St John’s Church of England Middle School Academy

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St John’s Church of England Middle School Academy

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
Phone Number 01527832376
Type Secondary
Age Range 9-13
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 640 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.3
Academy Sponsor The Spire Church Of England Learning Trust
Local Authority Worcestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 9.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.2%
Persisitent Absence 9.8%
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.

Key findings

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.