|Name||Blowers Green Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
|Inspection Date||22 November 2016|
|Address||Blowers Green Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY2 8UZ|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||237 (51% boys 49% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||22.2|
|Academy Sponsor||Dudley Academies Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||32.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||64.6%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||24.5%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. Blowers Green is an average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above average. Approximately half of the school’s pupils are from Pakistani backgrounds. Other pupils are from a range of different ethnic backgrounds. The school meets the current government floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school Blowers Green has improved further since its last inspection and is now outstanding. The proportion of pupils who achieve the expected standards by the time they leave in Year 6 is well above national levels. The progress that pupils make, from often very low starting points, is exceptional. Staff know pupils’ needs on an individual basis and provide support to help them flourish in their learning. Leadership is highly effective at all levels. The headteacher and deputy headteacher are exceptional leaders and have developed a high- performing team. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is strong throughout the school. Teachers are passionate about what they do and are committed to making a difference. Assessment and tracking systems are effective in ensuring that no pupils fall behind. Leaders recognise that these systems must continue to evolve so that the school’s very high standards remain substantial and sustained. Governors are highly skilled and knowledgeable. Governors provide the school with an effective level of both challenge and support. Parents and pupils are highly satisfied with what the school offers. Pupils’ behaviour is exceptional. Pupils are proud of their school and are keen to do their best. The school’s mission statement, ‘united in learning’ and the mantra, ‘every second counts’ underpin all that staff do. They are committed to these aims and no time is wasted, ensuring that pupils aim to achieve at the highest possible levels. The school’s curriculum is highly effective in supporting pupils academically and pastorally. The school environment is bright and attractive and has been improved considerably in recent years. New facilities now include areas which the school terms their museum and art gallery. The school pays close attention to developing pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. As a result, pupils are well-rounded future citizens by the time they leave at the end of key stage 2. Staff have worked hard to improve rates of attendance. Overall attendance is now in line with national levels. Rates of persistent absence, though also improving, are not yet in line with those found at a national level.