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Sawley Junior School

Sawley Junior School
Wilmot Street
Long Eaton

phone: 0115 9733626

headteacher: Ms Alison Burton

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school holidays: via Derbyshire council

289 pupils aged 7—10y mixed gender
268 pupils capacity: 108% full

145 boys 50%


145 girls 50%


Last updated: June 19, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 447208, Northing: 332028
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 52.884, Longitude: -1.2999
Accepting pupils
7—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Sept. 24, 2013
Region › Const. › Ward
East Midlands › Erewash › Sawley
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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  4. 0.8 miles The Long Eaton School NG103NP
  5. 0.8 miles Westbrook Special School NG103NP
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  10. 1.2 mile St Laurence CofE VA Primary School NG101DR (183 pupils)
  11. 1.2 mile Brooklands Primary School NG101BX (439 pupils)
  12. 1.3 mile Parklands Infant and Nursery School NG104BJ (257 pupils)
  13. 1.3 mile Brooklands Junior School NG101BW
  14. 1.3 mile Trent College NG104AD (1151 pupils)
  15. 1.4 mile Wilsthorpe Community School NG104WT (763 pupils)
  16. 1.4 mile Brackenfield Special School NG104DA (70 pupils)
  17. 1.5 mile Harrington Junior School NG104BQ (227 pupils)
  18. 1.5 mile English Martyrs' Catholic Primary NG104DA
  19. 1.5 mile English Martyrs' Catholic Primary NG104DA (281 pupils)
  20. 1.7 mile Highfield Primary School NG104HR
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  23. 2 miles Grange Primary School NG102DU (461 pupils)
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School report

Sawley Junior School

Wilmot Street, Sawley, Nottingham, NG10 3DQ

Inspection dates 24–25 September 2013
Overall effectiveness This inspection: Good 2
Previous inspection: Satisfactory 3
Achievement of pupils Good 2
Quality of teaching Good 2
Behaviour and safety of pupils Good 2
Leadership and management Good 2

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school.
It is not yet an outstanding school because

The senior leadership team has ensured that
All groups of pupils make good progress and
Teaching is good and some is outstanding.
the quality of teaching and pupils’
achievement in English and mathematics
have improved since the last inspection.
achieve well during their time in the school.
Teachers have high expectations and plan
lessons effectively to meet the needs of
pupils with different abilities.
Pupils enjoy school, they feel safe and their
Pupils read well, they are interested in reading
The school actively promotes pupils’ physical
good behaviour helps them learn successfully.
and enjoy a wide range of texts. Leaders have
moved swiftly to raise standards in writing and
reduce the gap in achievement in mathematics
between vulnerable pupils and their
well-being and their outstanding spiritual,
moral, social and cultural development.
Not enough teaching is outstanding to make
The governing body is not yet playing a full
sure that all groups of pupils make excellent
progress and maximise their achievement.
role in moving the school to become
Leaders of subjects other than English and
mathematics have not yet had a strong enough
impact on improving the quality of teaching
and pupils’ learning.
Inspection report: Sawley Junior School, 24–25 September 2013 2 of 9

Information about this inspection

  • Inspectors observed 31 lessons or parts of lessons, across all age groups. Seven of the
    observations were completed jointly with the headteacher. Inspectors also listened to pupils read
    and observed behaviour at the start of the day, break time and lunchtime.
  • Discussions were held with the headteacher, senior leaders, other members of staff, governors,
    a representative of the local authority, pupils and parents.
  • Inspectors looked at policies, self-evaluation and development planning, monitoring records,
    minutes from meetings, information about pupil progress, safeguarding documents and samples
    of pupils’ work.
  • Thirty-nine responses to Parent View, Ofsted’s online questionnaire, 26 returns of the staff
    questionnaire and the school’s own parental survey were taken into account.

Inspection team

Simon Mosley, Lead inspector Additional Inspector
Andrew Truby Additional Inspector
Janis Warren Additional Inspector
Inspection report: Sawley Junior School, 24–25 September 2013 3 of 9

Full report

Information about this school

  • The school above-average sized.
  • An average proportion of pupils are known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides
    additional funding for children in the care of the local authority and for pupils known to be
    eligible for free school meals.
  • Most pupils are from White British backgrounds and, of the small proportion who come from
    minority ethnic backgrounds, six speak English as an additional language.
  • The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs who are supported
    by school action is above average whilst the proportion supported at school action plus and with
    a statement is below average.
  • The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set out the minimum
    expectations for attainment and progress.

What does the school need to do to improve further?

