St Benedict Biscop CofE Primary School

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St Benedict Biscop CofE Primary School

Name St Benedict Biscop CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Address School Road, Wombourne, Wolverhampton, WV5 9DZ
Phone Number 01902892197
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 192 (44.3% boys 55.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.6
Academy Sponsor St Bartholomew's Ce Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority Staffordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 10.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.5%
Persistent Absence 1.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.3%%
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

St Benedict Biscop is a friendly and welcoming school.

Pupils are happy here. They develop friendships, trust and respect through the school's Christian ethos and values. Pupils earn 'values' badges for good behaviour, attendance or achievement.

They wear these with pride. Leaders have high expectations of what pupils can achieve, academically and personally.

Pupils behave well.

They show genuine care for each other. At playtime and lunchtime, pupils include everyone in their games. Pupils enjoy attending the wide range of clubs and societies such as Lego club, choir, mindfulness sessions and sports teams.

The school has achieved a Gold Scho...ol Sports award.

Pupils know how to keep themselves safe. They say that bullying rarely happens.

Relationships between staff and pupils are warm and caring. As one pupil summarised, 'Everyone gets on well together.' Pupils are respectful and tolerant of different faiths and ways of life.

The school works hard to develop pupils' confidence and independence. The personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) lessons are well structured. In 'forest school' activities and nurture groups, pupils develop resilience from a very young age.

Older pupils relish their different roles, such as school council members or playground pals.

Pupils are a credit to the school. They bring to life the school's motto, 'Learning and growing together in Christian friendship'.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The headteacher and trust leaders are ambitious. They want pupils to achieve as well as they can. Staff, parents, carers and pupils recognise the many recent improvements.

In the early years, children are confident and articulate. Children learn new words every day. Well-established routines help children to behave well, listen and concentrate.

They are well prepared to start Year 1.

In mathematics and English, curriculum plans help teachers know what to teach and when. Skilled subject leaders help teachers to break down knowledge and skills into manageable chunks.

They consider what pupils need to learn next based on what they already know. They then adapt their planning. In mathematics, for example, pupils were struggling with arithmetic and reasoning.

Teachers now include regular arithmetic sessions and opportunities for problem solving. These are helping pupils to fill the gaps in their knowledge and skills. Most pupils achieve well in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of key stage 2.

However, some pupils are capable of achieving even more.

Teachers do not always use information about what pupils know and can do well enough to plan learning that is right for different pupils. For example, pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) sometimes struggle to complete their work because it is not quite right for them.

The most able pupils sometimes complete work that is too easy for them. When this happens, some pupils struggle to concentrate. This means that they do not achieve as well as they could.

Most pupils are fluent readers by the end of key stage 2. They love to read at home and school. In class, pupils read high-quality books.

Teachers make links from these to other subjects. For example, pupils reading 'Stig of the Dump' were also studying the Stone Age in history. If pupils struggle to pass the phonics screening check by the end of Year 2, they have intensive support in Year 3 to catch up.

The history subject leader supports teachers to map out the knowledge and skills pupils need to learn each year. Teachers then summarise the knowledge, skills and vocabulary pupils will be learning in each topic. Teachers, pupils and parents find this helpful.

Teachers are refining the curriculum further. For example, they know that pupils need to understand chronology better. This approach is also in place in geography, science and religious education (RE).

In other subjects, the curriculum plans are not as well developed. In some cases, this is because subject leaders are new to their posts. They have not had time to have an impact on the curriculum.

Some of the other subject leaders need more support to develop their work. In art, for example, the subject leader has mapped out what pupils need to learn in each year group for some skills. Pupils in Year 1 learn to blend colours with paint.

By Year 5, pupils have learned a range of painting techniques such as stippling and hatching. This is a good start but needs further development.

In PSHE, pupils learn about healthy relationships, democracy, rights and responsibilities.

Visits to different places broaden pupils' horizons. Pupils enjoyed singing in the 'Young Voices' celebration at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

The headteacher and trust leaders provide effective support for teachers and leaders to develop their skills.

Teachers feel well supported. Staff are proud to work at the school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

The headteacher is the designated safeguarding lead. She makes sure that staff receive regular training and updates. Staff are caring and watch out for signs of abuse or neglect.

Leaders are aware of the potential risks to children in the area or online. Pupils learn how to keep themselves safe in PSHE lessons. When new risks arise, for example through the inappropriate use of social media, teachers make sure pupils and parents are aware.

Leaders carry out thorough checks on new members of staff, volunteers or contractors working in school.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

In subjects other than mathematics, English and history, the curriculum is not currently sufficiently well planned and sequenced. Teachers need further support to understand how to sequence learning in each subject, building on what pupils already know and can do.

Subject leaders need to provide support for teachers about how to do this effectively in their subject. . Leadership is not consistently strong across the school.

The headteacher and leaders from the trust model high-quality leadership. Recently appointed leaders bring many strengths, but they have not yet had time to have an impact in their subject or phase. Senior leaders should provide support, building on existing strengths of current leaders, and establish clear expectations of the impact of leaders' work.

. Teachers do not always use assessment information sufficiently precisely to meet the needs of all pupils effectively. Pupils with SEND do not always receive the support they need to achieve their potential.

Equally, the most able pupils' needs are not always addressed effectively by the sequence of learning. As a result, some pupils do not achieve as well as they could. Leaders should ensure that all teachers know how to assess pupils' learning effectively in lessons and adapt their teaching or the learning activities to focus on what pupils need to learn next.