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Valley Park Campus, Cromer Gardens, Wolverhampton, WV6 0UB
Academy special sponsor led
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Number of Pupils
Highlights from Latest Inspection
What is it like to attend this school?
Pine Green Academy is an inclusive school with dedicated leaders. Staff support all pupils to be happy at school.
They help many pupils to manage anxiety so they can begin to learn again. Pupils visibly relax as they come into school. Pupils are supported by staff who understand their needs and know how to help them.
The school motto, 'we are all different, and all valued,' is at the heart of everything the school does. Pupils are expected to behave well and respect each other, and they mostly do. Bullying is rare.
Pupils value rewards for good behaviour and they work hard to achieve them. Attendance is improving, but too many pupils still do not attend schoo...l regularly enough.
Leaders have high ambitions for all pupils.
Teachers plan sequences of lessons that match pupils' needs. However, leaders have not yet fully designed a curriculum that builds pupils' knowledge over time.
The school provides many opportunities for pupils to gain an understanding of different cultures.
Pupils also enjoy and value experiences in the local community. For example, they are enthusiastic about educational visits such as the recent trip to Cannock Chase Water Park.
What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?
The trust and governors are committed to improving the school.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed the pace of some planned improvements. The new leaders have listened to the staff and pupils about the behaviours that previously made them feel unsafe and have addressed these. As a result, pupils are in class more often, and there is a positive atmosphere in the school.
Staff now trust school leaders and have high aspirations for pupils.
The leaders' ethos is that 'with the right support and curriculum, all pupils can learn'. Rigorous assessment processes are in place and staff make regular checks on what pupils know and remember.
These checks provide adults with useful information about pupils' needs. The adults use this information to ensure that all pupils get the right support and intervention to help them achieve.
The leaders are ambitious that the curriculum for secondary-age pupils enables them to enjoy learning and make positive choices.
However, leaders have not yet designed a curriculum for all subjects which is well sequenced. Leaders have not checked the curriculum plans closely enough. This means that leaders have not identified that the staff need more support to plan the curriculum.
The primary curriculum is not as well developed. The leaders have not considered the key information they expect pupils to learn in each subject. Pupils are not helped to build their knowledge over time, and they are not as well prepared as they could be for the secondary curriculum.
The school is determined that all its pupils will learn to read confidently. Leaders have successfully introduced age-appropriate phonics and reading schemes and specific assessment tools. Teachers have the skills to support and motivate their pupils to learn to read.
As a result, pupils are making progress in their reading.
There is a well-planned careers education programme for pupils. The work experience programme helps pupils to gain experiences in their community.
It encourages them to think about future careers. This support prepares pupils well for the next stage in their education.
The leaders and staff work hard to support and help pupils manage their behaviour.
The pupils are confident that staff will act to resolve poor behaviour, including bullying. Many pupils are absent from school too often and miss vital learning. Leaders are working with parents and pupils to improve attendance.
Targeted support from different staff help pupils to learn tolerance and understanding of others. Pupils learn by taking part in exciting trips, listening to visitors who come to the school and taking care of several small animals at the school. For example, they care for a school puppy.
These carefully planned opportunities develop pupils' sense of respect and responsibility for others.
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.
All staff know pupils exceptionally well.
Staff are highly trained and understand potential risks that pupils may face. Staff escalate concerns should they need to. Records of such concerns are meticulously kept.
The trust regularly monitors safeguarding procedures at the school. They provide advice, support and guidance to school leaders. They check that safeguarding procedures are implemented well.
Pupils learn about keeping themselves safe by studying the personal, social and health curriculum. Leaders have carefully planned this curriculum to cover statutory requirements. Staff sensitively teach lessons to reflect the needs of individuals and groups of pupils.
What does the school need to do to improve?
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• Leaders have not ensured that the curriculum is well sequenced to build on pupils' prior knowledge. This means that pupils do not always build the knowledge they should over time. Leaders should ensure that the key information they expect to pupils know, understand and remember is taught in a logical order.
Leaders in the primary phase have not given enough thought to setting out the key information they expect pupils to know and remember. As a result, pupils are not as well prepared as leaders expect for the secondary curriculum. Leaders should define the key knowledge pupils need to know and remember as part of the school's primary curriculum.
• Leaders have not monitored the development and implementation of the curriculum closely enough. They have not ensured that the staff have sufficient training and knowledge to understand the features of a well-planned curriculum. Leaders should improve their understanding of the quality of education to ensure that they identify and make the improvements needed.
• Although attendance is improving for individual pupils, too many pupils do not attend school regularly enough. This means many children are not accessing the curriculum. Leaders need to work closely with parents and pupils so that all pupils attend school regularly.
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