Orchards Junior School

Name Orchards Junior School
Website http://www.orchardsjunior.school
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 September 2018
Address Nelson Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN12 6EN
Phone Number 01903520202
Type Academy
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 573
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.5
Academy Sponsor Sparkle Multi-Academy Trust
Local Authority 938
Percentage Free School Meals 14.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.9%
Persisitent Absence 14.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 18.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school converted to become an academy on 1 October 2015. Currently, Orchards Junior School is the only school within the Sparkle Multi-Academy Trust. The local governing body is accountable to a board of nine trustees, who principally oversee the finances of the school. On conversion, the school changed from a middle school, providing for Years 4 to 7, to a junior school, providing for Years 3 to 6. The school is much larger than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are of White British heritage. A much larger proportion of pupils than the national average is eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or in local authority care. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is much higher than the national average, and the proportion with education, health and care plans is also above the national average. A special needs resource base for speech and language forms part of the school. There are 12 pupils on roll. A breakfast club is provided before school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders and governors have a strong vision and know the school well. Leaders have the trust and confidence of parents, carers and the local community. Leaders have ensured that pupils make good progress overall in reading, writing and mathematics. There is a strong culture of self-evaluation. However, governors are aware of the need for even further rigour. Reading is a strength in the school and is above the national average. Pupils’ progress in mathematics has improved recently so that achievement is now also broadly in line with the national average. Pupils’ progress in writing is accelerating. However, too few pupils achieve greater depth. Leaders and governors have created a very rich curriculum with a broad range of first-hand experiences. Pupils make good progress in a wide range of subjects, including physical education, music and art. Leaders use additional funding for disadvantaged pupils with increasing care. Disadvantaged pupils’ progress is accelerating, but too few are achieving greater depth in writing. Leaders and governors ensure that pupils’ progress is tracked with increasing rigour, and most staff know pupils well. They provide work that meets the majority of pupils’ needs. Pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare are good. Pupils are polite, friendly and respectful to adults and to each other. They have very positive attitudes to learning, which supports their strong progress. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is thoughtfully woven into the curriculum, and is very effective. Pupils are prepared well for life in modern Britain. Safeguarding is effective. Pupils are confident that they are safe. Parents are unanimous that their children are cared for well. Leaders use extra funding for sport very effectively. Pupils appreciate the wide range of sporting activities provided, alongside a wide range of other extra-curricular activities. Parents are kept well informed and, consequently, they are able to support their children’s learning at home effectively. The speech and language resource base contributes to pupils’ learning effectively.