Grove Primary Academy

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About Grove Primary Academy

Name Grove Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Mr Philip Salisbury
Address Caledonia Road, Wolverhampton, WV2 1HZ
Phone Number 01902925702
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 451
Local Authority Wolverhampton
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher, well supported by the leadership team, has improved the school considerably since it became an academy in 2016.

Improvement is evident in all areas, including behaviour, teaching and outcomes. The multi-academy trust (MAT) provides good levels of support to school leaders and staff. However, there are some weaknesses in the communication and information shared between trust members, directors and governors.

Leaders have identified appropriate priorities and generated individual action plans to raise achievement. Currently, these plans are not evaluated systematically across the MAT. Leaders, including directors, are there...fore unclear whether actions taken are leading to continual improvement.

Teaching is effective. Teachers use their accurate assessments to plan activities that build well on pupils' prior learning. Minor weaknesses remain in teaching.

Boys do not make as much progress as girls in reading because they are not always as motivated or engaged by reading activities. In addition, some pupils are not given sufficient opportunities to write independently or at length in different subjects. Pupils' problem-solving and reasoning skills in mathematics are in the early stages of development.

As a result, too few reach the higher standards at the end of key stage 2. Pupils behave well in class and around the school. They are courteous and polite.

They have good attitudes to learning and are keen to do their best. Relationships are highly positive throughout the school. Pupils trust their teachers and other adults.

As a result, they feel safe. Pupils enjoy and benefit from the range of curriculum opportunities they receive. Skilfully taught Spanish, computing and music lessons supplement the curriculum well during teachers' release time.

Pupils are making good progress. Attainment is rising rapidly across the school, especially in early years and from Years 1 to 4. Stronger teaching is leading to improvement in Years 5 and 6.

Children get off to a good start in early years. Effective teaching and leadership ensure that children make good progress. Good-quality pastoral support is provided for pupils and their families.

Pupils do not have a secure understanding of British values.

Information about this school

This school is larger than the average-sized primary school. It is one of three primary schools in St Martin's multi-academy trust.

The school joined the trust in April 2016. The headteacher was appointed in November 2016. There is a higher than average level of pupil mobility within the school with pupils leaving or joining throughout the year in most year groups.

Pupils come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. Only 9% are White British. Three quarters of pupils speak English as an additional language.

The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is above the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is average. The school manages a breakfast club.

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