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St James CofE VA Primary School

St James CofE VA Primary School
Harlestone Road
St James

phone: 01604 751475

headteacher: Mrs Julie Barke

reveal email: bur…

school holidays: via Northamptonshire council

476 pupils aged 2—10y mixed gender
420 pupils capacity: 112% full

235 boys 49%

≤ 284a84b74c145y326y307y258y319y2910y33

245 girls 51%

≤ 263y264a134b74c115y286y307y358y299y3110y27

Last updated: June 20, 2014

Primary — Voluntary Aided School

Education phase
Religious character
Church of England
Establishment type
Voluntary Aided School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 474085, Northing: 260979
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 52.242, Longitude: -0.91641
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Jan. 23, 2014
Diocese of Peterborough
Region › Const. › Ward
East Midlands › Northampton South › Spencer
Urban > 10k - less sparse
SEN priorities
BESD - Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulty
Special classes
Has Special Classes
Free school meals %

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25 March 2014
Mrs Julie Barke
St James CofE VA Primary School
Harlestone Road
St James
Dear Mrs Barke

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to St James CofE VA
Primary School

Following my visit to your school on 24 March 2014, I write on behalf of Her

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

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 first monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in January 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.


During the visit, meetings were held with you, other senior and middle leaders, the
Chair of the Governing Body and two other governors to discuss the action taken
since the last inspection. I had a telephone conversation with a representative of the
local authority. During the visit, you joined me on a tour of the school where I spoke
with pupils informally and looked at their work. I also scrutinised a selection of

pupils’ books. The school action plan was evaluated and I scrutinised additional

school information. The single central record was checked.

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There have been no significant changes since the section 5 inspection.

Main findings

Although it has been a short time since your last inspection, it is clear you and the
school team are determined to raise the achievement of the pupils. You have acted
quickly to address the issues identified in your recent inspection report. Your school
action plan has clear milestones for improving the outcomes for pupils. Your plan
identifies how governors link to areas for improvement. However, not all actions
have success criteria that are sharp enough for the governing body to hold you to
account with sufficient rigour.
You have improved the quality of teaching by ensuring teachers plan more closely to
meet the needs of all pupils. You have ensured teachers are more flexible in
planning learning opportunities. They adapt their teaching better as they identify

pupils’ needs in lessons. The interventions you have put in place to meet pupils’

needs are timelier and address their needs quickly so that they are able to progress
at faster rates. As a result, pupils’ progress is accelerating across the school in
reading, writing, and mathematics.
Since the inspection you have raised expectations of how often pupils write within
the subjects they study. You have identified more opportunities for them to write at
length. Pupils’ books demonstrate that since the inspection they have increased the
amount of work they are doing. As a result of this, the quality of their work is
improving because pupils have greater opportunities to practise their writing skills
and they are making better progress. However, not all teachers expect the same
quality in presentation in pupils’ books and work is sometimes untidy.
The governing body has changed its expectation of what pupils can achieve and
governors are determined to challenge school leaders to ensure all pupils have
better outcomes. As a result, they are meeting regularly with senior and middle
leaders and challenging them to explain about the progress of different groups of
pupils. The governing body has reviewed its organisation and introduced a clerk to
minute all key governing body meetings. Consequently, governors say they are able
to concentrate fully on the key information and challenge senior leaders about the
impact of their actions.

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

The local authority has acted quickly to identify a National Leader of Governance to
support the governing body to improve its work. An external review has already
begun but is in its early stages. The local authority has also arranged for a partner
headteacher, who has a proven track record in school improvement, to support
senior leaders and governors to review the impact of actions taken to improve the
quality of writing. It has commissioned training for members of the governing body
to improve their ability to challenge school leaders and to sharpen its systems for
checking the quality of teaching and learning.

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

Children’s Services for Northhamptonshire.

Yours sincerely
Jan Connor

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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