Berkeley Junior School
phone: 01724 867065
headteacher: Mrs Paula Bennett
360 pupils capacity: 91% full
165 boys 50%
165 girls 50%
Last updated: June 19, 2014
Primary — Community School
- Education phase
- Establishment type
- Community School
- Establishment #
- OSGB coordinates
- Easting: 487651, Northing: 411563
- GPS coordinates
- Latitude: 53.593, Longitude: -0.67718
- Accepting pupils
- 7—11 years old
- Census date
- Jan. 16, 2014
- Ofsted last inspection
- Oct. 30, 2013
- Region › Const. › Ward
- Yorkshire and the Humber › Scunthorpe › Crosby and Park
- Urban > 10k - less sparse
- Free school meals %
- Berkeley Infant School DN158AH (327 pupils)
- 0.1 miles Saint Augustine Webster Catholic Primary School DN158BU
- 0.1 miles Saint Augustine Webster Catholic Voluntary Academy DN158BU (462 pupils)
- 0.5 miles High Ridge School Specialist Sports College DN157DF
- 0.5 miles The St Lawrence Academy DN157DF (675 pupils)
- 0.6 miles Young People's Education Centre DN157RW (21 pupils)
- 0.6 miles Young People's Education Centre DN157RW (21 pupils)
- 0.7 miles Henderson Avenue Primary School DN157RW
- 0.7 miles FTC Performing Arts College DN158LJ
- 0.7 miles Invenio Academy DN158LJ (609 pupils)
- 0.7 miles Oasis Academy Henderson Avenue DN157RW (620 pupils)
- 0.9 miles Crosby Primary School DN157NL (498 pupils)
- 0.9 miles Lynton Preparatory School DN157NW
- 1 mile Parkwood Infant School DN171SS
- 1 mile Parkwood Junior School DN171SS
- 1 mile Parkwood Primary School DN171SS
- 1 mile Oasis Academy Parkwood DN171SS (329 pupils)
- 1.1 mile North Lindsey College DN171AJ
- 1.2 mile Scunthorpe CofE Primary School DN156HP (268 pupils)
- 1.3 mile John Leggott Sixth Form College DN171DS
- 1.4 mile Bushfield Road Infant School DN161NA (245 pupils)
- 1.4 mile Frodingham Infant School DN161ST (269 pupils)
- 1.5 mile St Hugh's Communication and Interaction College DN161NB (144 pupils)
- 1.6 mile Brumby Junior School DN162HY (435 pupils)
Berkeley Junior School
Marsden Drive, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, DN15 8AH
|Inspection dates||24–25 March 2015|
|Overall effectiveness||This inspection:||Good||2|
|Leadership and management||Good||2|
|Behaviour and safety of pupils||Outstanding||1|
|Quality of teaching||Good||2|
|Achievement of pupils||Good||2|
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school.
It is not yet an outstanding school because
| The school has improved significantly since the |
Governors are very ambitious for the school and
Pupils’ attitudes to learning, their behaviour and
Teaching is good and some is outstanding. Strong
previous inspection. The strong leadership of the
headteacher, ably supported by leaders at all
levels has improved the quality of teaching and
raised pupils’ achievement.
are effective in holding leaders to account for the
quality of teaching and learning.
their spiritual, moral, social and cultural
development are outstanding. Pupils show high
regard for others. These positive attributes, along
with the responsibilities pupils take on in school,
prepare them well for life in modern Britain.
teamwork among staff results in pupils building
successfully on what they have already achieved.
| The curriculum is outstanding. It engenders among |
Pupils make good progress. By the end of Year 6,
Parents are very happy about how well their
pupils a real love of learning. Extensive enrichment
activities add to the high quality experiences pupils
have to extend their knowledge and skills.
they attain standards that are above average in
reading, writing and mathematics. An increasing
number of pupils are working at levels higher than
those expected for their age.
children achieve. They particularly appreciate that
the headteacher and all staff are very
approachable. Parents are kept fully informed about
all aspects of the school’s work.
| Not enough of the teaching is outstanding and |
expectations are not always sufficiently high of
the less able pupils in reading and mathematics.
| When marking work, not all teachers follow the |
school’s own policy, so that pupils can understand
what they have done well and how to improve their
Information about this inspection
- The inspectors observed teaching throughout the school, including numerous shared observations with the
headteacher and the deputy headteacher. In addition, the inspectors scrutinised pupils’ workbooks and
listened to them read.
