Blakenall Heath Junior School

Name Blakenall Heath Junior School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Field Road, Bloxwich, Walsall, WS3 3JF
Phone Number 01922710145
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 235 (49.8% boys 50.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.2
Local Authority Walsall
Percentage Free School Meals 64.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 12.3%
Persistent Absence 7.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 20.9%%
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 smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged is over three quarters of the school population. This is much higher than that found nationally.

The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above average. The proportion of pupils who are supported by a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is below the national average.

The headteacher has led the school since January 2014. The deputy headteacher joined the school in May 2014. The school has undergone some staff turnover, with a quarter of the current staff joining the school since the last inspection.

The school runs a free breakfast club; this is open to all pupils in the school. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics for pupils in Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher leads the school with vision and determination.

Leadership is strong. Leaders, staff and governors share high expectations for all pupils. Teaching has significantly improved since the last inspection.

Pupils benefit from good teaching throughout the school. Teachers demonstrate good subject knowledge and accurately assess pupils. As a result, pupils are making good progress.

Checks on the progress of pupils, including the most able and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, are thorough and accurate. Leaders maintain a sharp focus on the progress of individuals and groups of pupils. Pupils’ personal development is outstanding.

The nurturing, caring ethos is striking in all aspects of school life. The care for pupils is exemplary. Pupils are friendly, polite and well mannered.

They behave well in lessons and around school. Pupils show respect for one another. They take great pride in their school.

Staff foster a ‘can do’ attitude in their work with all pupils. Pupils develop confidence and try hard. Current pupils are achieving well.

Pupils’ progress in reading in 2016 was well below the national average by the end of Year 6. Leaders have taken decisive action to address this. However, there are occasions when teachers do not explain clearly enough to pupils what they need to do next to improve as a reader.

This has an impact on the progress of some middle-ability pupils in reading. Pupils achieve well in writing. The teaching of writing is a strength.

Teachers provide good opportunities for pupils to write in different areas of the curriculum. Attendance is above average. Pupils enjoy school and are keen to learn.

Pupils feel very safe in school and parents agree. Governors know the school well. The governing body makes a strong, effective contribution in moving the school forward.

Safeguarding is highly effective. Staff know the pupils well, systems are robust. Leaders ensure that the safeguarding of pupils has the highest priority.