Deepdale Junior School

Deepdale Junior School
St Stephens Road
Preston
Lancashire
PR16TD

Phone:01772 795588
Headteacher: Miss Shenaz Munshi

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324 pupils, Mixed

163 boys
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161 girls
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Ofsted report

Inspection Report

Unique Reference Number119227
Local AuthorityLancashire
Inspection number313224
Inspection dates8-9 May 2008
Reporting inspectorJoe Clark

This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.


Type of schoolJunior
School categoryCommunity
Age range of pupils7-11
Gender of pupilsMixed
Number on roll (school)323
Appropriate authorityThe governing body
Date of previous school inspection1 February 2005
School addressSt Stephen's Road
Preston, Lancashire
PR1 6TD
Telephone number01772 795588
Fax number01772 653793
ChairMr S Khan
HeadteacherMiss Shenaz Munshi

Introduction

The inspection was carried out by three Additional Inspectors.

Description of the school

This is a larger than average Junior school serving an area of high social and economic deprivation. The vast majority of pupils are from minority ethnic communities, mainly Indian. Three quarters have a first language other than English. Pupils speak 14 community languages, the most common being Gujerati. The proportion of pupils entitled to a free school meal is above the national average, as is the proportion of pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. The proportion of pupils with a statement of special educational need is well above the national average.

Key for inspection grades
Grade 1Outstanding
Grade 2Good
Grade 3Satisfactory
Grade 4Inadequate

Overall effectiveness of the school

Grade: 2

This is a good school that gives good value for money. Some aspects of its provision are outstanding. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. Pupils are very reflective, and their spiritual development, enhanced by excellent links with the local faith communities, is very strong. The various minority ethnic groups mix easily together, having respect for different races, cultures and faiths, whilst remaining proud of their own culture and identity. Pupils love coming to school, although their overall attendance is adversely affected by a minority of parents taking their children on extended visits abroad and/or taking more than the permissible number of days for religious festivals during school time, and persistent non-attendees. Preparation for their future economic well-being is satisfactory. When at school, pupils enjoy exercising responsibility through the many opportunities that exist to show leadership and dependability. The school council is highly regarded and has been very effective in helping improve outdoor play facilities. Pupils talk knowledgably about healthy eating and keeping safe and know the importance of exercise and keeping fit.

Pupils join the school with standards that fluctuate from year to year but are generally well below the national average overall; speaking and listening skills are also well below average. Currently, pupils are progressing well and achieving standards that, whilst below the national average, indicate good achievement given their starting points. Progress is accelerating because of the recent improvements in teaching and learning and the good quality curriculum. The vast majority of lessons seen during the inspection were good and none was less than satisfactory. Teachers plan lessons with activities that interest and extend pupils. Relationships are positive so that pupils are well motivated to learn. Marking is regular and encouraging but pupils need more support in recognising their own next steps for learning. Pupils’ excellent attitudes to learning underpin the good progress they make.

The senior leadership team is relatively new but is already having an impact on rising standards and accelerated progress. The headteacher provides strong leadership, setting a clear agenda for improvement through effective systems of monitoring and evaluation of the school’s work. Subject leaders are beginning to have an impact on raising standards but most are new and are just beginning to exercise their roles to full effect. Governors have a clear awareness of areas of school strengths and what needs to be improved and are determined to make a difference. As yet, they do not, as a group, take an active enough role in supporting the school’s efforts to improve attendance.

The overwhelming majority of parents support the school, as evidenced by the comments received through the Ofsted questionnaire, and appreciate the standard of education their children receive. ‘Several of my children attend this school and I am very pleased with the standard of education and the care they have received in school’ was typical of several. This confidence is not misplaced because the school takes excellent care of its pupils. Links with outside agencies to support pupils’ learning, both for pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and pupils at an early stage of learning English, are outstanding. Safeguarding procedures fully comply with recent legislation. The school has made good improvements since the previous inspection and has a good capacity to succeed in the future.

What the school should do to improve further

  • Support pupils in recognising their own next steps for learning.
  • Promote the effective involvement of parents and governors to improve pupils’ attendance.
  • Further develop the role of subject leaders in order to have a greater impact on pupils’ learning.

