Monteclefe Church of England VA Junior School Closed - academy converter July 31, 2012
Headteacher: Mr David Norton
School holidays for Monteclefe Church of England VA Junior School via Somerset council
Primary — Voluntary Aided School
- Education phase
- Religious character
- Church of England
- Establishment type
- Voluntary Aided School
- Establishment #
- Close date
- July 31, 2012
- Reason closed
- Academy Converter
- OSGB coordinates
- Easting: 349174, Northing: 128460
- GPS coordinates
- Latitude: 51.053, Longitude: -2.7265
- Accepting pupils
- 7—11 years old
- Ofsted last inspection
- Jan. 15, 2008
- Diocese of Bath and Wells
- Region › Const. › Ward
- South West › Somerton and Frome › Wessex
- Town and Fringe - less sparse
- Monteclefe Church of England VA Junior School TA117NL (173 pupils)
- 0.5 miles Somerton Infant School TA116LY (116 pupils)
- 0.5 miles King Ina Infants School TA116LY
- 2.1 miles Kingsdon Church of England Primary School TA117JX
- 2.2 miles Kingsdon Manor School TA117JZ
- 2.3 miles Charlton Mackrell CofE Primary School TA117BN (83 pupils)
- 2.3 miles Long Sutton CofE Primary School TA109NT (105 pupils)
- 2.6 miles Compton Dundon CofE Primary School TA116TE
- 3.4 miles Ilchester Community School BA228JL (272 pupils)
- 3.8 miles Keinton Mandeville Primary School TA116ES (150 pupils)
- 3.8 miles Butleigh Church of England Primary School BA68SX (93 pupils)
- 4 miles Bartletts Elm Special School TA109SP
- 4.1 miles Huish Episcopi Science College TA109SS
- 4.1 miles Huish Episcopi Academy TA109SS (1403 pupils)
- 4.4 miles Huish Episcopi Primary School TA109RW (120 pupils)
- 4.4 miles High Ham Church of England Primary School TA109BY (163 pupils)
- 4.4 miles Avalon School BA160PS (38 pupils)
- 4.4 miles Tor International School TA109BY
- 4.5 miles Brookside Community Primary School BA160PR
- 4.5 miles Brookside Community Primary School BA160PR (489 pupils)
- 4.8 miles Millfield School BA160YD (1223 pupils)
- 4.9 miles Hindhayes Infant School BA160HB (201 pupils)
- 5 miles Elmhurst Junior School BA160HH (280 pupils)
- 5 miles Ash Church of England Primary School TA126NS (164 pupils)
Ofsted report transcript
Monteclefe Church of England VA Junior
123838Unique Reference Number
15 January 2008Inspection date
Anthony ShieldReporting inspector
This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.
JuniorType of school
Voluntary aidedSchool category
711Age range of pupils
MixedGender of pupils
Number on roll
The governing bodyAppropriate authority
1 January 2004Date of previous school inspection
School LaneSchool address
01458 272587Telephone number
01458 274498Fax number
15 January 2008Inspection date
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Inspection Report: Monteclefe Church of England VA Junior School, 15 January 2008
The inspection was carried out by one Additional Inspector. The inspector evaluated the overall
effectiveness of the school and investigated the following issues: achievement and standards,
pupils’ personal development and well-being, the quality of teaching, care, guidance and
support, and leadership and management. Evidence was gathered from the school’s
self-evaluation (SEF), national published assessment data and the school’s own assessment
records, policies, minutes and other school documentation. Observation of the school at work,
interviews with members of the teaching staff and pupils, and parental questionnaires also
provided evidence. Other aspects of the school’s work were not investigated in detail, but the
inspector found no evidence to suggest that the school’s own assessments, as given in its
selfevaluation, were not justified, and these have been included where appropriate in this
Description of the school
Monteclefe Church of England Junior School is smaller than most primary schools. It serves the
market town of Somerton and its surrounding villages. Most pupils are of White British origin.
On entry, pupils' attainment is wide ranging but is just below average overall, and the proportion
of pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities is broadly average.
