Little Aston Primary School

Name Little Aston Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 November 2014
Address Forge Lane, Little Aston, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B74 3BE
Phone Number 01217949350
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 222 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.4
Local Authority Staffordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 3.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 24%
Persisitent Absence 5.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.1%
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-sized primary school. There is sessional care for children of 3-4 years old, which is a mixture of part and full-time arrangements (known as Sparkletots). This provision is managed by the governing body and was part of this inspection. In addition, there is a full-time class for Reception children. Around sixty per cent of pupils are White British, a smaller proportion than average. The remaining pupils come from a wide range of minority ethnic groups of whom those of Indian background are the largest group. A higher than average proportion of pupils speaks English as an additional language. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the additional funding known as the pupil premium, at one in fourteen, is well below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, at one in twenty, is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in Year 6. An above-average proportion of pupils joins and leaves the school at other than the normal times during the school year. The headteacher has been a local leader of education (LLE) over the previous 12 months.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Effective leadership and management have led to improved achievement. Pupils continue to make strong progress in reading, writing and mathematics. As a result, levels of achievement remain high at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2. Efficient checks on the school’s performance are regularly made. The school’s self-evaluation is accurate and puts leaders and the governing body in a strong position to secure further improvement needed, especially in teaching. Children in the pre-school class and those in Reception make sustained progress from their starting points and they achieve very well. Attitudes to learning are excellent. Pupils display a love of learning which contributes to their high levels of achievement. Pupils from all backgrounds feel safe at school. Their behaviour is exemplary and has improved since the last inspection. Good teaching creates a positive climate for pupils’ learning. It gains their willing engagement and meets most pupils’ needs well. The range of taught subjects and activities has been successfully aligned to the new national curriculum. It adds to, and enriches effectively, pupils’ learning and experience. The curriculum prepares pupils for the next stage of their education extremely well. Most parents are very satisfied with the care the school shows for their children. They also believe that their children are safe and happy at school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough of the teaching is yet outstanding. At times, teachers set work that does not help pupils to make the best possible progress. Teachers do not always check enough whether pupils understand and follow the guidance given to them through marking. They do not consistently check that pupils use grammar and the spelling in their writing across all subjects accurately.