Achievement and standards

Grade: 2

Pupils join the school with standards that fluctuate greatly but which are generally well below the national average. In the national tests at the end of Year 6 in 2007, results were significantly below average, especially in English. Girls performed significantly better than boys. Results were below average in mathematics and broadly average in science. These results represented satisfactory achievement for this cohort of pupils. Based on evidence from lesson observations, the work in pupils’ books and the school’s robust tracking data, current standards, whilst below average overall, are rising and pupils’ progress is now good. Most pupils have a first language other than English, and improving pupils’ basic English skills, especially those of boys, has been a school priority. As the result of a range of strategies and interventions, pupils’ basic English skills are improving, though at a faster rate in reading than in writing. Pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and those at the early stage of learning English make good progress.

Personal development and well-being

Grade: 2

Pupils’ personal development is good. Their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. Despite their cultural differences, pupils play and work together in harmony, both in and out of lessons. Residential visits help develop tolerance and understanding of others. Pupils gain a better understanding of White British culture through productive links with schools in other parts of the region. On the yard they use the good range of outdoor play equipment enthusiastically but sensibly. This includes the tyre park, which was provided at pupils’ own initiative. Pupils say there is no bullying and they know who to talk to if worried or upset. They find playground leaders, the ‘worry boxes’ and the daily ‘drop in’ centre manned by learning mentors, reassuring. Attitudes to learning are positive and behaviour is good. Pupils throw themselves wholeheartedly into the wide range of opportunities that exist for exercising responsibility, for example, as house captains or monitors of various kinds. They are knowledgeable about healthy eating and taking exercise and attendance at after-school sport is good. Average basic skills, good social skills, and annual Enterprise weeks provide a satisfactory preparation for the next stage of learning. Attendance has declined from last year’s level and is now below average, mainly because of holidays and extended leave for religious festivals taken in school time. The school is doing all it can to promote regular and prompt attendance and has rigorous systems to monitor and follow-up on absentees.

Quality of provision

Quality of provision

Teaching and learning

Grade: 2

Teaching is good, ensuring that pupils learn well. Relationships between adults and pupils are warm and positive. As a result, pupils are enthusiastic about their work. Planning takes account of pupils’ different levels of ability, including those who find learning difficult and those who need the challenge of harder work. Occasionally, higher attaining pupils could be challenged more. Most lessons are well paced, stimulating and interest pupils in their learning. Occasionally, when pupils have to listen too long, lessons lose pace and pupils become restless. Teachers ensure that pupils know what is expected of them by discussing what is to be learned. Teachers manage behaviour well, and pupils listen well in lessons. Good questioning strategies often challenge thinking. Work is generally well marked, with praise where it is deserved and helpful comments about how to improve. However, this practice is not yet consistent across the school. Teaching assistants are well trained and many are multi-lingual. They contribute effectively to lessons.

Curriculum and other activities

Grade: 2

The good curriculum is responsive to local needs, for example, providing effective support to pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities or for whom English is an additional language. This enables both groups of pupils to make good progress. A more creative approach in enabling staff to make meaningful links between subjects is being developed but has not had time yet to have an impact on higher standards. The school has the Basic Skills Agency Quality Mark and there is good provision for developing basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. This is enabling pupils to become more confident speakers and listeners. Curriculum enrichment is strong and the school makes every effort to provide a wide range of exciting activities, for example, through a visit to the National Football Museum to learn about a local football hero killed in the First World War, and links with Preston North End and Lancashire College. Visitors such as poets, community faith leaders and theatre groups complement the curriculum well. The curriculum is further enhanced by a wide range of after school activities, including a gardening and eco-club, but particularly in sport, as a consequence of the school’s Activemark Gold award. These activities are well attended, despite the majority of pupils attending Mosque later in the evening. Although there is an information and communication technology (ICT) club, pupils say they would like more access to computers at lunch-times and after school.

Care, guidance and support

Grade: 1

The care, guidance and support provided for pupils are outstanding. Excellent support is provided to ensure the inclusion of pupils from the broad range of backgrounds and ethnicities represented. National requirements for the safeguarding of pupils are met. Arrangements are thorough and robust. Child protection arrangements are similarly thorough. Risk assessments are carried out as necessary and governors conduct regular reviews of health and safety arrangements. Staff are committed to the welfare and well-being of all pupils. Beyond this, a thorough support network monitors and mentors school life. The emotional well-being, and academic progress of the potentially more vulnerable pupils, including those who find learning more difficult, is efficiently managed. Excellent work with a range of outside agencies supports pupils’ well-being, for example, the school is one of only three in the local authority which provides on-site optician support. Academic progress is well monitored, with good use of assessment information to set and achieve targets.

