Ofsted and Performance Data

At Thomas Johnson Lower School, we are proud to say that from our inspection in November 2022 – we are officially a GOOD school!

With the following areas also judged as:

The quality of education   GOOD
Behaviour and attitudes    GOOD
Personal development       GOOD
Leadership and management  GOOD
Early years provision GOOD

You can read the full report here: Ofsted Report – November 2022

The inspection ran over two days on the 23rd and 24th November 2022 with a 2-hour telephone discussion the day before. We found the experience to be robust, challenging, supportive, fair – and extremely positive. The inspectors worked very hard to really understand every aspect of our school, our uniqueness and what we know makes us so special.

The report summarises our school and shows everyone what a wonderful place it is to be and why we are the perfect school for parents and carers to choose.

Below, we have picked out some of our favourite quotes from the report – but I would encourage you to take the time to read the full report – of which we are very proud.

  • Pupils at Thomas Johnson Lower are happy and get along well with one another. Everyone, including those who are new to the school, feel included and welcomed.
  • The school is recognised for being at the heart of its community.
  • The curriculum supports pupils to achieve well.
  • Pupil’s achievements are recognised and rewarded in several ways [and] all help to create a harmonious school community.
  • As one parent said, ‘it is clear the staff at Thomas Johnson know their pupils.’
  • Leaders have carefully considered the curriculum content. They have high aspirations for all pupils.
  • Pupils with SEND achieve well alongside their peers.
  • Leaders have designed and put in place a clear phonics and reading programme. By the time they are in Year 1, pupils use their knowledge to read words of increasing complexity.
  • Leaders promote a love of reading by sharing high quality texts. This helps pupils to become confident and fluent readers.
  • In the early years classes, children meet the high expectations set for them. Staff build strong relationships with children and their families.
  • Pupils are friendly and polite. They understand what is expected of them. Pupils behave well in lessons. They pay attention, concentrate on the tasks they have been set. This ensures that there is no disruption to learning.
  • Leaders continue to evaluate and extend how they cater for pupils’ wider development. These opportunities help pupils to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding.
  • Parents are overwhelmingly positive about recent changes.
  • Staff say they are proud to work at the school.
  • Leaders know the school’s strengths and areas to improve.
  • The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Leaders have created a culture where staff care about pupils deeply.


Please find below our most recent Ofsted report and other relevant information from the Department for Education Performance Tables.

Ofsted Report – November 2022

DFE Performance Tables

Performance summary 2021-22

Department for Education School Information

Ofsted – Link to our school page

Compare School Performance Tables

Letter from the Minister of State for School Standards

Link to Parent View