Goldsmith Primary Academy

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About Goldsmith Primary Academy

Name Goldsmith Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Executive Headteacher Mrs Leanne Bridgwood
Address Goldsmith Road, Harden, WS3 1DL
Phone Number 01922710182
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 445
Local Authority Walsall
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils at Goldsmith Academy are able to 'Dream, Rise and Aspire' because inspirational leaders are determined that pupils reach their full potential.

Leaders have high expectations of all pupils. The curriculum is ambitious and enables pupils to achieve well. Leaders also use every available space in the wider school to reinforce learning, including in the early years, to inspire pupils.

Pupils' personal development is exceptionally well developed. Pupils say that the school rules and values help them to become a better person and give them a sense of belonging. Pupils talk with pride about the opportunities they get to experience new challenges and meet inspirational... people.

Pupils behave consistently well. They work cooperatively in class and care for each other in the playground. In the early years, children play and learn happily together.

Bullying is rare and pupils know adults will deal with any incidents swiftly. Pupils feel safe at school and know that adults will listen to them if they have any problems. Relationships between adults and children are based on positivity and respect.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Exceptional leadership has enabled the school to make significant improvements over time. Leaders are determined that staff and pupils reach their potential. Leaders give pupils the confidence to aim high in school and in later life.

Pupils learn how the knowledge and skills they acquire at school will help them to achieve their future career ambitions. Leaders also provide training and coaching to enable staff to develop their teaching skills extremely well. Staff feel valued and appreciate the leaders' care and support.

Leaders have organised an ambitious and coherent curriculum from the early years to Year 6. They have carefully set out the knowledge that pupils need to learn. As a result, teachers are clear about what to teach and when.

This enables pupils to successfully know and understand more over time. However, in a small number of subjects, the knowledge pupils need to learn is not as detailed. This makes it harder for pupils to build on their prior learning.

Teachers use checks on pupils' learning to identify and address any gaps in their knowledge. Older pupils use their electronic devices to share their work and get feedback during lessons. This means that pupils swiftly recognise their mistakes, know their strengths and learn how to improve even further.

Pupils enjoy reading books every day. From the moment the youngest children start school in 'Goldilocks' they listen to stories. When children join Reception, they begin to learn about the sounds that letters make.

Leaders have ensured that staff who teach phonics are expertly trained. Staff check pupils' learning of sounds regularly. This ensures that pupils who find reading more of a challenge get extra support that helps them to catch up.

Pupils enjoy weekly library visits and listening to their teachers read daily. Pupils are supported well to become confident and fluent readers.

Leaders quickly identify pupils who need additional help, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Teachers successfully adapt the curriculum to make sure that all pupils can access the learning. Pupils with SEND receive effective support, which helps them to achieve well. Parents appreciate the support that pupils with SEND receive.

Leaders have developed a highly effective personal development curriculum. The rich programme of learning ensures that pupils understand a range of important issues, such as equality and fundamental British values. Pupils have many opportunities beyond the classroom.

For example, in the '11 before 11' programme, pupils visit London and go to the theatre. All pupils take part. Leaders ensure that all pupils can take part.

Every pupil takes on a role or responsibility during their time at school. For example, pupils can be on the junior leadership team or school senate, are play leaders or catering assistants.

Pastoral support for pupils is effective.

Staff check the mood and emotions of all pupils every day. Staff have put strategies in place to support the pupils if needed, such as 'wobble walks'. Leaders work closely with families to promote regular school attendance.

Despite this there are still a small number of pupils who do not attend school regularly enough.

Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school. They praise the warmth and approachability of the staff and value the regular communication they receive.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders are alert to safeguarding issues. They know pupils and families well.

Staff swiftly identify signs that something might not be right in a pupil's life. Leaders have ensured that all staff know the risks that pupils may face. There are secure systems in place for staff to report concerns.

The designated safeguarding leader works effectively, including with other agencies if needed, to keep pupils safe. Pupils learn about the risks they may face growing up, including online. They know how to keep themselves safe and the steps they should take if they are anxious about something.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Some pupils do not attend school regularly enough. These pupils then miss too much learning and do not make as much progress as they should. Leaders need to continue to work with families and external agencies to address the persistent absence of some pupils.

Leaders have not ensured that, in a small number of subjects, curriculum planning is as well planned or embedded as other subjects. Consequently, pupils do not build their knowledge as well as they could. Leaders should ensure that all curriculum planning clearly sets out the important knowledge pupils need to know.

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