High Meadow Community School

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About High Meadow Community School

Name High Meadow Community School
Website http://www.highmeadowcommunityschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Melanie Brown
Address High Meadow Community School, Norton Road, Coleshill, B46 1ES
Phone Number 01675462312
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 207
Local Authority Warwickshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils who attend High Meadow Community School are proud of their school and rightly so. They attend eagerly and are keen to learn.

The warm relationships between staff and pupils ensure pupils are supported in all aspects of school life. Pupils feel safe in school. They know that staff care for them because staff demonstrate this in all they do.

The needs of pupils drive all decisions in school. Pupils recognise this, saying, 'Everything we do we do together. Every decision is made with everybody in mind.'

Pupils have beautiful manners. They are polite and respectful. They understand the school's simple rules of 'ready, respectful and safe'.
<...br/>They abide by these rules admirably. This helps the school to feel calm, purposeful and happy.

Leaders have high ambitions for all pupils, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

They want pupils to learn to the best of their abilities and to be the best version of themselves they can be. Pupils relish this and rise to the challenges in terms of learning and in preparing to be responsible adults of the future. The ambition that leaders have is achieved through the school's actions and the pupils' attitudes.

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

The school prioritises all pupils being able to read confidently and fluently. No time is wasted in pupils starting on their reading journey. Staff are highly skilled in the teaching of phonics.

They quickly and skilfully identify any pupils at risk of falling behind. The support these pupils receive to address any gaps in learning is highly effective in enabling them to catch up with their peers. Books are perfectly matched to the pupils' specific phonics knowledge to allow them to develop confidence and improve their fluency.

This means the vast majority of pupils can read well. There are many opportunities to develop a love of reading. Pupils are excited to demonstrate how widely and regularly they read.

As a reward for demonstrating this, pupils are allowed to take a 'snuggle box' home. This contains a chosen book, a class teddy bear and edible treats to enjoy at home.

Many other areas of the curriculum are equally as successful.

The school has adapted the curriculum to ensure all learning gets off to a good start in the early years. Pupils achieve particularly well in the core subjects of mathematics, science and writing. It is impressive.

Some other curriculum areas are still being developed. Many carefully considered changes have already been introduced, but the school acknowledges that in some areas this work is not yet complete.

The support the school provides for pupils with SEND is highly effective.

The school knows the needs of the pupils well and ensures they get the right help to make the progress they are capable of. The school recognises the importance of involving parents in how well their children are progressing and does this exceptionally well. This starts with the youngest children as soon as they start school.

Pupils behave well at all points of the day. Staff are fair and consistent in responding to any behaviour issues if they do arise. This consistency of approach, which is understood by all, enables issues to be resolved swiftly.

Pupils say, 'There is never a major problem for too long.' Older pupils relish the opportunity to support younger pupils on the playground. They look out for pupils who might be lonely and support them in playing games.

The school teaches pupils the importance of being respectful and tolerant. A carefully planned curriculum teaches pupils to recognise and to celebrate differences. Pupils talk maturely and sensibly about acceptance.

The school provides some after-school clubs for pupils to attend that widen their enjoyment of school outside of the classroom. The school has recently introduced further opportunities to broaden experiences, including a planned series of residential trips that pupils can enjoy.

Many school leaders are new in post.

They have wasted no time in addressing the most important areas to make the school as successful as it can be. They know what they need to do next to make even greater improvements. This is praiseworthy.

Staff are highly supportive of the work of the school and value the efforts taken to promote well-being and workload. It is a highly harmonious and effective team. All staff are extremely proud members of the High Meadow family.

Governors understand their responsibilities well and work tirelessly to support, and challenge, the school. The school is held in extremely high regard by pupils and parents.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a small number of subject areas, leaders have not yet finalised curriculum plans. This means that in these subjects, pupils are not yet able to link knowledge and deepen understanding as well as they might, building on what they have learned before. Leaders should continue to develop these subjects to the same high standard as in other areas of the curriculum.

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