Anderton Park Primary School

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About Anderton Park Primary School

Name Anderton Park Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Ms Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson
Address Dennis Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham, B12 8BL
Phone Number 01214641581
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 463
Local Authority Birmingham
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher, senior leaders and governors are passionate about the care, welfare and education of every pupil who attends this school. Staff understand leaders' ambitions and support them well.

Focused training and effective support and mentoring have helped to improve the quality of teaching further across the school since the last inspection. Teachers ask effective questions that deepen pupils' thinking and extend their understanding and knowledge. There are considerable strengths in teaching across the school.

Pupils make good progress and reach high standards in mathematics. The proportion of pupils attaining at or above the expec...ted standard at the end of key stage 2 was above the national average in 2017. Over the past year, pupils' progress in reading has rapidly improved.

This is because leaders rightly identified it as a priority and took effective action. Children get off to a good start in Nursery and Reception. They make good progress from their different starting points.

The proportion of children reaching a good level of development has increased over the past three years. Safeguarding in this school is highly effective. Leaders, staff and governors are extremely well trained and vigilant.

High-quality policies and procedures protect all pupils. Leaders ensure that democracy, equality and the rule of law are central to the school's ethos. As a result, pupils are exceptionally well prepared for life in modern Britain.

The curriculum is planned carefully to be relevant and to meet pupils' specific needs. It places a high focus on being British and from Birmingham. Provision for sport, the arts and music is strong.

Leaders and governors are clear about areas for further improvement. They know that minor inconsistencies in teachers' expectations are limiting pupils' progress and are dealing with this, particularly in relation to pupils' spelling, handwriting and presentation skills. Pupils are polite and well mannered.

They have positive attitudes to their work and show respect to those teaching them. Leaders tenaciously follow up and challenge any absence from school. Although improving, attendance remains below the national average and the proportion of children who are persistently absent is higher than that seen nationally.

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. Anderton Park Primary School is much larger than the average primary school. The large majority of pupils are of Asian or Asian British Pakistani heritage, with the others coming from various other minority ethnic backgrounds.

The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is above average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is below the national average.

The proportion of pupils who have a statement of SEN or an education, health and care plan is below the national average. The early years provision consists of two part-time Nursery classes and three full-time Reception classes. The children's centre on the school site is due to close at the end of December 2017.

The school provides a breakfast club each morning. The school did not meet the government's current floor standards in 2016. These are the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics for pupils by the end of Year 6.

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