|Name||Glenthorne Community Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||17 June 2014|
|Address||Glenthorne Drive, Cheslyn Hay, Walsall, Staffordshire, WS6 7BZ|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||266 (55% boys 45% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||24.2|
|Percentage Free School Meals||10.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0.4%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||8.6%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is smaller than the average primary school. Most pupils come from a White British background and few speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus, or with a statement of special educational needs, is average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium (extra government funding to support the learning of particular groups, including those known to be eligible for free school meals and looked after children) is average. Children attend the Nursery class in the mornings only. Additional ‘wrap-around’ care for Nursery-aged children is provided in the afternoon. The school operates before- and after-school clubs which are managed by the governing body. Since its previous inspection, the school has received support from a local leader of education from Whitgreave Primary School. There have been several staff changes since the previous inspection. A new senior leader joined the school in September 2013, together with two newly qualified staff. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils achieve well because teaching is typically good and some is outstanding. Standards in Year 6 have risen, and more pupils than in the past are working at the higher Levels 5 and 6, particularly in reading and mathematics. Pupils make good progress across the school. The headteacher and senior leaders have focused successfully on improving teaching and pupils’ learning. Rigorous checks on teaching and good use of training and support for teachers have improved classroom practice and pupils’ achievement since the previous inspection. The school gives pupils an interesting range of subjects, topics and experiences which help them to enjoy school. Pupils are polite and behaviour in lessons and around school is good. Pupils feel very safe at school and have a good knowledge of how to keep themselves safe. They are well looked after by staff. The strong staff team, led by the headteacher and deputy headteacher, has the drive and skills to make the school even better. Governance has improved and is good. The governing body knows the school well and provides high levels of support and challenge which ensure that teaching and achievement continue to improve rapidly. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not yet outstanding. Pupils’ progress in writing, particularly that of the more able, is not consistently good because they are not given enough opportunities to practice their grammar and punctuation skills or check the spelling of words. Pupils’ handwriting is not always neat. Marking does not always tell pupils how to improve their work; they often lack opportunities to correct mistakes, which restrict how well their work improves.