledge that pupils need to gain after a series of lessons. This holds back pupils’ learning.

Pupils relish the many chances they have to learn across different subjects. The themes followed by each class during the term fire up their imagination and help them see links between different subjects. Pupils in Year 5, for instance, enthuse about their rainforest theme. They are passionate about finding ways to save the planet.

Across the school, teachers and support staff are well aware of the needs of pupils. Teachers adapt their plans to make sure that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) gain good knowledge and understanding. In this way, pupils with SEND achieve well, as do all pupils.

Leaders make sure that there are clear plans in place so that everyone becomes an able and eager reader. Pupils read every day. They enjoy the class novel that they read through the term. They are linked to the term’s theme. Those pupils who join the school with weak reading skills receive plenty of help to catch up. Some of these weaker readers, though, continue to struggle. Teachers do not know which phonics scheme the infant school uses. This makes it harder to build upon what pupils already know when they join the school.

The school’s curriculum extends well beyond the classroom. An extensive range of visits and trips adds greatly to pupils’ classroom learning and their wider development. Pupils speak with delight about their termly enrichment day and their enjoyment of activities as diverse as yoga, Pilates, engineering and animation.

The headteacher has built a team of dedicated staff. They learn from each other and from other schools in the trust. The Palladian Academy Trust (MAT) has fostered this sharing of expertise. Staff feel respected and appreciated by school leaders and say that the school takes full account of their welfare when making decisions. They appreciate the well-being days that all staff, teaching and non-teaching, have each year. Governors have played their part too, asking the right questions of school leaders and keeping them on their toes. Parents agree that this school is very well led and managed.

Safeguarding

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Staff are well trained to make sure that pupils are safe and protected. They are alert to any signs that a pupil may be in harm’s way. They report any concerns to the right people straight away. The safeguarding team work well with outside agencies and follow up any concerns with thoroughness and speed. They make sure thatthese pupils receive the right support they need.

Leaders ensure that pupils know how to keep themselves safe. They make certain that pupils have access to a wealth of information on keeping themselves safe, mainly through the well-planned personal, social, health and economic education.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

Small numbers of pupils join the school not having met the required standard in the phonics screening check at the end of Year 2. Although these pupils are making gains, the speed at which they make up lost ground and acquire reading fluency is hindered by teaching not building effectively on pupils’ existing phonics knowledge. . The subjects in the thematic and mathematics curriculum are very carefully mapped out to make sure that all necessary areas of learning are covered. There are some areas, however, where the details of what teachers expect pupils to have learnt by the end of a series of lessons are imprecise. The school needs to make sure that it continues to refine these areas of the curriculum so that all teachers know what pupils should know by defined end points and that this is well sequenced.

Background

When we have judged a school to be good we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good. This is called a section 8 inspection of a good school or non-exempt outstanding school. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find some evidence that the school could now be better than good or that standards may be declining, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection. Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will convert the section 8 inspection to a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the first section 8 inspection since we judged the predecessor school, Oldfield Park Junior School, to be good on 3–4 October 2012.