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St Augustine's CofE (Voluntary Aided) Junior School

St Augustine's CofE (Voluntary Aided) Junior School
Palmerston Road

phone: 01733 563566

headteacher: Mr Steve Cox

school holidays: via Peterborough council

199 pupils aged 7—10y mixed gender
210 pupils capacity: 95% full

105 boys 53%


95 girls 48%


Last updated: June 19, 2014

Primary — Voluntary Aided School

Education phase
Religious character
Church of England
Establishment type
Voluntary Aided School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 518628, Northing: 297667
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 52.564, Longitude: -0.25134
Accepting pupils
7—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
July 3, 2013
Diocese of Ely
Region › Const. › Ward
East of England › North West Cambridgeshire › Fletton and Woodston
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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School report

St Augustine's CofE (Voluntary

Aided) Junior School

Palmerston Road, Peterborough, PE2 9DH

Inspection dates 3–4 July 2013
Overall effectiveness This inspection: Good 2
Previous inspection: Inadequate 4
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

Pupils’ achievement has risen and is now
An above-average proportion of pupils make
Teaching has improved since the previous
Teachers provide very detailed feedback and
above average in reading and mathematics.
better than expected progress.
inspection, and it is now consistently good.
marking. Pupils routinely respond to this,
which helps them to make good progress.
Pupils behave well and feel safe in school.
Leaders at all levels, including the governing
They enjoy coming to school and are
enthusiastic about their learning.
body, have a very clear understanding of
where the school needs to improve further.
Their efforts to rapidly improve the quality of
teaching have been very effective.
Improvements in writing have not been as
The writing that pupils do in other subjects is
Teachers do not always check on how well
rapid as in reading and mathematics.
not checked as well as it is in English lessons.
pupils are learning during lessons.
The impact of teaching assistants on learning
in some lessons is variable. Some do not have
a strong enough understanding of the teaching
of letters and the sounds that they make
(phonics) to help pupils to make rapid
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Information about this inspection

  • When St. Augustine’s CofE (Voluntary Aided) Junior School was inspected in February 2012, it
    was judged to require special measures. Subsequently, the school was inspected on three
    occasions in order to monitor its progress.
  • The inspectors observed teaching in 16 lessons. They also made short visits to lessons during
    which pupils’ work was evaluated.
  • Discussions were held with pupils, senior leaders and subject leaders, class teachers, members
    of the governing body and two representatives of the local authority.
  • The inspectors examined a range of documents, including a summary of the school’s self-
    evaluation, the school’s own achievement data, attendance information and policies aimed at
    keeping pupils safe.
  • There were no responses on the online Parent View survey but the views of 101 parents and
    carers were analysed through a questionnaire that the school had issued.

Inspection team

Christopher Moodie, Lead inspector Additional Inspector
Lynn Lowery Additional Inspector
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Full report

In accordance with section 13 (4) of the Education Act 2005, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector is of
the opinion that the school no longer requires special measures.

Information about this school

  • The school is smaller than the average-sized junior school.
  • There are more pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds than in most schools of this size.
  • An average proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language.
  • The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported
    through school action is above average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a
    statement of special educational needs is average.
  • The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above average. This is
    additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, in local
    authority care or with a parent serving in the armed forces.
  • The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations
    for pupils’ attainment and progress.

What does the school need to do to improve further?

  • Raise achievement in writing so that it matches that of reading and mathematics across all year
    groups by checking on the quality of writing that pupils do in all subjects.
  • Improve the proportion of outstanding teaching so that pupils who are struggling to understand,
    or need to move on more to more challenging work, are identified during all lessons.
  • Improve the quality of support that some teaching assistants provide in classrooms by:
    checking that their subject knowledge is good enough
    providing more training in the teaching of letters and the sounds they make (phonics)
    making sure that pupils are interested and motivated by the support that they receive.
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Inspection judgements

