Smith’s Wood Primary Academy

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Smith’s Wood Primary Academy

Name Smith’s Wood Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Burton’s Way, Smith’s Wood, Birmingham, B36 0SZ
Phone Number 01217798050
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 463 (48.4% boys 51.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.0
Academy Sponsor Smith's Wood Primary Academy Limited
Local Authority Solihull
Percentage Free School Meals 41.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.4%
Persistent Absence 6.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 21.1%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (03 May 2017)
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Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. The school converted to become an academy in 2014. The school runs a breakfast club every morning. Smith’s Wood Academy is a larger-than-average primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is well above average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is half the national average. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities for whom the school provides support is above average. The proportion of pupils with an education, health and care plan or statement of special educational needs is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Smith’s Wood Primary Academy is exceptionally well led. Leaders and governors have unwavering determination. A culture of high expectations permeates the school. The principal leads with passion and drive. His enthusiasm for learning is shared by fellow leaders. The leadership team constantly looks for ways to improve its own effectiveness. Governors are skilled and provide an equal measure of challenge and support. They work collaboratively with leaders to secure exceptional outcomes for children, staff and families. From starting points that are often below typical levels, pupils thrive. Outcomes in almost every phase are above national levels. Pupils’ progress is rapid. No one is left to fall behind. Disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are very well supported. By the time these groups of pupils leave school, their progress exceeds that of other pupils nationally. The curriculum is inspirational. Pupils are immersed in wide-ranging topics that fascinate and enthral them. There are opportunities for pupils to attend clubs and visit places they might not ordinarily see at such a young age. Teachers love their roles. They speak with passion and pride about what they do. Teachers are highly skilled practitioners who are committed to developing what they do and learning from one another. Assessment systems and procedures are robust and are used well to ensure that no pupils fall behind. However, the systems could be developed further to make the analysis of progress even more precise. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. Pupils love coming to school. Pupils say that they feel safe and that they value the fantastic menu of learning and extra-curricular activities available to them. Though pupils’ progress is rapid and outcomes are strong, there is scope for even greater challenge on occasion. This is particularly the case in the wider curriculum. Children get off to an excellent start in the early years. Teachers know children exceptionally well. However, opportunities for children to make choices about how they learn can sometimes be limited. The school’s learning environment is highly engaging and very child-centred. Pupils learn in inspirational spaces including the 4D room, specially designed mezzanines and even underneath rollercoasters!