September 2012

Overall effectiveness Good 2
Achievement of pupils Good 2
Quality of teaching Good 2
Behaviour and safety of pupils Good 2
Leadership and management Good 2

Parent View

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Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school.

Achievement is good. Pupils, including those who need extra help, make good progress from their starting points.
Since the last inspection, leaders, managers and governors have maintained good teaching and pupils’ good achievement.
Enjoyable activities and a brisk pace to lessons underpin pupils’ positive attitudes to learning.
Other adults make a strong contribution to pupils’ progress in lessons. Extra sessions for selected pupils successfully boost academic results for pupils at risk of not doing well.
Pupils behave well and attend school regularly.
Friendly and caring attitudes help pupils to settle quickly when they join the school.
Pupils have a good awareness of how to keep themselves safe from harm.
The school is improving because leaders, managers and members of the governing body accurately evaluate the quality of the school’s work.
Priorities for action are carefully applied to secure further developments, for example to the teaching of writing and mathematics.

It is not yet an outstanding school because:

  • sometimes, the work set for higher attaining pupils to do in reading is not always demanding enough;
  • at times, monitoring focuses more on what the school offers to pupils than on its impact on raising pupils’ academic standards further.

Information about this inspection

Inspectors observed teaching and learning in all classes. They visited 21 lessons.
Groups of pupils, staff, members of the governing body and a representative of the local authority held discussions with inspectors.
Inspectors looked at work in pupils’ books, samples of pupils’ work from the previous academic year, and tracking data showing pupils’ attainment and progress.
The school’s development plans and records relating to safeguarding pupils were also seen.
The inspectors took account of 26 responses to the online Parent View survey and the school’s own analysis of a recent survey of parents’ views.

Inspection team

Madeleine Gerard, Lead inspector
Bimla Thakur, Additional inspector
Alan Jarvis, Additional inspector


Letter from a parent (January 2016)

……. I particularly wanted to let you know about ‘Our Team’. Each child in the pool regardless of School, swam wonderfully. It was fantastic to see so many children demonstrating their skills. But...
What fantastic spirit and encouragement! 
Wickford Junior School, irrespective of year or gender were cheering on their teammates. They behaved beautifully, showed good sportsmanship, performed well and clearly enjoyed themselves.
An event of this magnitude can be incredibly daunting at any age, however their enthusiasm and camaraderie were unwavering, and I felt the need to share with you what I saw firsthand.
I would like to thank ….. all the staff at the school for your continued guidance, support and encouragement of our children, as well as showing them the ability to form good strong friendships which see them through challenges, and work as part of a supporting group as they develop and grow. 
Long may this continue!

To all concerned,

please pass our thanks and appreciation, for a delicious lunch today.
We thoroughly enjoyed spending time and sharing lunch with, our Grandson.
It was our first visit to the school and we were both very impressed with what we saw. The children all looked very smart and were very well behaved.
We are now looking forward to joining in with any future visits when possible.

Yours sincerely Grandma and Granddad English




ECC ofsted letter

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