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Higham Ferrers Junior School has received glowing praise from Ofsted following an inspection in early January.

The inspectors found that the school “continues to be good” and that high expectations, strong leadership and a caring ethos is ensuring the school is going from strength-to-strength.

Chris Hill, Headteacher, said: “When you read the report there is a great deal for everyone associated with Higham Ferrers Junior School to be proud of."

“Pupils were recognised for good behaviour and how they strive to be part of the leadership team. Governors are noted as being effective, supportive and ambitious and throughout the report there are comments stating that the efforts of staff are driving up how well our students do.

“In fact, at every level of the school our progress and positive approach was commended by the inspection team.”

Among the many supportive comments in the report, inspectors found that:

  • The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.
  • Teachers develop pupils’ skills systematically, and pupils are encouraged to include evidence of these skills in their writing. In 2017, the proportion of pupils reaching the expected standard was above the national average.
  • Pupils enjoying coming to school. They appreciate the many opportunities that are available to them. They feel that their teachers are ‘nice and talented’, and that there is always someone to talk to if they have a problem.
  • Parents and carers are positive about the work of the school.
  • Governors are ambitious for improvement.
  • The leader with responsibility for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities has ensured that these pupils are well supported. These pupils make good progress. 

The report marks the end of what has been a very exciting 15 months for the Higham Ferrers Junior School. Pupils have been praised for their charitable work, the school has recently received significant support from a local business to improve sports facilities (opening March 2018), a brand new classroom opened and results strengthened so that, in many areas, pupils now outperform the national average.

Kim Ellis, Chair of Governors, said: “This is a hugely impressive report which is testament to the incredible dedication of all the staff and pupils at the school.

“Since Mr Hill joined us in September 2016 he has been at the heart of all that is good about Higham Ferrers Junior School. His vision and drive, in partnership with the dedication shown by our talented teachers, will ensure that we can continue to strengthen and improve in the future.

“What is particularly pleasing is that the school is already working to strengthen the two areas that the Ofsted advised that we focus on. This shows that our school is built on very strong foundations.

“It is a very exciting time to be part of Higham Ferrers Junior School.”

Download the full Ofsted Report

Main Contact

The name, postal address and telephone number of the school, and the name of a person to whom enquiries should be addressed is:

Mr Chris Hill,
Higham Ferrers Junior School,
Saffron Road,
Higham Ferrers,
Rushden, Northants.
NN10 8ED

Tel: 01933 312748
Fax: 01933 418703

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