Chalkwell Hall Junior School is a community Junior school. We seek to achieve the very best for all our pupils through the use of technology and a rich variety of educational approaches. We have a highly skilled and caring staff, dedicated to ensuring that your children achieve their full potential.
Alongside the core subjects of Maths, English and Science, we deliver a broad and rich, enquiry based curriculum through our topics each half term. We use our strengths in creativity to enhance the learning opportunities for all students and raise standards across the curriculum.
Your child will feel welcomed, valued and appropriately challenged at all levels. In line with our school motto, “if we believe, we will achieve”, and our core values, “Enquiry, Responsibility, Co-operation, Resilience, Creativity and Respect”, all our students are expected to work and achieve a high level of success across a range of subjects. We believe in working with parents, so that together we provide the very best for our pupils in a happy, well-ordered community.
Our desire is that students leave us as mature, independent learners who are ready to take responsibility for their continued education into secondary school. To ensure that their ongoing education continues to be of the highest calibre, we are in partnership with many secondary schools, which offer excellent opportunities for our students. This prospectus introduces you to the school and what it offers to our pupils.
We warmly invite you to visit us and see for yourself.
Comments from previous Junior Governors
‘I like being a Junior Governor because I get to contribute in the ideas for the school’s main events each year and have the responsibility which other children will not experience at school.’
‘Being a Junior Governor is a good responsibility and I am joyful to be a part of it.’
‘I am passionate about being a Junior Governor because it gives me a taste of what it’s like to be a politician and that is the profession I would like to be when I’m older. It also means I speak to people in other years, which I wouldn’t normally do.’
Our School Standards
Ofsted inspected us in June 2017 and found that the school continues to be good.
Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) commented on the following:
The senior leadership team (SLT) has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the previous inspection. SLT have a well-defined understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school and are taking effective steps to secure further improvements.
SLT have a clear ambition to provide the best teaching for all pupils. We have responded effectively to the areas for improvement identified in the previous Ofsted inspection of the school in June 2013. Our chosen approach to providing opportunities for teachers to learn from each other is proving successful. Consequently, teaching across the school continues to be of a good standard. We continue to overhaul our curriculum. In mathematics, for example, we have replaced old programmes of study and teachers are now matching the work they set to the differing needs of pupils well.
Teachers develop highly positive working relationships with pupils, which helps pupils to make good progress. Pupils work hard during lessons. They are not afraid to answer questions in front of other pupils. They trust the safe environment teachers have created for them. Pupils are confident learners.
Our understanding of the importance of providing extra help for disadvantaged pupils means that they make good progress. We routinely identify the barriers pupils face to learning. The progress they make is closely monitored. If pupils do not make good progress, we put precisely targeted help in place. As a consequence, disadvantaged pupils achieve in line with other pupils nationally.
Pupils are highly positive about the school. In their meeting with HMI, pupils described the school as ‘brilliant’, ‘fun’, ‘exciting’ and ‘diverse’. They enjoy the learning opportunities teachers give them and value the way people with different backgrounds and different outlooks on life are treated with respect and care. They enjoy opportunities such as participating in class assemblies, and they appreciate the ‘sensible’ rules. Pupils enjoy attending this school.
Parents appreciate the good education that their children receive. In your responses to Ofsted’s online questionnaire, Parent View, parents commented positively on the range of after-school activities provided by the school and on the support their children receive. All parents who responded to the survey said that they would recommend the school to others.
Governors work well in partnership with us. They challenge the information we give them and check that it is accurate. For example, governors ask to see pupils’ books to see for themselves the quality of pupils’ work. Governors visit the school often to see first-hand the experience pupils have in their education. They speak with teachers and other leaders to develop a rounded understanding of the impact of any school improvement initiatives. Governors monitor the progress leaders make on school development priorities well and hold us to account for this. They make a valuable contribution to the on-going improvement of the school.
Safeguarding is effective.
We have secured an open culture of safeguarding pupils. The arrangements to safeguard pupils are fit for purpose. When staff raise concerns, leaders respond quickly. Leaders assess the concerns and seek help from external agencies if necessary. Leaders regularly review the concerns that have been passed to them to ensure that actions are taken to help pupils.
We provide information and guidance to parents to support them in keeping their children safe. We provide a range of activities about topics relating to well-being to educate pupils. For example, we teach pupils about e-safety through an e-safety day and through personal, social and health education. Pupils know how to keep themselves safe.
Pupils feel safe. Pupils spoke with HMI about how they get on well with each other. They say that, ‘everyone respects each other’ and that pupils are ‘always kind and helpful’. Pupils told HMI that bullying does not happen often. When it does happen, teachers deal with bullying quickly and effectively.
We actively seek to surpass the goals the government set us and are proud to have acquired the following awards: