Fordbridge Community Primary School

Name Fordbridge Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 June 2016
Address Crabtree Drive, Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham, West Midlands, B37 5BU
Phone Number 01217798040
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 513 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.1
Local Authority Solihull
Percentage Free School Meals 46.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.3%

Information about this school

This is a larger-than-average-sized primary school. Most pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils looked after and those known to be eligible for free school meals, is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is above average. The school moved into new, purpose-built premises in September 2015. The governing body has managed Fordbridge Childcare Plus (a private nursery) provision for many years. In July 2015, this setting became part of the school and ceased to have separate registration. The school therefore now educates 2- to 11-year-olds. The school meets the government.s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils. attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The tenacious leadership of the headteacher, ably supported by senior leaders and governors, has ensured better teaching and improved achievement since the previous inspection. Leaders and governors know the school well and are relentless in seeking to tackle its remaining weaknesses. Staff provide a very wide range of activities and opportunities outside lessons. Pupils enthusiastically take part and develop interests and skills as a result. Teaching is now consistently good across most subjects and year groups. It is ensuring that most pupils make good progress. Teachers and teaching assistants plan interesting lessons. The teaching of reading and writing is particularly strong. Teachers and teaching assistants give regular, high-quality feedback that helps pupils improve their work. Pupils routinely check, correct and improve their work during lessons. Disadvantaged pupils make particularly good progress, so they now achieve as well as other pupils in the school and nationally. Pupils behave well in lessons and at other times of the day. They are considerate, confident and polite. Governors know the school well and are very committed to its continuing improvement. The early years provision is outstanding. Strong leadership, careful planning and consistently high-quality teaching mean that children make rapid progress. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Attendance is below the national average and is not improving quickly enough. The teaching of mathematics is not as good as other subjects. As a result, improvement in mathematics has been slower than in English.