Key for inspection grades
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Overall effectiveness of the school
This is a good school. What makes it so special is its community spirit. Parents are very
supportive, pupils are proud to belong, and staff are loyal and hardworking. Good links with
its partner infant and secondary school through the Community Learning Partnership, and with
the local community, through such events as the Christmas carol concert, give pupils an
awareness of their role in society as a whole. The family ethos ensures relationships through
the school are caring and supportive. The school prides itself on its inclusive attitudes and has
successfully absorbed some vulnerable children with emotional and physical needs. Pupils look
after one another, and 'playground friends' ensure no pupils feel left out. Within this climate
of care and good relationships, pupils are given the confidence to flourish. Overall standards
in English and mathematics are broadly average by the time pupils leave in Year 6. Given their
starting points, pupils make good progress, particularly in English and science, and overall
achievement is good. Standards in science have been consistently good in recent years and,
while results in national tests in English have varied, measures taken to improve the quality of
writing have been particularly successful. In 2007, results improved in English, but slipped in
mathematics. Pupils lack confidence in applying their numeracy skills in different contexts, and
in lessons, expectations are not always high enough. While challenging targets were met in
English, results were just below targets in mathematics. Pupils with learning difficulties make
good progress. Good progress is the result of good teaching which encourages good attitudes
and purposeful learning. Pupils enjoy the lessons and like their teachers. 'They like a good joke'
is how one pupil described the warm relationships and sense of fun engendered in lessons.
Classrooms are welcoming environments and learning is well managed. Instructions and
explanations are clear and questions are used effectively to probe for understanding.
Well-targeted support from teaching assistants ensures pupils with learning difficulties are
included and encouraged to succeed. Both through the marking and feedback in lessons, pupils
are given encouragement, as well as guidance on how to improve. Some variability remains in
the quality of teaching, particularly in the use of assessment to plan work which challenges
each and every pupil at their own level. The good curriculum is well planned and the recent
re-structuring of classes means that it meets the needs of all pupils more securely. While there
is a strong focus on basic skills in literacy and numeracy, the school also ensures pupils have
good access to all subjects. French, physical education and whole-class instrumental music are
taught by specialist teachers. The curriculum is enriched by a range of visits and visitors, and
residential visits in particular make a significant contribution to pupils' personal development.
An extensive range of extra-curricular clubs and activities adds much to the overall provision.
The school's values are reflected in the pupils' good personal development, a strength of the
school. Pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good. They particularly enjoy
the opportunities the school provides for music; the samba and ukulele lessons are especially
popular. In lessons, pupils are keen to please and try hard, responding well to motivational
strategies such as table and house points. Their behaviour is thoughtful and considerate. Pupils
have a very good understanding of healthy lifestyles, reflected in the school's recent award of
both Healthy School status and Activemark. They feel safe in school and know that bullying is
taken seriously and will be sorted out. The school council carried out important work in
conjunction with Anti-Bullying Week, and has put forward ideas on environmental issues and
playground equipment. Pupils know their views are listened to. These responsible attitudes
help prepare pupils successfully for their future. Above all, pupils enjoy coming to school, which
is reflected in their above-average attendance. The school pays careful attention to every child.
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Indeed, good care, guidance and support are at the root of all that the school does. Pupils'
health, safety and welfare, including child protection and safeguarding, are a high priority. The
care and support of vulnerable pupils, including those with learning difficulties and/or
disabilities, are especially good. Academic guidance is good and increasingly effective as teachers
use assessment data to track pupils' progress, raise expectations and set challenging targets.
A good start has been made with relatively new procedures, though more needs to be done to
make this a feature of everyday practice. Meetings between the headteacher and class teachers
to review each pupil's progress are being used well to ensure pupils are on track, and intervention
strategies are programmed for pupils at risk of underachieving. The headteacher's determined
leadership, ably supported by his deputy, has created a school whose values are widely shared.
Leadership and management are good. The school is moving forward strongly as a result of a
clear focus on improving both standards and teaching. The drive to improve standards of writing
has been effective and better use of challenging targets is being used effectively to raise
expectations. Staff are ambitious for further improvement, and in this they are well supported
by the governing body, who provide committed support and challenge. Monitoring is ensuring
accurate and realistic self-evaluation. The school improvement plan identifies sensible priorities,
but lacks a clear focus on how these are to be achieved. There is a commitment to improve
further, and the school has good capacity to do so. Parental support is strong. They are
particularly pleased with the welcoming environment, the approachability of staff and enthusiasm
with which their children come to school. Typical of parental comments made to the inspector
was: 'We have been delighted with the school for our children… and have nothing but praise
for a wonderful school.'
