Oliver Tomkins Church of England Junior School

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Oliver Tomkins Church of England Junior School

Name Oliver Tomkins Church of England Junior School
Website http://www.olivertomkinsschools.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 07 June 2016
Address Beaumaris Road, Toothill, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 8LW
Phone Number 01793870471
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 207 (43% boys 57% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.0
Local Authority Swindon
Percentage Free School Meals 22.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 14.5%
Persisitent Absence 7.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 19.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a slightly smaller than average school but numbers are rising. There are currently two classes in each year group. The school is part of a hard federation with the infant school which is located next to the junior school on the same site. Some spaces and resources are shared, including the outdoor area. The executive headteacher oversees both schools and there is a deputy headteacher in each of the schools. There is a single governing body for both schools. Two thirds of the pupils are White British. Other pupils come from other ethnic backgrounds which include African, Indian and Eastern European. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below the national average but rising rapidly. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs is above average. The proportion of pupils who have education, health and care plans is above average. The proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium is above average. This is funding provided by the government to promote the achievement of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and children looked after. There is a breakfast club run by the school and open both to infants and juniors. In 2015 the school met the current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for the attainment and progress of pupils set by the government.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The steely determination of the headteacher and her commitment to the local community are the driving force for school improvement. All pupils make good progress from low starting points. Recent staff training on developing writing skills has resulted in the pupils using a wider variety of styles in a range of different contexts. As a result of well-targeted support, both in the classroom and outside of school hours, those pupils who are disadvantaged make accelerated progress. The most able pupils are challenged well by activities which extend their thinking. Teachers have good subject knowledge and support pupils well in their work. Stimulating classroom displays reinforce the knowledge and skills they are learning. Pupils receive a rich learning diet which includes art, French and music sessions. Pupils are eager to learn and work well together. Their behaviour is good and they are polite and courteous to each other and adults. The school takes great care of its pupils and keeps them safe. The family support worker plays a key role in this. She works very closely with families and outside agencies to ensure that the pupils’ social, emotional and behavioural needs are met. Governors have a clear understanding of the school’s strengths and areas which need to improve. They are not afraid to challenge senior leaders and carefully check that extra government funds are used well to support pupils’ learning. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Middle leaders are yet to fully develop how they can use the findings from work sampling and lesson observations to inform future school development. Not all pupils write in a legible style and present their work neatly. Not all teachers use the school’s marking policy to inform pupils about the next steps they need to take in their learning. Full report