Forestdale Primary School

Name Forestdale Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 15 January 2019
Address Wareham Road, Frankley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B45 0JS
Phone Number 01214648659
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 231 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.6
Local Authority Birmingham
Percentage Free School Meals 52.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 12.1%
Persisitent Absence 13.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 17.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Forestdale is an average-sized primary school. Children in the early years are taught in one part-time Nursery class and one full-time Reception class. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is above average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Too few pupils in key stage 2 have made the good progress that they need in order to reach national standards. As a result, outcomes are not yet good. The impact of strategies employed to support pupils, including those who are disadvantaged, is not widely understood by leaders and governors. The quality of teaching has been variable since the last inspection. As a result of recent decisive action by leaders it has improved. However, it is too soon to see the effect of good teaching on pupils’ progress across the curriculum. Links with parents in the early years are good, but parents are less involved in their children’s education as pupils move through the school. The school has the following strengths The headteacher leads the school well. She has steered the school through challenging times. She established an enthusiastic and skilled staff team. Governors know the community and the school well. They are beginning to use a range of strategies to check and challenge leaders’ actions. Safeguarding is effective. Staff receive appropriate, up-to-date training that ensures they have the knowledge and skills to keep pupils safe. Teaching assistants are deployed well and show high levels of skill. Teaching is good. Pupils enjoy learning in interesting and attractive classrooms where knowledgeable staff care for them well. Pupils behave well. Relationships among pupils and between adults and pupils are positive and respectful. The school provides a broad and balanced curriculum that increasingly interests and helps pupils understand the world they live in. The school’s work to develop pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness is strong. Staff provide pupils with many opportunities to explore these aspects of their lives through a range of educational visits and activities.