Bartley Green School

Name Bartley Green School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Adams Hill, Birmingham, B32 3QJ
Phone Number 01214769246
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 926 (51.5% boys 48.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.3
Academy Sponsor Bartley Green School
Local Authority Birmingham
Percentage Free School Meals 34.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.3%
Persistent Absence 16.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 19.2%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (07 November 2013)
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Information about this school

Bartley Green School converted to become an academy school on 1 April 2011. When its predecessor school, of the same name, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be outstanding. The school is an average-sized secondary school. The school is a specialist technology and sports college. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average, as is the proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The school has specially resourced provision for 22 students with a statement of special educational needs, particularly in speech, communication and language. These students are fully integrated into mainstream classes. The Owl Centre provides support for students identified as at risk as they transfer from Year 6 to Year 7 and promotes good behaviour and learning skills across the curriculum. The proportion of students from minority ethnic heritages is average. Very few students speak English as an additional language. Almost 60% of students are known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for students in local authority care and those known to be eligible for free school meals. This is well above the national average. Seven students attend a variety of full- and part-time alternative courses provided at Bournville College. The school meets the current government floor standards for secondary schools, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The school was one of the first in the country to be designated a Teaching School. The headteacher is a National Leader of Education and the school is a National Support School. Over the past two years there has much staffing disruption, particularly in mathematics and English, including in the leadership of English. In addition, a number of experienced teachers moved on to promotion at the end of the last academic year and were replaced by seven newly qualified teachers.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. All groups of students achieve outstandingly, particularly those for whom the pupil premium provides additional funding. They enjoy their lessons and show a great eagerness to learn. All teaching is never less than good and is often outstanding. Teachers know their students very well, having high expectations of what they can achieve and promoting their independence. They plan tasks and learning resources that provide the right level of difficulty to meet the needs of all abilities. The quality of questioning is highly effective in all subjects, so that students are challenged to think deeply about their learning. Written marking is not always as effective. Students’ behaviour is exemplary both in lessons and around the school. They are polite and respectful to each other and to adults. Students say how safe they feel as a result of the support adults provide and the speed with which any problems are sorted out. The inspirational headteacher has surrounded herself with a highly effective senior team. They, together with the governing body, have ensured that raising students’ achievement and ensuring their well-being are at the heart of all they do. Procedures to ensure that the quality of teaching constantly improves and is of a consistently high quality are exceptionally effective. The school shows an outstanding capacity to sustain the high quality of provision achieved, and to improve further.