Alumwell Infant School

Name Alumwell Infant School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Primley Avenue, Walsall, WS2 9UP
Phone Number 01922720886
Type Primary
Age Range 5-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 269 (53.2% boys 46.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.5
Local Authority Walsall
Percentage Free School Meals 42.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 46.5%
Persistent Absence 20.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.8%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

The school is larger than the average-sized infant school. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above the national average and has increased since the last inspection.

The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is well above average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities has increased since the last inspection and is above average. Early years provision in the three Reception classes is full time.


Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school This is a happy, caring and inclusive school, where children are nurtured and thrive as a result. The headteacher, senior leaders and governors have successfully improved the school since the last inspection. They have raised pupils' achievement and the quality of teaching.

These are both now good. Pupils make good progress from their starting points. Those who are potentially vulnerable, disadvantaged or who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are particularly well supported to help them make good progress.

The teaching of phonics is a strength of the school. As a result, the proportion of pupils reaching the expected standard in the Year 1 national phonics check has improved and is broadly at the national average. Pupils make good progress in reading and writing.

Pupils are enthusiastic readers and enjoy writing in different styles. Teachers generally provide interesting and motivating lessons and pupils learn well as a result. Pupils' progress in mathematics is not as rapid as in reading and writing.

There are not enough opportunities to deepen reasoning skills or develop mathematical skills in other subjects. Teachers' expectations for the most able pupils in mathematics are not always high enough. The early years provision is good.

Children get off to a good start in their learning. There has been a sustained improvement in children's outcomes, which are now broadly average. The range of activities offered is not as interesting and stimulating outdoors as it is indoors.

Pupils' personal development and behaviour are good, and have improved since the last inspection. Pupils' attitudes to learning are now positive. They are friendly, kind and respectful to others.

In 2015/16 pupils' attendance fell to below the national average. The proportion of pupils that were frequently absent rose. The school has a strong partnership with parents.

Almost all are positive about all aspects of the school's work. The support for vulnerable pupils and their families is a strength of the school. Pupils feel safe in school because their welfare is given high priority.

Pastoral support for pupils is at the heart of the school's work. Governors have improved their effectiveness in holding leaders to account for the school's performance. They provide a good level of support and challenge.