- Meetings were held with pupils, the Chair of the Governing Body and two other governors, the
headteacher, senior and middle leaders and subject leaders. The inspectors also had a meeting with a
representative from the local authority.
- The inspectors observed the school’s work and looked at a number of documents, including the school’s
evaluation of its own performance, current data on pupils’ progress, and planning and monitoring
documentation. Inspectors reviewed the spending of funding for disadvantaged pupils and primary school
sports funding. Records relating to behaviour and attendance, as well as documents relating to
safeguarding were also taken into consideration.
- The inspectors reviewed 14 responses to the online questionnaire (Parent View). The views of a number
of parents the inspectors spoke with during the inspection were also considered as well as the results of
the school’s own survey of parents’ views conducted in October 2014.
- The inspectors also took account of the 24 responses to Ofsted’s staff questionnaires and talked to staff
during the inspection about their views of the school.
|Rajinder Harrison, Lead inspector||Additional Inspector|
|Karen Foster||Additional Inspector|
|Julia Foulger||Additional Inspector|
In accordance with section 13 (5) of the Education Act 2005, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector is of the opinion
that the school no longer requires significant improvement.
Information about this school
- This is an above average-sized primary school.
- The majority of pupils are of White British heritage.
- About 17% of pupils (below national average), are from various minority ethnic groups. An increasing
number of these pupils who are of Polish or Lithuanian heritage are at an early stage of learning English.
- A significant minority of pupils join the school partway through their Key Stage 2 education.
- The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above average.
- The proportion of pupils deemed disadvantaged and supported through the pupil premium is above
average. (The pupil premium is additional government funding to support pupils known to be eligible for
free school meals or those children in the care of the local authority.)
- The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectation for pupils’
attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6.
- The governing body federated with the governing body of the partner infant school in February 2015.
What does the school need to do to improve further?
- Accelerate pupils’ progress in all subjects by improving teaching so that more of it is outstanding by
teachers have higher expectation of those pupils who are less able so that they have the right level of
challenge to achieve more, particularly in reading and mathematics
all marking provides guidance to pupils as to how well they have achieved and what they need to do to
improve their work, in line with the school’s own marking policy
teachers check that pupils respond to this guidance in subsequent work and learn from their mistakes.
|The leadership and management||are good|
- The headteacher’s outstanding leadership has been instrumental in driving school improvement
relentlessly since the previous inspection. With good support from other leaders and governors, she has
secured good teaching and learning and the school’s capacity to improve further is good.
- Leaders and governors have successfully addressed the areas for improvement raised at the previous
inspection. There is a strong culture of high aspiration and ambition in the school. Pupils’ behaviour and
attitudes to learning are outstanding. A rich, dynamic curriculum is driving pupils’ eagerness to learn.
Pupils, parents and staff are right to think highly of their school.
- The quality of teaching is monitored rigorously. Senior leaders and subject and year group leaders are all
effectively involved in observing pupils’ learning and work. Their checks identify where teaching needs to
improve, and senior leaders ensure that staff have the training and support they need to improve their
skills. Termly meetings on pupils’ progress are used well to make sure all pupils are on track to achieve
well. This process is successful in helping teachers perform well. Teamwork among staff, including
teaching assistants, is good.
- Any pupils at risk of falling behind are identified early and additional support is planned promptly. With an
increasing number of pupils joining partway through Key Stage 2, leaders act quickly to integrate these
pupils, for example by organising specialist support for those who are new to learning English.