The achievement of pupils is good
  • Achievement across the school has improved rapidly since the previous inspection. Pupils in the
    current Year 6 are leaving the school with above average standards in reading and mathematics.
    Pupils’ writing has also improved and is now average.
  • The proportion of students making and exceeding expected progress was average in English and
    mathematics in 2012. This picture has improved further in 2013, and more pupils have made
    and exceeded expected progress.
  • Pupils in all year groups make good progress. Lessons are interesting and are well structured. As
    a result, pupils’ attitudes to their learning are very positive. As one pupil said, ‘We like the way
    that they (teachers) set up our learning.’
  • The achievement of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is good, and
    is similar to all others in the school. Their progress is carefully checked and additional support is
    well organised. This support is most effective when it is planned for the needs of individual
    pupils. The quality of support for less-able pupils in lessons is inconsistent because some
    teaching assistants expect too little of the pupils. In contrast to this, other teaching assistants
    provide a very high quality of support, encouraging and guiding pupils to make rapid progress.
  • Pupils eligible for the pupil premium in 2012 were almost two terms behind other pupils in
    English and mathematics. This gap has narrowed considerably in mathematics this year and
    pupils in the current Year 6 who are eligible for the pupil premium are now less than one term
    behind other pupils. The gap in English has also narrowed, but remains at one and a half terms.
    This group of pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics.
  • The school’s drive to improve reading has been very effective. Standards of reading are above
    the national expectation in all year groups. The improvement of boys’ reading in the current
    Year 6 has been particularly impressive, as very high proportions of them have made more than
    expected progress between Key Stage 1 and the end of Key Stage 2.
  • Writing has improved at a slower rate than reading and mathematics. This is particularly the
    case for boys. Important skills of grammar and punctuation are taught well in English lessons.
    This was typified by a lesson where Year 3 and 4 pupils were using speech marks carefully and
    accurately. Teachers have not had the same high expectations of writing in other subjects. They
    do not all check that pupils always apply this care and attention to detail to their writing in other
The quality of teaching is good
  • The improvements in teaching have contributed significantly to pupils’ good progress. Teaching
    is consistently good, lessons are well planned and teachers try hard to make them interesting
    and motivating for the pupils.
  • Lessons proceed calmly and are well organised. Teachers make good use of their time and
    regularly work with small groups for short periods of time. Work and activities are well matched
    to the different needs of pupils. This helps to ensure that pupils’ work is neither too easy nor too
    difficult for them.
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  • Teachers’ marking in English and mathematics has improved greatly and is now outstanding.
    Pupils value the detailed feedback that they receive very highly and told inspectors that it
    supported them in knowing exactly what they need to do in order to improve. A key feature of
    this marking is that pupils respond to it very regularly, making corrections and demonstrating
    the improvements that the teacher has asked for.
  • Marking and feedback for other lessons is good. Pupils’ writing is being encouraged and some
    teachers are carefully promoting high quality across the range of subjects that pupils learn
    about. All pupils are very keen to be one of the recipients of the weekly ‘Golden Pen’ awards
    which go to the two pupils whose writing has shown most signs of improvement.
  • Teachers have high expectations of pupils in lessons. They model good attitudes to learning, ask
    questions well and value the responses from pupils. Most pupils know what their targets are and
    what they need to do to achieve them.
  • Pupils enjoy school because of the range of topics and subjects that they learn about. Pupils are
    very positive about the ‘enrichment’ sessions that occur weekly, where small groups of pupils
    choose what they want to learn about from a broad range of options. This includes observational
    drawing, learning a foreign language, first aid, poetry and healthy eating.
  • Reading is a priority in the school. Teaching time is devoted to developing key skills of reading
    and understanding what has been read. This is very effective in the main, but there are
    occasional gaps in knowledge among some teaching assistants in areas such as the teaching of
    letters and the sounds they make (phonics) and mathematics. This slows the rate of learning for
    a very small number of pupils.
  • Teachers make good use of assessment information to match learning to ability in their
    planning. Some opportunities to check on how well pupils understand things during the actual
    lessons are missed. In these lessons, teachers are not allowing themselves the time to look at
    the learning across the whole class and identify who is struggling with understanding.
  • The support that teaching assistants provide is variable. In some lessons, very high quality
    support means that teachers and teaching assistants work in partnership to bring about good
    progress. There is a small number of other lessons where the support has little impact and
    pupils see little benefit.
The behaviour and safety of pupils are good
  • Behaviour around the school and in classrooms is consistently good. The school is a welcoming
    environment and pupils are courteous and polite with one another and with adults. Playtimes are
    enjoyed by all and the games and activities that are available are used sensibly.
  • Attendance is above average and is improving. Pupils are punctual and keen to come to school.
  • Pupils are aware of the behaviour system and know that they will be rewarded for doing the
    right thing. Disruption to lessons is very rare, and is well dealt with when it does occur.
  • Pupils have a clear understanding about the different forms of bullying, including cyber-bullying
    and the dangers of the internet. They report that bullying is rare, and that they would readily
    inform members of staff if it was to happen to them or their friends.
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  • The school is an important part of its local community. It participates in community events such
    as the ‘Big Sing’ project in Peterborough and is also involved in a forthcoming community visit to
    the coast. Pupils recently put on a production of
Bugsy Malone