What the school should do to improve further
Raise expectations and standards in mathematics through applying numeracy skills in different
Use assessment more consistently to plan work which challenges individual pupils at their
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Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out
in the guidance 'Complaints about school inspection', which is available from Ofsted’s website:
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Key to judgements: grade 1 is outstanding, grade 2 good, grade 3 satisfactory, and
grade 4 inadequate
How effective, efficient and inclusive is the provision of education, integrated
care and any extended services in meeting the needs of learners?
Effective steps have been taken to promote improvement since the last
How well does the school work in partnership with others to promote learners'
2The capacity to make any necessary improvements
Achievement and standards
2How well do learners achieve?
reached by learners
How well learners make progress, taking account of any significant variations between
groups of learners
2How well learners with learning difficulties and disabilities make progress
Personal development and well-being
How good is the overall personal development and well-being of the
2The extent of learners' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
2The extent to which learners adopt healthy lifestyles
2The extent to which learners adopt safe practices
2How well learners enjoy their education
2The attendance of learners
2The behaviour of learners
2The extent to which learners make a positive contribution to the community
How well learners develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to
their future economic well-being
The quality of provision
How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of the
How well do the curriculum and other activities meet the range of needs
and interests of learners?
2How well are learners cared for, guided and supported?
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.
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Leadership and management
How effective are leadership and management in raising achievement
and supporting all learners?
How effectively leaders and managers at all levels set clear direction leading
to improvement and promote high quality of care and education
2How effectively leaders and managers use challenging targets to raise standards
2The effectiveness of the school's self-evaluation
How well equality of opportunity is promoted and discrimination tackled so
that all learners achieve as well as they can
How effectively and efficiently resources, including staff, are deployed to
achieve value for money
The extent to which governors and other supervisory boards discharge their
Do procedures for safeguarding learners meet current government
NoDoes this school require special measures?
NoDoes this school require a notice to improve?
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Text from letter to pupils explaining the findings of the inspection
16 January 2008 Dear Pupils Inspection of Monteclefe C of E Junior School, Somerton TA11
7NL Thank you for welcoming me to your school. I enjoyed talking to you and particularly
liked the friendly welcome you gave me. Yours is a good school and you are rightly proud to
attend it. These are the most important things to say about your school
There is a fantastic sense of community in the school, and you all look after each other very
You get on well with your teachers and with each other.
Teachers make lessons interesting and fun. You work hard in lessons and try your best!
You enjoy going to school and take part in everything with enthusiasm.
You are well behaved, friendly and polite.
There is a good range of clubs you can join.
The school takes very good care of you and the support given to those of you who need
most help is particularly good.
Your headteacher and all the staff are working successfully to make your school one of the
Most of you make good progress, but I have asked the school to make sure you do better in
mathematics, and understand how to use your number skills.
I have also asked the teachers to use the knowledge of how well each of you is doing to set
work which is always going to make you think hard. Thank you once again for your help
during the inspection. With best wishes for the future, Yours sincerely Mr Tony Shield Lead
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Inspection of Monteclefe C of E Junior School, Somerton TA11 7NL
Thank you for welcoming me to your school. I enjoyed talking to you and particularly
liked the friendly welcome you gave me. Yours is a good school and you are rightly
proud to attend it.
These are the most important things to say about your school
- There is a fantastic sense of community in the school, and you all look after
each other very well.
- You get on well with your teachers and with each other.
- Teachers make lessons interesting and fun. You work hard in lessons and try
- You enjoy going to school and take part in everything with enthusiasm.
- You are well behaved, friendly and polite.
- There is a good range of clubs you can join.
- The school takes very good care of you and the support given to those of you
who need most help is particularly good.
- Your headteacher and all the staff are working successfully to make your school
one of the best!
- Most of you make good progress, but I have asked the school to make sure you
do better in mathematics, and understand how to use your number skills.
- I have also asked the teachers to use the knowledge of how well each of you is
doing to set work which is always going to make you think hard.
Thank you once again for your help during the inspection.
With best wishes for the future,
Mr Tony Shield