Burman Infant School

Name Burman Infant School
Website http://www.burman.solihull.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Address Velsheda Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 2JW
Phone Number 01217441843
Type Primary
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 218 (52.3% boys 47.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.9
Local Authority Solihull
Percentage Free School Meals 11.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 12.8%
Persistent Absence 4.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 3.2%%
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Main findings

This already highly successful school continues to grow from strength to strength as a result of highly accurate self-evaluation, outstanding and purposeful leadership of the headteacher and the staff's relentless quest for improving on previous best performance. 'We never stop still as the uniqueness of each child is at the core of what we do; we are on a constant quest to find the key that unlocks each child's potential,' is the chair of governor's summation of why standards have remained exceptionally high over five years. Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the outstanding leadership and management of the headteacher and excellent teaching of the staff.'

This is a listening school which invol...ves us in all aspects of decision making,' said one parent, speaking for many. The school has many outstanding features. • Exceptionally high standards and excellent progress by all groups of pupils, including those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

• Pupils' very good achievement in reading and mathematics. • Outstanding provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage. • Pupils love learning, attendance is above average and parents say that children cannot wait to come to school.

• Teaching in all classes is excellent. Support staff make a very valid contribution to pupils' excellent rates of progress. • The curriculum is exceptionally well enhanced by visits, visitors and the use of the outdoor environment.

• Assessment procedures are very rigorous and pupils know their targets. • Pupils' personal development is exemplary. Their behaviour and their knowledge of healthy lifestyles and staying safe are first class.

• The headteacher, staff and governors ensure that systems of safeguarding and promotion of pupils' welfare and health and safety are excellent. • Outstanding teamwork, excellent communication between parents and teachers and very good links with outside agencies and other schools are the cornerstones of the school's success. • Excellent leadership and management at all levels, coupled with highly effective systems for raising and maintaining very high standards, ensure outstanding capacity for continuous improvement.

Information about the school

The school is of average size serving a socially mixed area. The vast majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. Hardly any pupils are learning English as an additional language.

The proportion of pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities is below average. Four have statements of special educational needs. The school provides Early Years Foundation Stage education for children in a Nursery and two Reception classes.

Before- and after-school care is provided in the 'Beechwood Club'; this facility is not managed by the governing body and is inspected separately. Since the previous inspection a children's centre has opened on the school site providing community services for children and families at the school. The school has achieved the Healthy School Award, Activemark and Silver Eco Schools Award.