Hollybrook Junior School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

7 - 11
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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data 2021, ONS
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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

How Does The School Perform?

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% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics

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Progress Compared With All Other Schools

UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 8% of schools in England) Average (About 67% of schools in England) Above Average (About 5% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 7% of schools in England) Average (About 64% of schools in England) Above Average (About 9% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 11% of schools in England) Average (About 58% of schools in England) Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England)

School Results Over Time

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% pupils meeting the expected standard in Key Stage 2 tests (age 11)
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% pupils meeting the higher standard in Key Stage 2 tests (age 11)

These results over time show historic performance for key exam results. We show pre-pandemic results as the fairest indicator of whether performance is up, down or stable

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School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You have worked well with other leaders and staff to continue strengthening various aspects of the school. You have high aspirations for the pupils and you make sure that they take part in a wide variety of experiences. Visits to places such as the Mayflower Theatre and Marwell Zoo bring learning to life and contribute positively to the curriculum and to pupils’ personal development. Pupils are encouraged to be curious, creative and confident. Pupils speak very warmly about their school. They enjoy coming to school and say that staff are kind and help them to learn well. Pupils confirm that staff act decisively should they need help of any sort. Pupils’ behaviour around the school and their attitudes to learning are positive. One pupil described lessons as ‘gripping’. Another pupil said, ‘Sometimes we just want to carry on with our work and don’t want to stop.’ Parents value the school’s work with their children. They say that their children like school and that staff are supportive and ambitious. One parent said, ‘They [the pupils] are helped when they find a subject difficult and are pushed when they are doing well.’ Parents appreciate the work of leaders and staff, and feel confident that their children are safe and well cared for. Parents value the good communication and believe their views and any concerns are listened to and acted on. Another parent commented, ‘The staff are caring and responsive when approached.’ Governors and trustees of the multi-academy trust share your determination and high expectations to ensure that the school’s provision fully meets pupils’ learning and welfare needs. They have a precise understanding of the school’s effectiveness, including of pupils’ achievement, through their well-focused visits to lessons and their meetings with staff and with pupils. You have responded effectively to the areas for improvement identified from the last inspection. During lessons, staff provide good advice for pupils about how to improve their work. You have also made sure that teachers have high expectations of what pupils can achieve in mathematics. As a result, pupils, especially the most able pupils are challenged effectively. Pupils are challenged rigorously by ‘depth’ questions that stretch their thinking and ensure that progress is rapid. Although achievement in reading is good, the teaching of reading has some weaknesses. You know that there are times when tasks planned for pupils do not challenge them. Staff do not ask questions in enough depth to check that pupils have understood aspects of what they have read. Safeguarding is effective. Leaders have ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. Records are detailed and of high quality. Prompt and effective referrals are made to external agencies. Leaders challenge the decisions of agencies tenaciously if they consider them not to be appropriate. Governors ensure that rigorous recruitment checks take place before staff and other adults work in school. The leadership team has established a strong safeguarding culture at the school. Underpinning this is the strong moral ethos of the school. Staff are well trained. Required training is supplemented with informative updates to keep safeguarding at the forefront of the school’s work. All staff keep a close eye on pupils and make sure that they take prompt and effective actions when issues arise. Detailed recordkeeping ensures that nothing is missed. Pupils say that they feel safe in school. They are taught how to stay safe in a range of situations. For example, pupils learn about how to safely use the internet and are taught how to stay safe when they are using a range of devices online. Pupils say that bullying is very rare but, if it does occur, it is dealt with quickly and effectively. Inspection findings Teachers’ literacy knowledge is good. They show pupils clearly how to construct and plan their writing well and how to edit and improve their work systematically. As a result, pupils understand and develop a secure knowledge of the language and how to use punctuation. Their awareness of audience supports the writing of good-quality pieces of work. Pupils take pride in the presentation of their work. Leaders and staff have worked well to improve the progress made by boys and disadvantaged pupils in writing successfully. Teachers plan engaging topics and have placed a strong and successful emphasis on developing pupils’ understanding of sentence structure. Staff are adept at helping pupils to pull together their writing skills to write with flair and with accurate grammar and spelling. Staff have developed pupils’ reading skills well, including those of disadvantaged pupils and boys. Pupils are able to understand a range of different genres because pupils read widely and often. Teachers introduce pupils skilfully to new words and interesting phrases from different texts and help them to understand precisely how the author has used them. However, there are occasions when tasks linked to what pupils have read do not challenge them. Additionally, when discussing what pupils have read, some questions are too easy. As a result, their progress in reading is not a strong as it could be. Strategies to improve pupils’ mathematical skills are effective. Teachers set work that is pitched well for pupils of different prior attainment, including for the most able pupils. Your staff check and assess pupils’ work accurately to support good learning in lessons and over longer periods of time. Staff adjust work if it is too easy and this ensures that a swift pace to learning is maintained. Staff ensure that misconceptions and errors are cleared up promptly before pupils move on to further work. The mathematics leader gives helpful advice to colleagues on how they can improve their practice and challenge the most able pupils. There is strong evidence in pupils’ books to show that pupils can solve complex mathematical problems methodically. Leaders have developed a curriculum that is dynamic and matches the different needs and interests of each class and year group. Teachers adjust tasks and ‘topics’ to address gaps in pupils’ knowledge or understanding. This flexible approach means that pupils enjoy and benefit from meaningful opportunities to learn across all subjects. The positive impact on pupils’ outcomes is strengthened further because tasks ensure that key skills are used and developed simultaneously. As a result, pupils achieve well in a wide range of subjects. Teachers ensure that learning in subjects such as science, history and geography is purposeful, engaging and exciting, within school and beyond. Learning in lessons is enhanced by supportive relationships between staff and pupils. Your leadership team and staff have worked effectively to reduce exclusions. There have been no exclusions this current academic year and one fixed-period exclusion in the previous year. This represents a significant decrease on the previous two years. Staff have worked alongside and have been well trained by a range of specialists. This has enabled your team to provide timely and good support to pupils, helping them to manage situations that previously made them anxious. Staff have used outside agency help thoughtfully, including that from the trust and local authority, to support pupils and their families. Next steps for the school Leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that: teachers plan tasks in reading that challenge pupils effectively staff use questioning consistently well to develop pupils’ understanding about what they have read.

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