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Ofsted and Performance Data

Mount Stewart Junior School underwent an Ofsted inspection in March 2024, and we are delighted to announce and celebrate that we were judged to be ‘Good’.


The school received a graded inspection (Section 5) on the 12 and 13 March 2024


We are pleased to share the following judgements made:

Overall effectiveness:      Good
The quality of education: Good
Behaviour and attitudes: Outstanding
Personal development:    Outstanding
Leadership and management:  Good
Previous inspection grade:      Outstanding (2012)


The inspectors were particularly impressed with the following areas at Mount Stewart Junior School, highlighting these as strengths:


  • Nurturing and Supportive Environment: The school is described as a nurturing place where pupils flourish, feeling proud to be part of the Mount Stewart 'family'. The close partnership between staff, parents, and the community was praised for contributing to a positive experience for the pupils.
  • Curriculum Design and Implementation: The school has designed an ambitious curriculum that is well-thought-out and carefully sequenced, enabling step-by-step knowledge building. This curriculum inclusively caters to all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).
  • High Expectations and Pupil Achievement: The school maintains high expectations for all pupils, which translates into strong achievements across their learning activities. Pupils are well-prepared for the next stages of their education.
  • Personal Development Programs: The school offers an exceptional program to support pupils' personal development, covering topics like body image and healthy relationships, and providing enriching experiences through clubs and residential programs.
  • Professional Development and Staff Welfare: Staff members are highly positive about their employment at the school, appreciating the numerous professional development opportunities. The school also ensures staff welfare is considered, alongside educational quality.
  • Leadership and Management: The leadership at Mount Stewart Junior School is commended for their robust systems ensuring regular attendance and timely school starts. Leaders also work effectively with external agencies to monitor pupil welfare.
  • Reading and Phonics Teaching: Reading is prioritised across all school levels, with structured phonics teaching and a focus on reading for pleasure promoted through a diverse range of texts.

KS2 Results - 2019-23