|Name||Sidney Stringer Primary Academy|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Address||Bath Street, Coventry, CV1 5GU|
|Number of Pupils||299 (54.8% boys 45.2% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.6|
|Academy Sponsor||Sidney Stringer Multi Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||32.8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||50.6%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||11.1%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (24 April 2018)
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Information about this school
Sidney Stringer Primary Academy opened as a free school in September 2015 and this is its first inspection. The oldest pupils in the school are age 7 and are in Year 2. Sidney Stringer Primary Academy is part of the Sidney Stringer MAT. There is an executive principal of the MAT and each school has its own headteacher. Sidney Stringer Primary Academy’s leadership team consists of a headteacher and a newly appointed assistant headteacher who will take up this new role in September 2018. Each school has its own local governing body, which is accountable to the MAT board of directors. The chair of governors at Sidney Stringer Primary Academy is also a director on the MAT board. Senior leaders and governors work in close partnership across the MAT. There are opportunities for training and development of staff, for sharing best practice and to moderate assessments of pupils’ work and progress. The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged and supported by the pupil premium is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is similar to the national average.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school The executive principal, headteacher and governors have an incredibly strong vision for the future of this school. This is shared by a skilled and dedicated team of staff. Senior leaders are very ambitious for the school. They have high expectations and a strong focus is placed upon successfully securing the best outcomes for all pupils. Governors provide highly effective support and challenge. They have accurate understanding of the strengths and areas for improvement because of their regular visits to the school. Pupils enjoy an exciting curriculum. The rich themes of the curriculum enable pupils to develop extensive knowledge about the topics they study. Pupils develop impressive social skills and a deepening understanding of the world around them, including their local community. Consequently, they are well prepared for life in modern Britain. Children join the Reception Year with skills that are below those typical for their age. They make rapid progress because of excellent teaching. Children are very well prepared to start Year 1. Teachers plan work carefully to meet pupils’ needs. As a result, pupils make strong progress in a wide range of subjects. Leaders recognise that on some occasions the progress of the most able pupils is less consistent than that of other pupils. Disadvantaged pupils make excellent progress, both academically and in their personal, social and emotional development. This is because : pupil premium funding is very well directed with an emphasis on meeting their individual needs. Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities benefit from well-planned interventions. As a result, they make strong progress, particularly in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils’ behaviour in the classroom and around the school is exemplary. Relationships between all members of the school community are very respectful. Leaders at all levels benefit from excellent professional development, often provided through the multi-academy trust (MAT). There is a culture of self-reflection and a thirst for continuous improvement. Subject leaders are overwhelmingly positive about the support they receive.