This is a good school School leaders have identified and taken effective action to address the school's long-standing weaknesses. These actions are improving the quality of teaching and enhancing pupils' well-being.
Leaders are implementing successfully the trust's vision for a broad curriculum that widens pupils' horizons. This includes learning to value diversity and other cultures. The quality of teaching and learning is good.
Teachers set work that builds on the differing abilities of pupils in the class. Teaching assistants are effective in helping pupils to learn. Leaders use effective assessment to identify pupils at risk of falling behind and to plan a...dditional teaching.
Pupils check their writing carefully, and standards of spelling, punctuation and handwriting are generally high. The style of some pieces written by older pupils is not well suited to their purpose. Teachers sometimes do not ensure that the most able pupils complete work that is sufficiently challenging.
On occasion, teachers' planning of activities fails to make good use of lesson time. Pupils' achievement has improved considerably. In 2018, pupils left Year 6 having made progress that was at least equivalent to the national average.
Disadvantaged pupils and pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) achieve well. Reading is a strength of the school. Staff teach phonics very effectively, and older pupils are avid and skilful readers.
Children in the early years make a very good start to the school. Many who enter with abilities below those typical for their age catch up rapidly. Pupils behave well in the classroom and on the playground.
Their relationships with each other and with the staff are strong. Pupils are keen to learn, and take good care with their work. Safeguarding is effective.
Pupils feel safe in school. Although pupils' attendance has risen sharply this academic year, the proportion of pupils who are persistently absent remains above the national average. Teaching is not as sharply focused on what pupils need to learn in Years 3, 4 and 5 as it is elsewhere in the school.
Pupils' progress in these year groups is not as strong.
Information about this school
Perry Wood Primary and Nursery School is larger than the average-sized primary school. The school provides a breakfast club and after-school club.
Perry Wood Primary and Nursery School is part of the Griffin Schools Trust. The school has a local governing board which is responsible for the routine governance of the school. The headteacher was appointed to her post in September 2017.
She had previously served as one of the school's deputy headteachers. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged is above average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is slightly below average.
The proportion of pupils who have English as an additional language is average. The proportion of pupils who leave and join the school other than at the normal points of transfer is above average. A very few pupils currently receive part-time alternative provision at the Perryfields Primary Pupil Referral Unit in Worcester.