Backwell Church of England Junior School

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Backwell Church of England Junior School

Name Backwell Church of England Junior School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Church Lane, Backwell, Bristol, BS48 3JJ
Phone Number 01275462632
Type Academy
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 233 (54.9% boys 45.1% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.1
Academy Sponsor Lighthouse Schools Partnership
Local Authority North Somerset
Percentage Free School Meals 0.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.6%
Persistent Absence 3.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.3%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

Backwell Junior School is an average-sized primary school. The school belongs to a federation with West Leigh Infants School and shares the same headteacher and deputy headteacher.

There is one governing body for the two schools. West Leigh Infants School is subject to a separate inspection and was not part of this inspection. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium funding is well below that found nationally.

The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, those from service families and those that are looked after by the local authority. There are no children currently in the school who are being looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below that found nationally.

The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below the national figure. The pupils’ needs relate mainly to moderate learning difficulties and behaviour difficulties. Most pupils are of White British heritage.

The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Pupils start the school in September after their seventh birthday. Pupils are taught in single-aged classes with two classes in each of the year groups.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Excellent leadership and strong teamwork from all staff ensure that much teaching is outstanding and never less than good. Since the previous inspection, the headteacher has successfully focused on taking teaching to the highest level.

Achievement is outstanding throughout the school. Pupils of all levels of ability make excellent progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Teachers keep a watchful eye on everyone’s progress, and give all pupils challenging work, but written feedback to pupils on their work is not always fully effective.

Pupils’ attitudes to learning are exemplary because the pupils find it inspiring. Pupils behave in a way that is both very courteous and respectful. Pupils feel safe and are very well looked after by adults within school.

Every effort is made to support pupils who may be experiencing difficulties. The school provides memorable learning opportunities, and pupils benefit from an exciting and varied curriculum. Their enjoyment of the learning provided is reflected in their high rates of attendance.

Educational visits, visitors, sporting and musical opportunities successfully enhance the curriculum. The strong links with the local church contribute very well to pupils’ social and moral development. The governing body presents a high degree of challenge for senior leaders to continue to ensure teaching and achievement are of the highest quality.