“Coming to this school gives you the best feeling ever. It feels warm, like standing in the sunshine. It’s the best school in the world. I love it.” (Pupil, April 2015)
The quote above is from one of our pupils, a member of the school council.They were talking about the school to the candidates applying to be our new Deputy Headteacher in 2015. I was incredibly proud to hear these unprompted comments, not least because they echo the positive comments of many visitors, and also because they demonstrate our caring, child-centred ethos, based on universal and Christian values.
Taverham Junior is a ’Voluntary Controlled’, Church of England school, maintained by Norfolk Local Authority. We have an expectation that all of our pupils aim for the highest standards in all that they do, whether it be academic work, relationships, sporting and musical activities or outstanding behaviour. We are committed to mixed-ability, cross-curricular teaching that provides a broad, balanced education of the ‘whole child’, with the aim of creating happy, healthy and high-achieving pupils. As well as academic success, we are proud of, and celebrate, our children’s achievements in music and sport, helped by the wide range of extra-curricular activities that we offer.
Our school is set in large, pleasant grounds with four playgrounds. We have two large playing fields, a traversing wall, a nature/wildlife area, den-building area, a school garden with a pond, as well as numerous areas for pupils to sit and reflect, or chat with friends. Indoor facilities include a multi-purpose hall, a music/drama studio and a large, attractive and well-stocked library. All of our classrooms are equipped with computers, visualisers, interactive whiteboards and data projectors and we have complete wireless access, with mini iPads and laptops. In 2016 all the lighting in the school was replaced with energy-efficient and more effective LED lighting. The completion of a fantastic new teaching building in the summer of 2018 means that (at last!) none of our classes are accommodated in mobile classrooms.
Our most recent Ofsted inspection in June 2018 confirmed that the school is still officially ‘Good’ and ‘continues to improve rapidly.’ The report acknowledges and praises many positive aspects of the school’s ethos, relationships, and provision; I am particularly pleased with the inspector’s statements that ‘pupils enjoy coming to school’ and that school leaders ‘put the needs of the children at the centre of all they do.’ The report can be found here: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/121062
This website is detailed in its content and we hope that it enables you and your child to gain an initial understanding of our aims and the way in which Taverham Junior School operates. However, the best way to get to know any school is to come into school and to meet us and to see us ‘in action’. I try to personally show all prospective parents around the school, and would be happy to meet you. We believe that school and parents must work closely together and we look forward to developing a positive and successful relationship with you and your child.
Our key policies are available on the website, along with details of our curriculum and how we spend our ‘Pupil Premium’ and ‘Sport Premium’ money. There are also photos illustrating the learning, events, trips and activities that go on. We also use Twitter (‘@TaverhamJunior’ and ‘@headtaverham’ to share news and photos of events. If there is anything you wish to know that is not included on the website, please contact the school.
We look forward to meeting you.
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