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Perry Court Junior School Closed - result of amalgamation Aug. 31, 2014

see new Perry Court Primary School

Perry Court Junior School
Great Hayles Road

phone: 0117 *** ***

headteacher: Ms A Osborne

school holidays: via Bristol council

191 pupils aged 7—10y mixed gender
200 pupils capacity: 95% full

100 boys 52%


95 girls 50%


Last updated: Sept. 1, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
Close date
Aug. 31, 2014
Reason closed
Result of Amalgamation
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 360282, Northing: 168758
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.416, Longitude: -2.5725
Accepting pupils
7—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Jan. 10, 2013
Region › Const. › Ward
South West › Bristol South › Hengrove
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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Schools nearby

  1. Perry Court Infant School BS140AX (211 pupils)
  2. Perry Court Primary School BS140AX
  3. 0.3 miles Tyning Hengrove Junior School BS149SN
  4. 0.3 miles New Oak Primary BS149SN
  5. 0.3 miles Oasis Academy New Oak BS149SN (210 pupils)
  6. 0.4 miles St Bernadette Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School BS149LP (208 pupils)
  7. 0.4 miles Hengrove Community Arts College BS149BU
  8. 0.4 miles St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School BS149LS (725 pupils)
  9. 0.4 miles Oasis Academy John Williams BS149BU (724 pupils)
  10. 0.5 miles Petherton Road Infant School BS149BX
  11. 0.7 miles Ilminster Avenue Specialist Nursery School BS41BX (208 pupils)
  12. 0.7 miles Ilminster Avenue Junior School BS41BX
  13. 0.7 miles Ilminster Avenue Infant School BS41BX
  14. 0.7 miles Wansdyke Primary School BS140DU (200 pupils)
  15. 0.7 miles Bridge Farm Junior School BS140LL
  16. 0.7 miles Bridge Farm Infant School BS140LL
  17. 0.7 miles Ilminster Avenue Primary School BS41BX
  18. 0.7 miles Bridge Farm Primary School BS140LL (471 pupils)
  19. 0.7 miles Ilminster Avenue E-ACT Academy BS41BX (236 pupils)
  20. 0.8 miles School of Christ The King Catholic Primary BS41HD (202 pupils)
  21. 0.9 miles Burnbush Primary School BS148DQ (158 pupils)
  22. 0.9 miles Whitchurch Primary School BS140PT (203 pupils)
  23. 0.9 miles Bridge Learning Campus - Secondary BS130RL
  24. 1 mile Queensdale Junior School BS41NH

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15 April 2013
Mr David Castle
Acting Headteacher
Perry Court Junior School
Great Hayles Road
BS14 0AX
Dear Mr Castle

Requires improvement monitoring inspection visit under section 8 of the
Education Act 2005 to Perry Court Junior School

Following my visit to your school on 12 April 2013, I write on behalf of Her Majesty’s

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

of my visit. 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 first monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in January 2013. It was carried out
under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.


During the visit, in addition to meeting with you, I met the acting deputy
headteacher and other senior and subject leaders, three members of the governing
body and a representative of the local authority. I also met with groups of pupils.
The school improvement plans were evaluated.


Before the January inspection the headteacher had indicated that she intended to
leave the school at Easter. She has now left and been replaced by promoting the
deputy headteacher to acting headteacher and the assistant headteacher has taken
on the acting deputy head role. The school was investigating plans to extend the
federation from the junior and infant schools to include two other local primary
schools. These plans have stopped as one of the other primary schools has decided
not to be part of the federation. School leaders and governors of Perry Court Junior
School now hope to be able to federate with the remaining primary school but plans
are not well advanced as the whole process now needs to be completed from the
beginning. The role of joint headteacher of the junior and infant schools has recently
been advertised.

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Main findings

School leaders have taken appropriate steps to improve the quality of teaching and
learning and to raise achievement. The updated system of checking how well pupils
are progressing now identifies individual pupils who are underachieving so that
suitable additional support can be introduced. The improved quality and accuracy of
class records to show the standards reached by pupils have ensured that the school
can identify how much progress pupils have made since their last assessments. This
information also shows whether a group is making less progress than others or if a
group which has been receiving additional support is making better progress than
those pupils who have not. Consequently teachers have changed the way in which
they support pupils with their reading as they could see that it had had limited
impact upon their progress. Information is also used to identify which staff need
additional support to improve their teaching of specific subjects.
Leaders, including subject leaders, have checked on how well teachers are teaching
and provided additional support when necessary. Subject leaders have supported
planning across both the junior and infant schools and looked at how to make sure
key aspects of literacy and numeracy are used across all subjects. By assessing how
much progress pupils make teachers are now able to evaluate the impact of teaching
on learning over time.
The school has written an additional improvement plan to cover fully the areas for
improvement identified in the inspection report. There is clear timeline of when
improvements will be introduced and when checked. The local authority and a Local
Leader of Education (LLE) have worked closely with the school to develop this plan
and the success criteria are clear, challenging and able to be used to check how
effective planned actions have been. The school’s original development plan and
subject action plans do not have the same degree of challenge and clarity with their
success criteria.
Governors have received support from the local authority adviser when working
towards the intended federation. However uncertainty about the long term direction
of the leadership of the school has meant that there are vacancies on the governing

body. In addition, some governors are new and have limited experience of areas like

safeguarding and support for disabled pupils and those with special educational
needs. This uncertainty has also meant staff are not clear of the long term direction
of the school.
Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring
improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection. Following the visit to the
school, HMI recommend that further action is taken to:

ensure the long term leadership and governance of the school is finalised

as soon as possible

recruit a full complement of governors
support governors who are new to their role to ensure that they have the

necessary skills and knowledge to challenge the school on areas like
safeguarding and support for disabled pupils and those with special
education needs.

I will make a further visit to support subject leaders for literacy and numeracy by
jointly observing lessons, looking at work in books and identifying how well staff are
ensuring pupils use their literacy and numeracy skills across all subjects.
Ofsted will continue to monitor the school until its next section 5 inspection.

External support

The local authority adviser has supported the school while it has been trying to
complete the federation process. The local authority has worked with a Local Leader
of Education to support the leadership of the school.

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

Children’s Services for Bristol City Council.

Yours sincerely
Michael Smith

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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