|Name||Barr View Primary & Nursery Academy|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||08 July 2014|
|Address||Aldridge Road, Great Barr, Birmingham, West Midlands, B44 8NT|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||459 (50% boys 50% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||20.6|
|Academy Sponsor||Barr View Primary And Nursery Academy|
|Percentage Free School Meals||17.4%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||24%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||Yes, our last distance offered data is FREE|
Information about this school
Great Barr Primary School converted to become an academy school on 1 September 2012. When its predecessor school, also known as Great Barr Primary School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good. It is much larger than most primary schools. A well-above-average percentage of pupils come from minority ethnic backgrounds and one in every five pupils speaks English as an additional language. An above-average proportion of pupils are eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding to the school. The funding is based on the number of children at the school in local authority care and those known to be eligible for free school meals. The percentage of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are supported by school action is average. The proportion of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. An above-average number of pupils join and leave the school at different times of the year. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. A before- and after-school club, both managed by the governing body, operate on the school site.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Good teaching helps all pupils, including those who need extra help and those who are the most able, to make good progress. In all year groups, pupils’ standards in reading, writing and mathematics are improving rapidly. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make good progress. Pupils of all ages say they feel safe and that the staff take good care of them. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is good. They do what they are asked by staff and their positive attitudes to learning help them achieve well. The school has worked well with parents to improve pupils’ attendance. Leaders make sure teachers get the training they need to improve their skills. Teachers welcome feedback and do all they can to improve. Consequently, both teaching and achievement are good. Systems to check on how well pupils are doing are rigorous. Leaders and staff make sure those who need extra help get the support they need. Senior leaders have been effective in developing the expertise of all staff to enable them to take responsibility for leading different aspects of the school’s work. Governors are regular visitors to the school. They check that actions taken by leaders and managers are working well to improve pupils’ achievement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching to take pupils’ achievement to the next level. Not all teachers have high enough expectations of the quality of pupils’ handwriting or help them to take pride in the presentation of the work in their English books. In a few lessons, pupils do not have enough to do to keep them busy. As a result, they lose concentration, their attention wavers and their learning slows.