Bedgrove Junior School

Name Bedgrove Junior School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Ingram Avenue, Aylesbury, HP21 9DN
Phone Number 01296487973
Type Academy
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 481 (49.3% boys 50.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.4
Academy Sponsor Great Learners Trust
Local Authority Buckinghamshire
Percentage Free School Meals 8.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 17.9%
Persistent Absence 4.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.9%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

Bedgrove Junior School is a larger-than-average-sized junior school. Following the last inspection in 2013, an interim executive board (IEB) replaced the governing body.

A new governing body took over from the IEB in April 2015 following an extensive transition period. Three members of the IEB are now governors. The new headteacher started in September 2014.

The headteacher of the linked infant school, Bedgrove Infant School, became the interim executive headteacher of both schools following the last inspection. She supported the new headteacher’s induction before relinquishing the role of interim executive headteacher. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils who are eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority) is very small and well below average.

For example, there are currently four pupils in Year 6, and in last year’s Year 6 there were three. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average, including those pupils with statements of special educational needs. The proportions of pupils from minority ethnic groups and those who speak English as an additional language are below the national average.

The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Teaching is good overall and a growing amount is outstanding.

Teachers successfully strive hard to challenge, engage and interest pupils in lessons. Pupils achieve well in reading, writing and mathematics because they make good progress. The standards pupils reach at the end of Key Stage 2 have improved substantially and are now above average.

Pupils’ enthusiasm to learn and motivation to achieve well create a vibrant atmosphere around the school. Their behaviour in and out of lessons is brilliant. The headteacher’s excellent leadership has led to rapid improvements in teaching and pupils’ achievement.

She has made sure that all leaders play an important part in making improvements. The school is very well placed to improve further. Governors are highly effective.

They know the school well, challenge leaders regularly and monitor improvements closely. Pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is a strength. The school is an extremely caring place where pupils are kept safe and every pupil’s welfare matters greatly.

It is not yet an outstanding school because : While pupils’ progress in mathematics is improving strongly, it is not as rapid as their progress in reading and writing. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs generally make slower progress in mathematics than other pupils. Pupils’ overall achievement in Year 3 is not as good as it is in other year groups.