Ofsted - "This school continues to be good."


We were very pleased to receive such a positive report from our latest inspection. Mrs Masters from Ofsted visited the school on February 26 and spent the day at the school. During that day, she visited lessons in all year groups, looked at a range of pupils' books, listened to pupils read, spoke with parents at the school gate, reviewed 50+ responses to the parent questionnaire and reviewed the staff questionnaire responses; she also held meetings with the school's senior leaders, teachers, the school council, the local authority school improvement advisor and eight of our governors. After this thorough review of school life at Someries Juniors, Mrs Masters was able to confirm that:

"This school continues to be good. The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection."

You can read the report by following this link: Ofsted Report March 2019

Here are some examples of the praise that she had for the staff, governors and children at the school:

  • "You and your staff provide a happy and effective learning environment for pupils."

  • "You communicate well with the neighbouring infant school".

  • "As a result of your actions, current pupils behave extremely well and are making sustained progress in their learning."

  • "Pupils aim to be ‘the best versions of themselves’ and are supported well by staff in achieving this goal."

  • "Leaders and governors have addressed the areas for improvement identified at the time of the last inspection."

  • "Teachers and teaching assistants use questioning effectively to challenge pupils’ thinking and facilitate their progress."

  • "In pupils’ books and in lessons, all groups of pupils are now making similar progress."

  • "Pupils behave well in lessons and outside. They look after each other in their learning and play

  • "Pupils typically respond quickly to adult instructions which are consistent from all members of staff... No learning time is lost as a result of poor pupil behaviour."

  • "Pupils are ambassadors of the school’s values."

  • "Relationships between staff and pupils are very well developed."

  • "Leaders, including governors, have created a secure culture of safeguarding that ensures that pupils are safe and well cared for at school."

  • "[The] family support worker and learning mentor… are valued and trusted by parents and pupils alike."

  • "Pupils say that they feel safe… They say that they know they can go to any member of the school staff, as a trusted adult, if they are worried."

  • "Parents I spoke to, and the majority of parents who responded to Parent View, expressed positive views about the care that pupils receive."

  • "Creative subjects are taught particularly well and pupils enjoy them. As a result, progress in these areas is clearly evident and many pupils are exceeding the attainment targets for their respective ages."



Ofsted Report - April 2015