Raddlebarn Primary School

Name Raddlebarn Primary School
Website http://www.raddlebarn.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Gristhorpe Road, Birmingham, B29 7TD
Phone Number 01214720062
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 429 (45.9% boys 54.1% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.4
Local Authority Birmingham
Percentage Free School Meals 19%
Percentage English is Not First Language 22%
Persisitent Absence 7%
Pupils with SEN Support 17.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
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Information about this school

The school is much larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils eligible for support through the pupil premium additional funding is above the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is above average but the proportion supported at school action plus or through a statement of special educational needs is average. About half of the pupils come from minority ethnic backgrounds, a higher proportion than average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The proportion of pupils who join the school at times other than at the start of a school year or Key Stage is larger than average. The school runs a before and after school club, called ‘Funshine’, which provides extended learning and snacks to children. This was part of the inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Children make good progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage because they are well taught by well trained staff who know how to get the best out of every child. Pupils achieve well throughout the school. They make good progress from their starting points because they are, in most lessons, given work that is demanding and makes them think hard. Attainment at Key Stage 1 has improved for three years in a row as a result of improvements in teaching. Most teaching is good across the school, and teachers usually keep a close check on pupils’ understanding. Pupils are courteous and well behaved. Good manners and considerate behaviour are taught well in the Early Years Foundation Stage and behaviour is very well managed by all teachers in the school. Pupils feel happy and very safe. This view is fully supported by parents and carers. The headteacher, the senior team, and governors are fully committed to providing an excellent education for all pupils. Their actions have raised standards and improved the quality of teaching. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Work set does not always get the best out of pupils because just occasionally it is either too easy or too hard. When this happens, pupils’ progress slows. Teachers’ marking does not always lead to prompt improvements in pupils’ work. Teachers do not always make the best use of extra adults employed in their classrooms.