- The outstanding curriculum is exceptionally well planned. It enhances pupils’ learning and skills through a
wide range of subjects, activities, events and clubs. Pupils enjoy their learning because they have a say in
what they learn. There are music, drama and community events which pupils enjoy in activities beyond
the classroom. Initiatives such as the ‘Safety at Work’ project give pupils a valuable insight into the world
of work. Through cultivating the gardens they develop their horticultural skills of growing, harvesting,
cooking and selling the produce they have grown.
- Underpinning the curriculum is the school’s very good programme to develop pupils’ personal skills. Pupils’
learning about different religions helps them to reflect on their actions and behaviours and how these
impact on the lives of others. Pupils have excellent opportunities to explore diversity and the need to show
respect and tolerance towards those who are different to themselves. Initiatives such as work on Africa,
social reforms in Victorian times, democracy, the justice system and Children’s Rights are exceptionally
powerful in helping pupils evaluate the world in which they live. They are well prepared for life in modern
- The primary school sports funding is used effectively to provide specialist coaches, train staff to raise their
expertise, for example in dance, and for pupils to compete with others and visit other schools to access
high-quality sports facilities. Pupils’ involvement in sports is very high. They are very proud to represent
their school at inter-school events and even more so as they regularly collect the silverware.
- The school is implementing national changes to assessment and effective partnership work with other
schools is strengthening the competence and confidence of staff. Teachers have received effective training
to ensure assessments are accurate and reliable.
- The pupil premium funding is used very effectively to provide high quality support for disadvantaged
pupils so that they achieve well. The gap in their achievement compared with their classmates is closing
- Safeguarding systems meet current requirements. Policies are up to date and effective. Pupils are safe and
well cared for; any concerns that arise are investigated promptly. Care arrangements are outstanding.
- The school is very committed to equal opportunities for all its pupils and focuses strongly on raising the
achievement of all groups of pupils and tackling discrimination. This high commitment is evident in the
very many ways the leaders make sure all pupils are included in its many events, clubs and visits.
- The local authority has provided effective support in helping the school move forward since its previous
inspection, especially in monitoring the school’s performance and providing staff training. Leaders have
worked with the local authority and local schools to develop the expertise of staff and share good practice.
- The governance of the school:
The governing body is effective, well organised and well informed. Governors are highly supportive but
also ensure that leaders are sharply focused on raising pupils’ achievement. They ask probing questions
about pupils’ progress and question the data they receive to check that the interventions being
implemented to boost achievement are doing so effectively. They have an accurate understanding of
the school’s current performance and what the school needs to do to improve further. With governors
now federated with their counterparts in the infant school, partnership between the two schools has
been strengthened effectively to ensure even better transition from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2.
Governors successfully monitor the impact of the additional funds for sports and the pupil premium.
They know that while the gap between disadvantaged pupils and others in the school was too wide in
2014, it has almost closed this year. They know that the sports funding is being used to broaden pupils’
access to sports activities. They make sure that the management of teachers’ performance is effective
in improving teaching and hence raising pupils’ achievement. They make sure that teachers are
rewarded only when they are able to raise achievement.
|The behaviour and safety of pupils||are outstanding|
- The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. The school provides a very calm, orderly environment where the
focus on learning and achievement is high. Pupils’ work is valued through attractive displays and this
motivates them to try even harder with new learning.
- The management of behaviour is consistently good. Pupils know what is expected of them during lessons
and around the school generally. Pupils, staff and parents speak highly of the typically high standards of
behaviour and strong relationships in the school.
- Pupils’ attitudes to learning are extremely positive. They are excited by the work they do and this supports
their good achievement. They particularly enjoy opportunities to undertake challenging tasks that extend
their knowledge and skills. A number of pupils said, ‘Teachers make learning fun. Working hard at school
is important if you want a good job one day. If you get stuck, teachers help you get it right.’
