Cooper and Jordan Church of England Primary School


Name Cooper and Jordan Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.cooperjordan.walsall.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 March 2015
Address The Green, Aldridge, Walsall, West Midlands, WS9 8NH
Phone Number 01922743765
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 479 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 27.5
Local Authority Walsall
Percentage Free School Meals 6.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

The school is larger than an average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is well below average. There are too few pupils to report on at the end of Key Stage 2. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and children looked after by the local authority. The early years provision consists of a part-time morning and afternoon Nursery class and two full-time classes in Reception. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is well below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Since the previous inspection there have been a number of changes in teaching staff including the restructuring of the leadership team. The previous headteacher retired at the end of the summer term in 2013. The substantive headteacher was appointed in January 2014 and was supported by a temporary assistant headteacher until September 2014 when the new leadership team, including the deputy headteacher were appointed. A breakfast and an after-school club operate on site. These are not managed by the school and were not part of this inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The new headteacher has acted swiftly to halt the decline of the school which arose because of instability in leadership. As a result, teaching and pupils’ achievement are improving quickly. Pupils are now making good progress throughout the school, particularly in reading and mathematics. The school’s data show that more pupils are on track to achieve the highest standards in reading, writing and mathematics than in previous years. Pupils say they feel safe and enjoy coming to school as their above average attendance shows. The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well. This is reflected in pupils’ good behaviour and well-developed social skills. Pupils show respect and care for each other. Children in the early years have a good start and are well prepared for the next stage of their education. The curriculum enriches pupils’ experiences. Interesting work motivates pupils and makes learning fun. Teaching is consistently good and some is outstanding. Teachers use assessment information well to make sure work is at the right level of difficulty for pupils’ different abilities. The governing body has a wealth of relevant skills to support them in their role. Governors diligently hold senior leaders to account. They have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and areas for development. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ achievement in writing in Key Stage 2 is not as strong when compared to reading and mathematics. Teachers’ marking does not always make clear how pupils can improve their work in writing. Leaders have not ensured that parents are well informed about their vision for the school and how recent changes are improving the quality of teaching and raising pupils’ achievement.