  • Increase the proportion of outstanding teaching so that pupils, in all subjects and year groups,
    make excellent progress by ensuring that
    teaching strategies and resources interest all pupils and encourage them to take responsibility
    for their learning
    pupils are given sufficient opportunities to respond to comments when their work is marked,
    particularly in mathematics, so that they can make improvements
    teaching assistants are used effectively in all lessons to help pupils learn successfully
    opportunities are extended for teachers to learn from the very best practice and take on board
    the features that result in pupils’ excellent progress.
  • Strengthen the school’s leadership by
    developing the role of staff in further improving pupils’ progress and skills in all year groups in
    the subject for which they are responsible
    ensuring that the governing body has the knowledge, skills and understanding to fully hold
    senior leaders to account in their drive to be an outstanding school.
Inspection report: Sawley Junior School, 24–25 September 2013 4 of 9

Inspection judgements

The achievement of pupils is good
  • There have been considerable improvements in raising achievement in English and mathematics
    since the previous inspection. As a result of good teaching and their positive attitude towards
    learning, pupils are now making good progress.
  • The 2013 Year 6 national test results show that most pupils made good progress and some
    pupils made outstanding progress in reading, writing and mathematics. There has been a
    marked improvement in writing since the previous year. The school’s own data on current Year 6
    pupils’ achievement, observations of pupils’ learning and the quality of work in their books
    confirm that pupils make good progress in writing.
  • Different groups of pupils, including the most able, throughout the school achieve well. Senior
    leaders track the progress pupils make very carefully and this means that timely additional
    support is provided to individuals or groups of pupils when required. Boys and girls have
    responded very positively to the planned opportunities for completing extended writing tasks and
    this is reflected in the rapid progress seen in all years.
  • Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs make good progress. The school’s
    special educational needs co-ordinator uses the information about these pupils to make sure that
    additional support improves their learning. As a result, some pupils make outstanding progress
    in their knowledge, skills and understanding.
  • The most recent information shows that the attainment of pupils for whom the pupil premium
    provides support was in line with their classmates in English but almost a year behind in
    mathematics. Effective strategies are boosting pupils’ progress in both subjects and the gaps
    seen previously are closing.
  • Pupils enjoy reading. Opportunities are provided for pupils to read widely and often and
    volunteers hear children read on a regular basis. Weaker readers have a good range of
    strategies to help them work out how to read new words and understand texts. The school’s
    information on the progress made in reading, confirmed by inspectors listening to pupils read
    and observing their learning, show that these strategies are having a positive impact.
The quality of teaching is good
  • Teaching has improved since the last inspection. Lessons are planned to meet the needs of all
    pupils, including the most able, so pupils of different abilities and needs make equally good
    progress in English and mathematics.
  • Where teaching is the most effective the features of practice that result in the very best learning
    are routinely shared, teachers use questions effectively to elicit what pupils know, understand
    and can do and the school’s tracking system is used well to inform the specific tasks set for
    pupils and target setting. These approaches underpin pupils’ rapid progress.
  • Reading, writing and mathematics are taught well across the school and teaching makes a
    significant contribution to pupils’ excellent spiritual, moral, cultural and social development. For
    example, after reading an extract from a novel, skilful questioning of pupils in a Year 5 literacy
    lesson allowed them to develop a deeper understanding of the thoughts and feelings of other
Inspection report: Sawley Junior School, 24–25 September 2013 5 of 9
  • Teaching assistants are often used effectively to enhance the learning of particular pupils or
    groups of pupils, but this is not always the case. Similarly, pupils work well independently, in
    pairs, in groups and during whole class activities. However, at times, they are given too much
    direction, this hampers their learning and so they do not make rapid progress.
  • Pupils are given constructive and clear feedback in lessons and this allows them to move on in
    their learning. Marking is generally more effective in literacy than mathematics. Where it is best
    it is regular, gives clear next steps and teachers enable pupils time to respond to their comments
    in order to improve subsequent pieces of work.
The behaviour and safety of pupils are good
  • Pupils enjoy school and they are proud to be members of the school community. They have
    positive relationships with the staff and each other and, during the inspection, the atmosphere
    and behaviour in the school dining hall were exemplary.
  • Pupils are polite, welcoming and friendly, they display good manners and their conduct is
    responsible and considerate of others. They value the school’s rewards system and are keen to
    make the most of the opportunities for them to take on responsibilities in the school and the
    local community.
  • In lessons, pupils behave well and this contributes to their good progress. They listen carefully,
    follow instructions, respond positively to clearly established routines and complete tasks to the
    best of their ability. However, they do not always take full responsibility for their own learning.
  • Pupils feel safe in school. Almost all parents who expressed views agree that their children are
    safe in school and staff, parents and pupils all indicated that pupils behave well. This is
    supported by they fact that the number of exclusions and instances of poor behaviour continues
    to decrease.
  • Bullying is rare. Pupils understand what it means to be unkind to someone else and they are
    aware of different types of bullying. In addition to this, they are confident that staff would deal
    quickly with any unkindness if it happens.
  • As a result of enthusiastic engagement with school activities the above-average attendance of
    pupils continues to improve.
The leadership and management are good
  • The senior leadership team, supported by the governors, are taking decisive action that is
    improving the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement. This includes setting challenging
    targets, monitoring progress towards these targets and linking these to the management of
    teachers’ performance.
  • School leaders closely check the school’s work to arrive at accurate self-evaluation. They have
    set out carefully chosen priorities for raising achievement by improving the quality of teaching.
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  • Regular checks on the quality of teaching mean that senior leaders know where there are
    strengths and weaknesses. Specific training is offered to staff and, when necessary, leaders
    have provided additional support and challenge to individual teachers to make sure that their
    teaching improves. Some teachers have worked together to share and observe the best practice
    and this has worked well but not all staff are yet fully involved in this process.
  • The staff with specific responsibilities in English, mathematics and special educational needs are
    leading improvements in their areas. However, senior leaders recognise that the leadership roles
    of other staff are still in the process of development.
  • To support the strong development of spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness that takes
    place in lessons, pupils have many opportunities to take part in sporting, cultural and social
    activities such as netball, theatre visits and residential experiences.
  • The school has detailed plans indicating how the primary sports funding will be used to increase
    participation in sports and develop healthy lifestyles, better physical well-being and also allowing
    pupils to reach the performance levels of which they are capable. These plans build upon
    enhancing the use of the school’s sports facilities, including a swimming pool, the use of external
    coaches in physical education lessons and the promotion of healthy lifestyles both in lessons and
    at lunchtime.
  • The school’s safeguarding arrangements meet requirements. Staff and governors have received
    the appropriate training and, as the school works closely with other agencies, pupils who are at
    most potential risk are very well protected.
  • The school works hard to engage with all parents to help pupils do their best in school. The
    majority of parental views shared with the inspection team indicated that parents are happy with
    the quality of education and care provided by the school.
  • The local authority has provided appropriate support to the school, including assisting the
    headteacher as she has taken action to improve the quality of teaching and raise pupils’
    achievement. Officers have also delivered training to the governors and supported them during
    the headteacher’s performance management process.
  • The governance of the school:
    Governance has improved since the last inspection. Governors take an increasingly key role in
    closely checking the work of the school and in holding leaders to account.
    As governors attend meetings, visit the school regularly and link with particular areas they
    have a thorough understanding of the quality of teaching in the school. They understand how
    the performance of teachers is managed, know how the best teachers are rewarded and they
    have been involved in the process of tackling underperformance.
    Governors know that there has been an improvement in pupils’ achievement and have looked
    at how the school’s results compare to similar schools and all schools nationally.
    They ensure that the school’s finances are properly managed and they are aware of the
    impact of the pupil premium funding and are involved with the plans for allocating the primary
    school sport funding.
    Governors are aware that they have yet to build all the skills, knowledge and understanding
    required to fully support the school’s drive to become an outstanding school.
Inspection report: Sawley Junior School, 24–25 September 2013 7 of 9

