|Name||St John’s Church of England Middle School Academy|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
|Inspection Date||14 March 2012|
|Address||Watt Close, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 7DH|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||640 (53% boys 47% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||15.3|
|Academy Sponsor||The Spire Church Of England Learning Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||9.4%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||2.2%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||12.2%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about the school
St Johns is a larger-than-average middle school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average as is the proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds or those who are learning English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is average. Key Stage 2 results are above the government floor standards, the minimum expectations set for attainment and progress. The school has recently been awarded the Eco Schools Bronze award and designated an effective school for supporting Initial Teacher Education.
This is an outstanding school. A major reason why it is outstanding is the drive and ambition of the headteacher and the senior leadership team, shared by all staff, demonstrating an excellent capacity to improve. The school has worked well with partner primary and first schools to ensure an accurate assessment when pupils start at the school. Achievement in mathematics has been excellent for a number of years. Achievement in reading and writing has improved significantly to outstanding so that now pupils are very well prepared for the next stage of their learning when they leave at the end of Year 8. All pupils say they feel safe. They have a very good understanding of different aspects of bullying, including cyber-bullying. Behaviour is very good around the school and in lessons, where pupils make an excellent contribution towards their own learning. Attendance is high. Teaching is outstanding because pupils achieve excellently. Lessons are highly motivating and engaging. The pace is rapid and teachers use questions very well to extend knowledge and develop understanding. The school makes very good use of excellent primary practice. Pupils frequently work collaboratively in groups and work is very well matched to their differing abilities. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs are supported very well, although a very small number of parents and carers expressed individual concerns. Leaders and managers, along with members of the governing body, are not complacent, and while achievement is outstanding they recognise more needs to be done to ensure it continues to improve. Senior leaders and subject leaders discharge well their responsibilities for the performance management of their teams and improvement in the quality of teaching, although some staff do not yet fully understand what constitutes the best possible practice.