- Relationships throughout are excellent. Pupils get on extremely well with others and are particularly good
at working together. The more able readers, for example, regularly listen to their less confident
classmates and older pupils work with younger ones to help them develop in confidence and increase their
aspirations. Pupils are extremely polite and courteous; welcoming visitors to the school and speaking
highly of everything the school does for them. These high quality relationships and mutual respect provide
very strong support to pupils’ outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- Pupils are extremely proud of their school. Many say that everything about the school is brilliant because
teachers and other staff really want them to enjoy school and do well. They say that ‘teachers are strict
but fair and only want us to do our best.’
- Attendance is above average. Most pupils attend regularly because they want to be at school and because
their parents value learning. One parent said, ‘My children cannot wait to get to school because they love
being here and would come in the holidays if the school was open. The school has a real family feel and
we all feel part of it.’
- The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding. Pupils say that they feel safe and well
looked after at school and that if they are upset or worried staff will help them.
- Potential risks, for example for school trips, are assessed carefully and pupils receive regular advice from
safety officers to help them understand how to stay safe outside school. Assemblies and other activities
reiterate messages about internet safety, the dangers posed by social media sites and cyber-bullying.
Pupils know to report such threats immediately to their parents or teachers.
- Pupils say that there is no bullying at school. They say that this is because the school is like one big family
where they have to look out for each other. They say that even incidents of name-calling are rare, ‘that is
not how we should behave. We should be kind to others because it could happen to us and we would be
upset’. They know that teachers would deal with any incidents promptly because it is not allowed.
- The school’s safeguarding systems are very strong. Attendance is checked carefully and parents know to
inform the school early if their child is going to be absent. Staff are especially vigilant in checking that
pupils with special educational needs or those who are disadvantaged receive the support they and their
families need promptly. Excellent care arrangements ensure that pupils who join partway through their
schooling are integrated quickly and specialist support is organised for those who are learning English as
an additional language.
|The quality of teaching||is good|
- The school’s relentless efforts to improve the quality of teaching have resulted in teaching that is
consistently good and a significant proportion is outstanding. Pupils’ progress is now good and more pupils
are achieving at the higher levels in all subjects. There is a calm, purposeful and productive atmosphere in
every classroom and pupils work hard to do their best. Excellent relationships between staff and pupils
promote good learning.
- Teachers have secure subject knowledge and modify the curriculum creatively to plan topics and themes
that hold pupils’ interest effectively. They ask probing questions that make pupils think about their
learning and so deepen their knowledge and understanding. They plan activities that build effectively on
what pupils have achieved previously and the planning is generally very accurately matched to pupils’
ability. Occasionally, particularly in reading and mathematics, less able pupils do not achieve as well as
they could because they are not challenged sufficiently.
- Reading and writing are taught well. Pupils apply their basic skills relatively accurately in other subjects
although occasionally, in their eagerness to work quickly, a few make errors in their spelling, grammar and
punctuation and this detracts from the overall quality of their work. When these errors go unchecked,
pupils continue to make the same mistakes and so their work does not improve quickly.
- In reading, a few less able readers fail to use all the strategies they have learnt previously to tackle
unfamiliar vocabulary confidently and to make better sense of the texts they are reading. These pupils are
receiving good individual support to plug gaps in their skills from the past and standards in reading are
- The teaching of mathematics is good and pupils are making rapid progress as a result. Teachers help
pupils develop their skills in calculation and investigation. Pupils apply methods with confidence. For
example, in Year 5, pupils enjoyed puzzling out the cost of various fruits to solve multi-step problems. The
level of challenge was high for all pupils but with timely support from staff, pupils soon realised that they
needed to work systematically in order to complete their work successfully. Less confident pupils, who
initially struggled to interpret the problems, made good progress once they understood what they had to
- Teaching assistants contribute very effectively to pupils’ learning. They work in close partnership with
teachers and show a very good understanding of how to support and challenge pupils of all abilities. They
are particularly well deployed to support individual pupils or small groups who have specific needs. They
have undertaken effective training, particularly regarding assessment and, as a result, pupils with special
educational needs, disadvantaged pupils and pupils learning English as an additional language make good
- Marking is generally good and there are examples of exemplary practice. However, not all marking is done
to the same standard. It is not always clear to pupils why their work is good or what they need to do to
improve next time. Teachers do not always check closely enough that all pupils respond to the feedback
they receive and so, in some cases, pupils’ subsequent work is not as good as it might be.