. The school makes good use of

its association with the local church, and holds assemblies and celebrations there on a regular

The leadership and management are good
  • The school’s senior leaders have set a clear direction for improving teaching since the past
    inspection. Determined and purposeful planning has led to positive changes in important parts of
    the school’s work. As a result, better teaching has led to improved achievement for all pupils.
  • Subject leaders have made a considerable contribution to the school’s successes. They are well
    informed and know about the quality of teaching in each classroom, and have been active in
    helping to improve it. They have helped to create effective teams of teachers who plan together
    and creatively seek different ways to maintain the pupils’ enthusiasm for learning.
  • The local authority has provided a good level of support since the previous inspection. This has
    been welcomed and valued by the staff. The school leaders have made the best use of the
    support to create a much more effective school.
  • The school has sought the views of parents and carers through its own questionnaire. The
    outcomes of the responses were overwhelmingly positive about every aspect of the school’s
    work. The school communicates well with parents through weekly newsletters and a well-
    designed website.
  • The school runs smoothly and all staff understand and are supportive of the direction that the
    senior leadership have set. Financial management is efficient and the school’s funding is
    allocated through careful planning.
  • The school’s curriculum meets statutory requirements and is diverse and exciting. Learning is
    designed to be effective and enjoyable. There are good opportunities to develop an
    understanding of social, moral, cultural and spiritual issues. A rich range of extra-curricular
    activities supports learning in lessons.
  • School leaders have created an environment in which all forms of discrimination are challenged,
    and equality of opportunity is well promoted. Pupils are very well known as individuals, and their
    wellbeing is a priority for all staff.
  • Leaders and the governing body have developed an effective system for the management of the
    performance of teachers that links their pay and promotion to the progress of their pupils.
  • The governance of the school:
    The governing body have become increasingly effective in the last year. They are now very
    well informed and ambitious for the school. They provide the school with equal amounts of
    challenge and support.
    Governors have a detailed understanding of the quality of teaching and how this impacts on
    achievement. They monitor pupils’ progress very well and know exactly where it needs to
    improve further.
    The performance management of teachers is overseen by the governing body. Teachers,
    including those in the senior leadership, are held to account for their work.
    The governing body takes effective steps to make sure that pupils are safe and that
    recruitment procedures are robust. Statutory responsibilities relating to safeguarding are met;
    all staff have been vetted and are trained appropriately to keep pupils safe.
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Financial management is overseen by the governing body. A committee is responsible for

accounting for the school’s spending. The impact of the spending of additional funding

received through the pupil premium has been evaluated by the governing body.

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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.

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School details

Unique reference number 110853
Local authority Peterborough
Inspection number 420464

This inspection was carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. The inspection was also
deemed a section 5 inspection under the same Act.

Type of school Junior
School category Voluntary aided
Age range of pupils 7–11
Gender of pupils Mixed
Number of pupils on the school roll 186
Appropriate authority The governing body
Chair Susan Thurston
Headteacher Stephen Cox
Date of previous school inspection 28 February 2013
Telephone number 01733 563566
Fax number 01733 892194
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