Leadership and management

Grade: 2

Leadership and management are good. The headteacher provides strong and effective leadership, setting a clear direction for improvement. Together with the deputy and other senior managers, they make an effective team, providing the impetus for rising standards and faster progress. Excellent links have been established with other local schools. These have had a positive impact on common approaches to attendance issues and curriculum initiatives, for example in history. Tracking systems are robust and identify underachievement at an early stage, enabling intervention and support to be provided as appropriate. Monitoring and evaluation systems are secure and are leading to improvement, for example, in teaching and learning. Relatively new subject leaders are developing their roles with the effective support of senior leaders and outside consultants but are not yet as fully effective as they want to be. The school has met its challenging targets in national tests at the end of Year 6 in each of the previous two years. Governors provide good support and increasing challenge but need to be more pro-active in tackling attendance. They recognise the problem and have made some effective personal interventions with parents. The majority of parents are very supportive of the school. They appreciate the parental workshops, for example, ‘Keeping up with the pupils’, that take place during the day and in the evenings.

Annex A

Inspection judgements

Key to judgements: grade 1 is outstanding, grade 2 good, grade 3 satisfactory, and grade 4 inadequateSchool Overall
Overall effectiveness
How effective, efficient and inclusive is the provision of education, integrated care and any extended services in meeting the needs of learners?2
Effective steps have been taken to promote improvement since the last inspectionYes
How well does the school work in partnership with others to promote learners' well-being?1
The capacity to make any necessary improvements2
Achievement and standards
How well do learners achieve?2
The standards1 reached by learners3
How well learners make progress, taking account of any significant variations between groups of learners2
How well learners with learning difficulties and disabilities make progress2
1 Grade 1 - Exceptionally and consistently high; Grade 2 - Generally above average with none significantly below average; Grade 3 - Broadly average to below average; Grade 4 - Exceptionally low.
Personal development and well-being
How good is the overall personal development and well-being of the learners?2
The extent of learners' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development1
The extent to which learners adopt healthy lifestyles2
The extent to which learners adopt safe practices2
How well learners enjoy their education2
The attendance of learners3
The behaviour of learners2
The extent to which learners make a positive contribution to the community2
How well learners develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being3
The quality of provision
How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of the learners' needs?2
How well do the curriculum and other activities meet the range of needs and interests of learners?2
How well are learners cared for, guided and supported?1
Leadership and management
How effective are leadership and management in raising achievement and supporting all learners?2
How effectively leaders and managers at all levels set clear direction leading to improvement and promote high quality of care and education2
How effectively leaders and managers use challenging targets to raise standards2
The effectiveness of the school's self-evaluation2
How well equality of opportunity is promoted and discrimination tackled so that all learners achieve as well as they can2
How effectively and efficiently resources, including staff, are deployed to achieve value for money 2
The extent to which governors and other supervisory boards discharge their responsibilities 2
Do procedures for safeguarding learners meet current government requirements?Yes
Does this school require special measures?No
Does this school require a notice to improve?No

Annex B

Text from letter to pupils explaining the findings of the inspection

12 May 2008

Dear Pupils

Inspection of Deepdale Junior School, Lancashire, PR1 6TD

Thank you so much for the warm welcome you gave us when we inspected your school recently. We really enjoyed talking to you, especially in the Friendship Garden, and hearing what you thought about your school. We thoroughly enjoyed your assembly and I was delighted to be invited to join you at the Captain’s Table!

I’m pleased to report that we agree with your own view that Deepdale Juniors is a good school and some of what it does is outstanding. These are the things we particularly liked about your school:

  • your personal development is good
  • the school takes excellent care of you
  • the work of the school in getting others to support you is brilliant
  • you are taught well, enjoy a good curriculum, and make good progress in your learning
  • you make a good contribution to the school community through the many posts of responsibility you undertake
  • the school is well led and managed by your headteacher and others.

To make your education even better the school needs to improve the way your work is marked so that you know what your next steps of learning are. Parents and governors need to be more active in improving attendance. Your subject leaders are going to become more experienced and skilful in helping you make good progress. You can play your part by making sure you regularly attend school and do the very best you can.

Thank you once again for being so helpful and good luck for the future.

Very best wishes

Joe Clark, Jean Havard, and Geoff Cooper

Lead Inspector

Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance 'Complaints about school inspections', which is available from Ofsted's website: ofsted.gov.uk.