Alumwell Junior School

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About Alumwell Junior School

Name Alumwell Junior School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Kerry Boam Lisa Upton
Address Primley Avenue, Walsall, WS2 9UP
Phone Number 01922721391
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 364
Local Authority Walsall
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils enjoy coming to this friendly and happy school. Leaders have developed an ambitious curriculum for all pupils, and this enables them to achieve well.

Pupils have good relationships with each other and adults. They feel safe in school and say that bullying is rare. If it happens, pupils know who they can talk to and that it will be dealt with.

Pupils' behaviour in and around school is calm and considerate. Staff ensure that all pupils reflect on their behaviour and choices. Pupils value this and know that 'how they behave matters'.

As a result, mutual respect and kindness are part of everyday life.

Leaders promote pupils' spiritual, moral, and cultural development well. Pupils learn to look through 'windows and mirrors' when learning about other faiths and cultures.

This helps them to look at other people's beliefs, experiences and perspectives and then reflect on their own. As a result, pupils understand the need to treat everyone equally and value each other's differences.

Pupils attend a variety of clubs in school, such as singing, board games and multi-sports.

Others enjoy learning to play a musical instrument. These activities help to build character and develop pupils' talents.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The curriculum is broad and ambitious.

In mathematics, reading and science, leaders have identified the knowledge they want pupils to remember. However, this is not the case in some of the other subjects. Leaders have not clearly identified the knowledge and concepts that teachers must teach to the pupils.

As a result, pupils do not learn well enough or in sufficient depth in these subjects.

In some subjects, leaders have checked the quality of education in their curriculum areas. This helps them to identify what is working well and what needs to be developed further.

However, in a few subjects, leadership is in the early stages of development. These leaders do not routinely check on how well the curriculum is being delivered by staff. Therefore, they do not reliably know how well teachers are helping pupils to learn and remember the planned content.

In most subjects, teachers design lessons that build on what pupils already know. As a result, they have a good understanding of what to teach. They explain content clearly and use questions to extend pupils' understanding and address any misconceptions that pupils may have.

Leaders are passionate about reading and have prioritised developing a love of reading. The reading curriculum is well sequenced and identifies the key vocabulary leaders want pupils to know and remember. Leaders have also put systems in place to support pupils to read fluently.

Staff check that pupils are on track with their reading. If pupils fall behind, they receive support to help them catch up. As a result, pupils enjoy reading and quickly learn to read with confidence.

Leaders make sure that pupils access a broad range of books, both in the school and class library areas. Pupils enjoy choosing and reading books. They talk confidently about their favourite authors.

One pupil explained that they like the way the author uses the blurb on the back of the book to 'hook them into the story'.

There is a systematic and consistent behaviour approach across the school. This help pupils to behave well.

They rarely disrupt the learning of their peers. Leaders make sure that pupils with additional needs are identified quickly. These pupils achieve well because staff demonstrate a good understanding of their individual needs and provide them with appropriate help to learn alongside their classmates.

Leaders have a well-planned and thoughtful approach to pupils' personal development. Pupils are taught effectively about healthy relationships and learn to express their thoughts and feelings. As a result, pupils develop personally and become more prepared for life in modern Britain.

Governors bring skills and expertise from a range of backgrounds. They support and challenge leaders effectively. Staff comment that leaders and governors are considerate of their well-being and workload.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have a strong understanding of current safeguarding issues. Staff are well trained in all aspects of keeping children safe.

They know how to identify and report any concerns about pupils. Leaders and staff know pupils and families well. They liaise closely with families and a range of agencies to ensure that vulnerable pupils and their families receive appropriate support.

Leaders ensure that adults who work at the school are safe to do so.

The family support worker supports pupils with their emotional well-being. Pupils are taught about how to keep themselves safe, including learning about online safety.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some subjects, leaders have not clearly identified the components of knowledge they want pupils to know and remember over time. This means teachers are not clear about the key knowledge pupils need to learn and build upon. Senior leaders should continue to support subject leaders to enable them to successfully design their curriculum and evaluate its implementation to identify where it can be improved further.

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