“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 words above were spoken by one of our pupils, a member of the school council, in April this year. They were talking about the school to the candidates applying to be our new Deputy Headteacher. I was incredibly proud to hear these unprompted comments; not least because they echo the positive comments of many visitors, and also demonstrate our caring, child-centered 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 zoned or themed playgrounds. We have two large playing fields, a traversing wall, a ‘trim trail’, a ‘Forest Schools’/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, large, attractive and well-stocked library and ICT suite. All of our classrooms are equipped with computers, visualisers, interactive whiteboards and data projectors and we have complete wireless access, with mini iPads, laptops and netbooks.
Our most recent OFSTED report, in November 2014 reaffirmed Taverham Junior as a ‘good’ school where ’pupils have very positive attitudes to learning and achieve well from their individual starting points.’ We are striving to become the first ‘outstanding’ junior school in Norfolk, and one of only a few in the whole country. The full report can be viewed by clicking here
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 this 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. If there is anything you wish to know that is not on the website, please contact the school.
We look forward to meeting you.