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William Austin Junior School

William Austin Junior School
Austin Road

phone: 01582 572100

headteacher: Mrs Joanne Adams

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school holidays: via Luton council

596 pupils aged 7—10y mixed gender
600 pupils capacity: 99% full

335 boys 56%


260 girls 44%


Last updated: Sept. 9, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 508127, Northing: 223716
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.901, Longitude: -0.42982
Accepting pupils
7—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Feb. 27, 2014
Region › Const. › Ward
East of England › Luton North › Saints
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Investor in People
Committed IiP Status
Free school meals %

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24 June 2014
Joanne Adams
William Austin Junior School
Austin Road
Dear Ms Adams

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to William Austin
Junior School

Following my visit to your school on 23 June 2014, I write on behalf of Her Majesty’s

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

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 February 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. The school should take
further action to:

 Unpick and then tackle the subject specific skills that teachers need to

develop to improve their teaching of literacy and mathematics.

 Arrange an external review of governance to establish where strengths

and weaknesses lie and where improvements should be made for
governance to be at least good.

 Make effective use of Ofsted’s publications, survey reports, specialist

subject grade descriptors, seminars and examples of good practice to
assist all subject leaders in driving forward improvement.


During the inspection, meetings were held with you, the deputy headteacher,
English and mathematics subject leaders, a representative from the local authority
and two governors to discuss the action taken since the last inspection. The school’s
action plan was evaluated. You and the deputy took me on a guided tour of the
school. I looked at examples of marking in pupils’ written work, systems for tracking

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pupils’ progress, examples of teachers’ planning and the school’s most recent data
on pupils’ achievement.


Since the previous inspection you and the deputy headteacher have been appointed
on permanent contracts. An assistant headteacher has been recruited to start in
September 2014. Other key leaders’ roles have been changed, for example, the
school has identified a year leader for every age group.

Main findings

You and the deputy are ambitious for the school and both of you are honest and
realistic about what needs to be done to improve it. You see getting to good as a
step along the way to becoming outstanding. Staff’s accountability for pupils’
achievement has increased significantly through strong systems for monitoring the
quality of teaching and checking pupils’ progress. Essentially, you have made sure
that teachers’ judgements about the level of pupils’ attainment are accurate, which
historically has not always been the case. The baseline for measuring pupils’ future
progress is secure.

The school action plan is fit for purpose. Actions are linked to pupils’ achievement,

and success towards the goals is easy to measure. It will be important to ensure that
one key leader is identified to be accountable for each action, with another checking
for improvement. Leaders for English and mathematics have identified general
aspects of teaching that require improvement. They have been working on these
with staff with some early evidence of impact. For example, the quality of marking in
mathematics has improved and pupils are acting upon their teachers’ advice to
improve their work. The next step would be to look deeply into the specific skills
required to teach each subject effectively and then arrange the appropriate training
and coaching for staff. Subject leaders are not using Ofsted publications and other
resources widely to support them in driving improvements.
Governors are conscious that they have not always been able to analyse and
interpret data as effectively as they should and, importantly, have done something
about it. Through training, they are now accessing a broader range of evidence
ensuring that they are not overly reliant on you and your deputy for information. It
is also enabling them to increase the level of challenge in their questioning of school
leaders. An external review of governance would help to establish more clearly what
the governing body is doing well and what should be improved, so that governance
is at least good by the next inspection.
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 provided a good level of support for the new leadership team
including brokering a link with a local good school. In particular, help in checking

that teachers’ judgements about learning are accurate has made a significant

difference to assessment practice.

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

Children’s Services for Luton.

Yours sincerely
Linda Killman

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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