This is a ‘good’ academy; as graded by OFSTED in March 2017.  It is one in which attainment is above average and all groups of pupils achieve well.  Pupils enjoy coming to the academy and benefit from an attractive, welcoming and supportive learning environment.

 OFSTED’s summary stated that:

  • The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You have implemented robust policies and procedures that have enabled you to examine different aspects of the School and its provision in detail. You are thorough in the analysis of the school’s strengths and areas for development. As a result, your self-evaluation is accurate and your plans for school improvement are clear and concise.
  • The school has a warm and welcoming atmosphere where pupils work hard and make good progress in a variety of subjects. Relationships between staff and pupils are strong. Pupils told me that they are happy at the school and feel safe, both inside and outside when playing on the playground. You and the other staff have helped to create a culture where ‘learning is a habit for life’.
  • The senior leaders responsible for English has recently introduced an approach to guided reading that aims to improve pupils’ vocabulary and comprehension skills. This has been successful and assessment information provided by the school indicates that the vast majority of pupils are on track to reach age-related standards in reading by the end of this academic year.
  • Pupil Premium funding is allocated and montiroed closely. The Senior Leaxer responsible has an excellent overview of how the funding is spent on each pupil and the strong impact it is having on theri progress. Current assessment information provided by teh school and work seen in books indicate that these pupils are making good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Any pupils who are falling behind are identified quickly, and given the help they need.
  • The teaching of science is a strength. Work seen in books shows that pupils are developing their knowledge and understanding in a wide range og scientific topics. Pupil have many opportunities to make predictions and carry out investigations, For example, pupils in Year 5 and 6 revently investigated the question, 'Do liquids with differeing viscosity evaporate at differnet rates?'
  • You have ensured that teachers are checking the consistency of their assessment of pupils' work every term. You are aware of the importance of also undertaking this moderation process with other schools, to make sure that the assessments teachers make are accurate.
  • Teaching Assistants are generally deployed well across the school. The ysupport pupisl of all abilities in a wide range of subjects. Consequently, pupils are given the support they need to help them reach their full potential.
  • Pupils enjoy the responsibility of being elected to the School Council and becoming House Captains. Others become junior Road Safety Officers and lead safety assemblies, reminding pupils to 'be bright, be seen' outside when it is dark.
  • Pupils enjoy the wide range of extra-curricular clubs that are on offer. These include Street Dance, Taekwondo, Orchestra, Benchball, Athletics and Art. Pupil also relish the opportunities to attend residential activities at Rand Farm and Low Mill.
  • Parents are kept well-informed of the school and its work through its website, frequent letters, newsletters, Twitter and Facebook. Parents receive detailed end-of-year reports that outline pupils' attainment and progress and give targets for future imporvement.
  • Parents with whom I spoke before school and those that responded to the Ofsted questionnaire, Parent View, are overwhelmingly supportive of the school. They say that children are safe, happy, and are making good progress. One parent told me, 'I have found this school to be first class!'

Ofsted Report 2017

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Information on Branston Junior Academy, from the Department for Education website.

Click here for 'Report to Trustees' (31st August 2018)

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