|The achievement of pupils||is good|
- Pupils’ progress in reading, writing and mathematics has improved significantly since the previous
inspection and is now good. Pupils are achieving well because the quality of teaching is now good.
- Pupils start in Year 3 with standards that are broadly average for their age.
- In the 2014 tests and assessments, overall standards for pupils at the end of Year 6 were above average
and progress is even stronger this year. Pupils in Year 6 are working at above average standards in
reading, writing and mathematics and an increasing number of pupils have been registered for the higher
Level 6 papers in 2015.
- The most able pupils make good progress in all subjects as they move through the school. They
understand how to write effectively for different purposes, for example, diaries, news reports, letters and
factual accounts. They are confident in applying their mathematical skills in data handling, calculations and
problem solving and work quickly and accurately to complete the challenges they are given.
- While expectations are generally high of pupils, those who are less able occasionally do not make more
rapid progress in reading and mathematics because they are not always given enough challenge.
- Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs make good progress from their different
starting points because they are supported effectively. The systems to identify these pupils early and to
monitor their progress closely are very effective. Booster activities and one-to-one support are carefully
matched to pupils’ specific needs. School leaders refer to specialist providers where necessary so that
every pupil makes good gains in their learning.
- Disadvantaged pupils achieve well. In 2014, disadvantaged pupils in Year 6 were three terms behind their
non-disadvantaged classmates in writing and mathematics and four terms behind in reading. Compared
with all pupils nationally, disadvantaged pupils were two terms behind in writing and mathematics and
three terms behind in reading. The school’s current data show that disadvantaged pupils in Year 6 are
now only one term behind in mathematics and writing and two terms behind in reading compared with
non-disadvantaged pupils in the school. Gaps in achievement are closing rapidly and in some year groups
lower down the school the gaps have closed because systems to support these pupils are very effective.
- Pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds, including the small proportion who speak English as an
additional language, achieve well if they have been at the school for long enough because they are
supported very effectively, both by staff in the school and through specialist support from outside
- Pupils who join the school partway through their Key Stage 2 education are integrated quickly. If they are
behind in their learning they receive appropriate support to help them catch up and make good gains in
their learning. Providing they are in the school for long enough, they attain as well as their classmates.
What inspection judgements mean
|Grade 1||Outstanding||An outstanding school is highly effective in delivering outcomes that |
provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs. This ensures that pupils
are very well equipped for the next stage of their education, training or
|Grade 2||Good||A good school is effective in delivering outcomes that provide well for all |
its pupils’ needs. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their
education, training or employment.
|Grade 3||Requires |
|A school that requires improvement is not yet a good school, but it is not |
inadequate. This school will receive a full inspection within 24 months
from the date of this inspection.
|Grade 4||Inadequate||A school that requires special measures is one where the school is failing |
to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the school’s
leaders, managers or governors have not demonstrated that they have
the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school. This
school will receive regular monitoring by Ofsted inspectors.
A school that has serious weaknesses is inadequate overall and requires
significant improvement but leadership and management are judged to
be Grade 3 or better. This school will receive regular monitoring by
|Unique reference number||117781|
|Local authority||North Lincolnshire|
This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.
|Type of school||Primary|
|Age range of pupils||7–11|
|Gender of pupils||Mixed|
|Number of pupils on the school roll||345|
|Appropriate authority||The governing body|
|Date of previous school inspection||30 October 2013|
|Telephone number||01724 867065|
|Fax number||01724 873037|