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All Saints Junior School

All Saints Junior School in Reading was one of the first free schools to open in England and was developed in partnership with CfBT and the parent body to meet local demand for school places.

Developed for the community, by the community, All Saints Junior School is the result of a pioneering partnership between CfBT Schools Trust and the parent and community group, All Saints Action Group.

By taking advantage of free school legislation in the first wave of applications, CfBT was able to bring its educational expertise to join forces with the campaigning community group. Working together, we successfully opened a new school to accommodate children leaving All Saints Infant School – previously the only standalone infant school in Reading – and reduce the town's shortage of school places.

Backed by local MP Alok Sharma and Reading Borough Council, the 120-place school opened in temporary accommodation in September 2011 with just 16 pupils. The school has rapidly expanded to offer two-form entry for pupils aged seven to 11. In July 2013, All Saints Junior School was one of only four of the first wave of 24 free schools to be rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted.

Delivering a rich curriculum

Under the leadership of experienced headteacher Susannah Daniel, the school offers a rich curriculum focusing on the core skills of reading, writing, spoken English and maths to develop confident young people equipped for the challenges of the 21st century.

Confidence, courtesy and a rounded character are actively developed through debate, enrichment activities and engagement with the local community. Smaller-than-average class sizes enable staff to identify and nurture talents and interests in all children to enable All Saints Junior School pupils make outstanding progress.

Working together to build capacity

A CfBT Schools Trust advisor works with the headteacher to ensure outstanding teaching through professional development opportunities for the school's staff. We also work to ensure effective engagement with the governing body to secure purposeful and significant engagement with parents and the wider school community.

All Saints Junior School moved to its permanent, renovated and redeveloped accommodation in September 2012 and continues to meet and exceed the ambitions of the local community.

All Saints Junior School at a glance

Headteacher: Susannah Daniel
Total number of pupils on roll: 38
Percentage of pupils with SEN statement/School Action Plus: 5%
Percentage of pupils with English not as first language: 24%
Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals: 5%
Most recent Ofsted grade: Outstanding (July 2013)

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