|Name||Colmers Farm Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||05 June 2014|
|Address||Leybrook Road, Rubery, Birmingham, West Midlands, B45 9PB|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||406 (50% boys 50% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||26.4|
|Academy Sponsor||Excelsior Multi Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||46.6%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||6.4%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Colmers Farm Infant School is a smaller than average-sized school of its type. It shares a building with Colmers Farm Junior School, and is on the same site as Rubery Nursery which is a local authority controlled nursery. The Early Years Foundation Stage of the school is made up of two Reception classes. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds, the proportion who speak English as an additional language and those who are at an early stage in learning English are well-below average. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium, which is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or in care, is almost twice the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is well-above average. The proportion supported at school action plus or through a statement of special educational needs is also well-above average.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. All pupils make good progress and achieve well. Pupils’ progress in reading, writing and mathematics has improved greatly since the previous inspection and is now good. Children make a good start to learning in Reception because teaching is never less than good, and often outstanding. Teaching is good across the school with some outstanding practice. Teachers use information about pupils’ progress well to plan learning at the right level for different groups so that all pupils make good progress. Teachers provide helpful written and spoken advice on how pupils can improve their work. Teaching assistants are highly skilled and make a valuable contribution to pupils’ good achievement. Pupils say they feel safe and well cared for by adults in school. Pupils are provided with many opportunities in lessons and after school to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. Behaviour is good in lessons and around the school. Pupils are polite and respectful to adults and to each other. They are keen to learn and take great pride in their work. The school’s determination to promote good attendance has brought about rapid improvements recently so that, currently, attendance is above the latest national average data. The school is well led by the headteacher. She has introduced changes which have improved the quality of teaching and raised pupils’ achievement. She is very well supported by other leaders, and all of the staff. Governors know the school well and provide the right balance of support and challenge. They have contributed greatly to the improvements that have been made since the previous inspection. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching to ensure pupils make even more rapid progress. Outstanding practice in teaching is not always shared across the school. Very occasionally, teachers do not check closely how well pupils are learning and do not modify work during lessons when necessary to maintain pupils’ rate of progress.