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Herne Bay Junior School

Herne Bay Junior School
Kings Road
Herne Bay

phone: 01227 374608

headteacher: Mr T Littlewood


school holidays: via Kent council

475 pupils aged 7—10y mixed gender
500 pupils capacity: 95% full

235 boys 49%


240 girls 51%


Last updated: June 19, 2014

Primary — Foundation School

Education phase
Establishment type
Foundation School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 617911, Northing: 167922
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.369, Longitude: 1.1292
Accepting pupils
7—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
March 20, 2014
Region › Const. › Ward
South East › North Thanet › Heron
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %
Trust school
Is supported by a Trust

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Schools nearby

  1. Herne Bay Infant School CT65SH (411 pupils)
  2. 0.2 miles Grosvenor House CT65DL
  3. 0.2 miles Grosvenor House CT65BL (4 pupils)
  4. 0.2 miles Canterbury and Swale Alternative Curriculum PRU CT65BL (47 pupils)
  5. 0.3 miles Becket School CT66DB
  6. 0.4 miles Fairlight Glen Independent Special School CT65QQ (4 pupils)
  7. 0.5 miles St Philip Howard Catholic Primary School CT68TF
  8. 0.9 miles Herne Bay High School CT67NS
  9. 0.9 miles Herne Bay High School CT67NS (1507 pupils)
  10. 1 mile Steppingstone School CT67QG
  11. 1 mile Greenfinch Farm Education Centre CT67QG
  12. 1.1 mile Hampton Primary School CT68NB
  13. 1.1 mile Hampton Primary School CT68NB (553 pupils)
  14. 1.3 mile Herne Church of England Infant School CT67AH (308 pupils)
  15. 1.3 mile Herne Church of England Junior School CT67AL (351 pupils)
  16. 1.4 mile Briary Primary School CT67RS (407 pupils)
  17. 2 miles Reculver Church of England Primary School CT66TA (475 pupils)
  18. 2 miles Reculver Church of England Primary School CT66TA
  19. 2.7 miles Hoath Primary School CT34LA (70 pupils)
  20. 3.1 miles Swalecliffe Community Primary School CT52PH (648 pupils)
  21. 3.6 miles Chislet Church of England Primary School CT34DU (80 pupils)
  22. 3.9 miles Hersden Community Primary School CT34HS
  23. 3.9 miles Montgomery School CT20HD
  24. 3.9 miles Spires Academy CT20HD (476 pupils)

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11 November 2014
Mrs F Nation
Herne Bay Junior School
Kings Road
Herne Bay
Dear Mrs Nation

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Herne Bay Junior

Following my visit to your school on Monday 10 November 2014, 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 March 2014. It was carried
out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.
Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring
improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection. The school should take
further action to:

sharpen the school development plan by focusing your actions more on

teaching and learning, redoubling the work on mathematics, and including
clear, measurable milestones which relate to pupil outcomes.


During the inspection I met with you and your deputy headteacher, some middle
leaders, including the leads for English, mathematics and science, your assistant
headteacher, who is also the special educational needs co-ordinator, and two
members of the governing body to discuss the action taken since the last inspection.
I spoke to a representative from the local authority on the phone. We visited
classrooms together, during which I observed some teaching, looked at work in
pupils’ books and discussed with pupils what they were learning. I also scrutinised a
range of documents, including minutes from a recent governors’ meeting, a

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headteacher’s report to the governors and visit reports completed by advisers from

the local authority. I evaluated the revised school improvement plan.


You took up the post of headteacher at the school in September. A new lead for
English joined the school at the same time, along with three other newly qualified

Main findings

Since your arrival there has been increased impetus and energy to the work being
done to improve the school. Leaders at all levels have responded positively to your
high expectations and drive to get things done. As a result staff already feel more
confident about what they are doing and empowered by the responsibility that you
have given them.
Your vision for a rich, balanced, but challenging curriculum is shared by other
leaders. When necessary, you have taken difficult decisions to make your vision a

reality. For example, the restructuring of the ‘Learning and Family Support’

department has freed up money to significantly improve the provision for all pupils
at the school. You have employed music and physical education specialists to work
with all classes. This has raised the profile of the foundation subjects as well as
improving the quality of teaching for pupils overall. You have also improved how
children with disabilities or special educational needs are supported with their
learning, by ensuring they are in class more during English and mathematics lessons.
Middle leaders continue to develop their roles well under your guidance. They are
beginning to understand the strengths and weaknesses in their subjects better and
are clearer about their responsibilities. They are relishing the challenge you are
providing and feel supported in developing their roles further. There is still some way
to go, however, before they are effective leaders. A crucial next step is to ensure
that all middle leaders are given the opportunity to observe teaching and learning in
their areas of responsibility.
Governors are also continuing to develop their roles well. They have restructured
how they are organised following advice from the local authority. This has ensured
that the responsibility for monitoring has been effectively shared out. Minutes from
meetings demonstrate that they continue to ask challenging questions of you and
other leaders. They are also providing better challenge through the monitoring visits
undertaken during the school day. For example their recent monitoring of pupil
progress meetings gave them the opportunity to ask relevant questions. They are
positive about your open and honest approach, which has enabled them to become
more effective in their roles.
The changes you have made to the school development plan are reasonably well
focused on the areas for improvement identified in the previous inspection report.
There remains, however, a lack of detail about how you intend to improve teaching,
particularly in mathematics. And the milestones toward longer term targets do not

link well enough to pupil outcomes for the impact of the plan to be measured

regularly during the academic year. Nevertheless, the improvements you have made
to leadership are beginning to make an impact on teaching and learning. During the
short visits to classrooms that we made it was evident how your high expectations

have raised the standard and quality of work presented in pupils’ books. This was

particularly the case in English. Pupils are already benefitting from the renewed
energy and enthusiasm that teachers are bringing to lessons.
Teachers more consistently apply the changes you have made to the marking policy;
notably in English, but less so in mathematics. We saw several examples of more
able pupils being better challenged through tailored work to meet their needs. They
are responding well to this and can talk about what they are doing and why with
Teaching still varies in quality. Better teaching was characterised by the use of good
questioning that probed pupils’ understanding and deepened their learning. This was
the case in a strong mathematics lesson seen in Year 3, where the teacher used an
enquiry approach to solving problems. He skilfully guided pupils through what they
needed to do by using probing questioning, giving them the opportunity to apply
their mathematical learning themselves. Overall, however, we saw that learning in
mathematics is much less well developed than in English. Where teaching is weaker
there is less purpose in what pupils are doing, and teachers do not always adapt
their teaching to the needs of pupils well enough during lessons to help them make
better progress.
The results achieved by pupils in the 2014 end of key stage 2 assessments reflects
what we saw in classes. Despite improvements across the board, pupils did not
make as much progress in mathematics as they did in reading and writing.
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

You have continued to make effective use of the support offered by the local
authority. Governors have, in particular, benefited from continued scrutiny provided
by governor services. Reports written by the local authority following their visits
demonstrate that they are providing the right support and challenge for the school. I
was pleased to hear that future support will be considered collaboratively between
you and the local authority.
I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body and the Director of

Children’s Services for Kent.

Yours sincerely
Matthew Barnes

Seconded Inspector

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