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Dear Visitor


Sholing is a vibrant and welcoming school and it promotes a challenging learning environment that inspires children to achieve high standards. Through many opportunities to learn creatively and explore imaginative ideas our children are encouraged to think deeply about their learning.


The staff work as a team, continually reviewing progress and exploring new strategies to inspire our young learners. We recognise the importance of capturing the energy and enthusiasm of children at an early age so that they become lifelong learners who are able to achieve more than they thought they could. 


We are proud of the behaviour of our children who are encouraged to express their thoughts and feelings with courtesy and confidence. We want children to develop a wide range of personal qualities – curiosity, self-discipline, courage, honesty, sensitivity, perseverance and independence and to achieve this we provide opportunities to reflect and talk openly about a range of issues both personal and of the wider community.


This is Sholing Junior School, an adventure for the mind and a home for the heart.

Mr M. Parnell

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I am writing to say a big thank you to you and your staff for the help and support you all gave us during our granddaughters time with your school.You have all done an amazing job, especially those teachers that have taught them both in each year. The breakfast & after school club is excellent and so are the staff. I would like to give a special thank you to their teachers who were great with them both, and those who went over and above to support us. All of them are so good with the children and deserve a massive pat on the back. A massive thank you to all of you.(Grandparents of two looked after children, January 2017)


When I asked my son what he liked about school, he said ‘everything’ so thanks to everyone for helping my children have such a happy experience at school and to everyone that helped at the disco. My daughter said that it was ‘awesome’! (Parent of Year 3 and Year 6 children, December 2016)


‘I really cannot express adequately my thanks to you for what you and your children have instigated and how you have inspired the children to work together to help achieve this fantastic result’. Thanks once again for all your fantastic work to make yesterday the success it was! It was quite overwhelming to meet the children and hear them sing so beautifully, as well as being so attentive during my talk. I think the memorial is quite beautiful and will be a reminder for generations of children of the pilots who defended Southampton during the war.’ (Jim Nicolson, Nephew of Flight Lieutenant James Nicolson, September 2016)


'My grand daughter was a very shy girl but since her years at Sholing Junior she has blossomed and this is due to the encouragement that she received right from the start. One of the great things about the dedication of the staff is their commitment to taking the children on different and exciting field trips such as the Isle of Wight, France and Wales. Words cannot fully express our thanks for all that the school have done in helping our grand daughter. One of our proudest moments was seeing her introducing and ending the recent performance of the Lion King. A solo performance that would have been unthinkable a few years ago. Well done Sholing Junior School' 

(Grandparent of Year 6 child, September 2016)


'Thank you for all that you have done over the years for my two girls - I know that my oldest daughter wouldn't have had the confidence to complete her D of E awards without first clinging to the mountain with your staff. They both have so much more confidence and I can only thank you and the rest of the Sholing Junior staff for setting them on the right path to helping them to believe in themselves.  I will miss this school having felt a very small part of it for the last nine years.'

(Parent of Year 6 pupil, July 2016)


'We would like to express our sincere thanks to all members of staff that have been involved with our daughter's education over the last 4 years. The standard of teaching supplied by all staff has been exceptional. However, what we have seen over the last few years is a commitment and dedication that goes far beyond teaching. The warmth and kindness shown by teachers has shown that this is much more than an ordinary school. It is more like an extension to the family, with strong values such as trust and respect, being as important as the usual subjects of English and maths. Whatever you do that makes this school so special, please do not change it. We only have one chance to teach our children and you have the balance just right, and words cannot express how grateful we are. You are more than teachers, you are role models that have played a very important part in the development of our daughter and this something that will always be remembered.'

(Parent of Year 6 child, July 2016)


'It is lovely to see such creative work. Thank you teachers for enthusing your pupils!' 'Amazing quality work that reflects super effort' 'Just brilliant!' (Parents, Lower School Homework Exhibition March 2016)


What a fantastic display of all the children's effort and commitment, a credit to all staff and parents. So proud my daughter is part of such a wonderful display'  'Very impressive work by the children' 'A great motivator for homework completion'  'You should all be very proud of yourselves' 'How lovely to see how hard all the children have worked. What a talented bunch of children you are teaching.' 'Well done to all of you!' (Parents, Upper School Homework Exhibition March 2016)


'Thank you to all of the teachers who put so much effort and time making the Wales trip a huge success and a truly wonderful experience for Holly.  Your dedication to the children is truly wonderful.' (Year 6 parent, July 2015)


'She has done so well and come a long way since she started in Year 3.  I am very proud.' (Year 4 parent, July 2015)


'Words cannot express my appreciation for the schools support of my son during his time with you. You have supported him through probably one of the most difficult times of his life and I am so proud of who he is today, and Sholing Junior School has had a huge part to play in that. You have a fantastic team.  Long may it continue.' (Year 6 parent, July 2015)




'The school has made rapid progress in addressing some of its areas for improvement. Currently the schools’ data shows that all groups of pupils, in all year groups are making stronger progress than previously at this point in the year. This is supported by the strengthening evidence in books viewed and pupils spoken to. Senior leaders have analysed data more deeply to enable cohorts, classes and groups to be checked regularly. A new system identifying those moving more slowly or in need of support is sharpening the focus on progress for all pupils- this is benefiting pupil premium and non-pupil premium pupils which indicates group is likely to be closer to other pupils nationally in 2017 and beyond'

School Improvement Officer, March 2017


'The Local Authority's Schools Monitoring Group (SMG) has determined that your school is category 2 and, as such, has the capacity to improve further without additional resources'

Jo Cassey, Principal Officer for Education and Early Years November 2015


'Thank you for bringing your young people to visit the Palace of Westminster today.  they were a smashing bunch and a real credit to you and your school, you must be very proud of them.'

Royston Smith MP  October 2015

'Attainment is above average at the end of Year 6. Good teaching ensures pupils enjoy their learning and make good progress. Strong, compassionate leadership promotes pupil's academic and pastoral development. Pupils behave well and have good attitudes to school. Robust tracking of pupils' progress ensures those that are not doing well enough are quickly identified. Excellent relationships across the school ensure pupils feel safe, behave well and are confident of adult support should they need it'.
Ofsted 2013


‘Gaining a ‘good’ judgement under the new Ofsted inspection framework represents an important achievement for your school and the city’ Councillor Sarah Bogle 2013


‘The whole school have a strong commitment to the continual improvement of the basic skills of all pupils thus ensuring that every pupil achieves their full potential’
Lyn Ross, Basic Skills Quality Mark Validation 2012






  • Sholing Junior School, Middle Road,
  • Sholing, Southampton, Hampshire, SO19 8PT
  •, 02380 447448