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Danesholme Junior School

Danesholme Junior School
Motala Close

phone: 01536 741657

headteacher: Mrs Karen Rolf

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school holidays: via Northamptonshire council

363 pupils aged 7—10y mixed gender
384 pupils capacity: 95% full

195 boys 54%


170 girls 47%


Last updated: July 21, 2014

Primary — Foundation School

Education phase
Establishment type
Foundation School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 486127, Northing: 286772
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 52.472, Longitude: -0.73349
Accepting pupils
7—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
July 15, 2014
Region › Const. › Ward
East Midlands › Corby › Danesholme
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %
Trust school
Is supported by a Trust

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Schools nearby

  1. Danesholme Infant School NN189DT (313 pupils)
  2. 0.4 miles The Kingswood School NN189NS
  3. 0.4 miles Kingswood Secondary Academy NN189NS (1182 pupils)
  4. 0.6 miles Kingswood Community Junior School NN189BE
  5. 0.6 miles Our Lady and Pope John Catholic Secondary School NN180TF
  6. 0.7 miles Corby Kingswood Primary School NN189BE
  7. 0.7 miles Kingswood Primary Academy NN189BE (257 pupils)
  8. 0.8 miles Maplefields School NN180TH (100 pupils)
  9. 0.9 miles Brooke Weston CTC NN188LA
  10. 0.9 miles Brooke Weston Academy NN188LA (1159 pupils)
  11. 1 mile Beanfield Infant School NN180LJ
  12. 1 mile Beanfield Junior School NN180LJ
  13. 1 mile Beanfield Primary School NN180LJ
  14. 1 mile Beanfield Primary School NN180LJ (543 pupils)
  15. 1.1 mile Hazel Leys Nursery and Primary School NN180QF (259 pupils)
  16. 1.1 mile St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, Corby NN189NT (254 pupils)
  17. 1.1 mile Hazel Leys Junior School NN180QF
  18. 1.2 mile Beanfield Community College NN180NG
  19. 1.2 mile Hazel Leys Infant School NN180QP
  20. 1.2 mile Maplefields School NN180QP
  21. 1.3 mile St Brendan's Catholic Junior School NN180AZ
  22. 1.3 mile St Brendan's Catholic Primary School NN180AZ (307 pupils)
  23. 1.3 mile Oakley Vale Primary School NN188RH
  24. 1.3 mile Corby Primary Academy NN188QA (92 pupils)

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11 February 2015
Mrs Karen Rolf
Danesholme Junior School
Motala Close
NN18 9DT
Dear Mrs Rolf

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Danesholme Junior

Following my visit to your school on 10 February 2015, I write on behalf of Her

Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the

inspection findings. Thank you for the help you gave me and for the time you made
available to discuss the actions you are taking to improve the school since the most
recent section 5 inspection.
The visit was the second monitoring inspection since the school was judged to
require improvement following the section 5 inspection in July 2015. It was carried
out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. At its previous section 5 inspection
the school was also judged to require improvement.
Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring
improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection. This judgement is based
on the most recent action since the last monitoring visit. The increased rate of
progress must be urgently built upon and sustained.


During the inspection, meetings were held with the headteacher, deputy
headteacher and other school leaders; the Chair of the Governing Body and one
other governor; and a representative of the local authority to discuss the action
taken since the last inspection. I observed two lessons jointly with the headteacher.
I spoke informally with pupils and looked at their work. I examined pupils’ books and
scrutinised school documentation. The school improvement plan was evaluated. I
checked the single central record.

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Two class teachers are currently absent from school with long-term illnesses. A new
part-time teaching assistant has been appointed.

Main findings

The actions you and the deputy headteacher have taken recently to improve the
quality of education, have begun to accelerate the progress pupils make.
Improvement plans are more precise and focused to improve the quality of teaching.
Plans have tighter timeframes for measuring success. As a result, the governing
body is able to hold you to account more fully for your work.
You and other school leaders check the progress of pupils more regularly. You look

carefully at pupils’ work and check its quality, including the quality of marking. As a

result, pupils quickly receive focused support to help them learn. School data show
that most groups of pupils are making faster progress in their learning. However, the
legacy of underachievement, particularly for the oldest pupils, means that they are
not attaining the standards expected for their age.
Since the last visit, you have improved the quality of teaching in writing. Teachers
plan writing activities that match the learning needs of pupils better. Pupils have
more opportunities to write at length across different subjects. Pupils also use well-
defined personal writing targets to improve their work. As a result, most pupils are
developing their writing skills more quickly.
The governing body has acted quickly to address issues raised at the last monitoring
visit. It is using data better to challenge school leaders about improvements in the
quality of teaching. Governors are better organised and use the school improvement
plan carefully to direct their actions in checking the quality of education. As a result,
governors visit the school more regularly and have a clear focus on checking the

quality of school leaders’ actions. They offer timely and appropriate challenge where

it is necessary.
Ofsted may carry out further visits and, where necessary, provide further support
and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection.

External support

The local authority is providing effective challenge and support to the school. It has
identified funding and brokered the support from a National Leader of Education
from Duston Academy. This support is being used effectively to evaluate the quality

and impact of teaching. The headteacher has been quick to take this appropriate

advice and has used it to improve the quality of teaching effectively. The local
authority continues to provide reports that focus on the key issues and challenge
school leaders to improve further. Maplefields Teaching Alliance is providing valuable
support to leading teachers. As a result, they are better able to contribute to whole
school leadership of learning.

I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body, and the Director of

Children’s Services for Northamptonshire.

Yours sincerely
Jan Connor

Her Majesty’s Inspector

The letter should be copied to the following:

 Appropriate authority - Chair of the Governing Body/Interim Executive Board
 Local authority – including where the school is an academy
 Contractor providing support services on behalf of the local authority - where appropriate

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