What inspection judgements mean


Grade Judgement Description
Grade 1 Outstanding An outstanding school is highly effective in delivering outcomes
that provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs. This ensures
that pupils are very well equipped for the next stage of their
education, training or employment.
Grade 2 Good A good school is effective in delivering outcomes that provide well
for all its pupils’ needs. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage
of their education, training or employment.
Grade 3 Requires
A school that requires improvement is not yet a good school, but it
is not inadequate. This school will receive a full inspection within
24 months from the date of this inspection.
Grade 4 Inadequate A school that requires special measures is one where the school is
failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and
the school’s leaders, managers or governors have not
demonstrated that they have the capacity to secure the necessary
improvement in the school. This school will receive regular
monitoring by Ofsted inspectors.

A school that has serious weaknesses is inadequate overall and
requires significant improvement but leadership and management
are judged to be Grade 3 or better. This school will receive regular
monitoring by Ofsted inspectors.

Inspection report: Sawley Junior School, 24–25 September 2013 8 of 9

School details

Unique reference number 112689
Local authority Derbyshire
Inspection number 424967
Type of school Junior
School category Community
Age range of pupils 7–11
Gender of pupils Mixed
Number of pupils on the school roll 290
Appropriate authority The governing body
Chair Joy Thurman
Headteacher Alison Burton
Date of previous school inspection 24 January 2012
Telephone number 0115 9733626
Fax number 0115 9734036
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