St Michael’s CofE Primary Academy, Handsworth

What is this page?

We are, a schools information website. This page is one of our school directory pages. This is not the website of St Michael’s CofE Primary Academy, Handsworth.

What is Locrating?

Locrating is the UK's most popular and trusted school guide; it allows you to view inspection reports, admissions data, exam results, catchment areas, league tables, school reviews, neighbourhood information, carry out school comparisons and much more. Below is some useful summary information regarding St Michael’s CofE Primary Academy, Handsworth.

To see all our data you need to click the blue button at the bottom of this page to view St Michael’s CofE Primary Academy, Handsworth on our interactive map.

About St Michael’s CofE Primary Academy, Handsworth

Name St Michael’s CofE Primary Academy, Handsworth
Ofsted Inspections
Mr Philip Hynan
Address Piers Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B21 0UX
Phone Number 01215547818
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 179
Local Authority Birmingham
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

An abundance of love, care and ambition are evident across this school. Whether you are speaking to pupils, staff or parents and carers, the message is the same: 'We live, love and learn together as a family and as a community.'

The school is transforming the lives of families and pupils.

Many pupils join the school at different times throughout the year. Some stay for a little while. Some stay for longer.

But what is consistent is the school's determination that every pupil will, and does, do well.

There is a high level of care for every child. This includes family support, nurture and mentoring.

Pupils who are new to school benefit from t...he exceptional care that all pupils receive. Home visits ensure that these pupils and their families get the help they need to settle in swiftly. Behaviour is notably praiseworthy.

Not a moment of learning is wasted. All pupils achieve highly across the curriculum.

The raft of additional opportunities provided is a unique aspect of this school.

Everyone enjoys this exciting offer. From biking to ballet, sailing to supper club, the urban farm to the food cupboard; nothing is too much trouble for the school. They spot, they seek and they successfully support so many people in so many ways.

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

St. Michael's is a vibrant and diverse school to work and learn in. Leaders create pathways for pupils to realise their potential.

Staff give their best to help pupils to be their best. The trust, school leaders and families are committed and successfully working together to bring their vision for all pupils to fulfil their talents to life. This is what makes the school ethos so remarkable.

Parents rightly say, 'We are two families united together to bring up our children.'

All pupils enjoy and gain from the vision and values of St. Michael's.

The school successfully helps pupils to treasure their education. Pupils learn to attend regularly and to care deeply for themselves and others. They behave beautifully.

The school has thought deeply about what pupils should learn, both personally and academically, at any given time. The structure of the curriculum especially helps pupils who join the school at different points. A high proportion of these pupils are either new to the country or have not previously attended school regularly.

They quickly gain the basic skills they need and catch up with their peers.

No matter the subject, pupils' work is detailed, superbly presented and of high-quality academic content. The way the school has developed feedback to pupils is short, focused and makes a very real, positive difference.

Pupils can clearly tell you how they are improving in a subject. Staff appreciate the difference this approach has made to their workload.The dedication and attention to detail in making sure that the curriculum educates about and celebrates the school's cultural diversity is impressive and effective.

It sits within and across all subjects. Pupils show respect, understanding and appreciation of the distinct life experiences they bring from their families and their lives.

All pupils achieve exceptionally well.

The school's highest expectations are evident from early years upwards. Reception children benefit from skilled staff who guide sensitively, support, model and play with the children. Not a moment passes by without a focus on either social skills or speaking and listening skills.

These are interwoven through interesting topics that capture the children's imagination. The depth of learning and 'big words' that children use within their learning in Reception and beyond, is striking. Even more so, given that over half of pupils in the school speak English as an additional language.

This commitment to extending vocabulary and inspiring pupils grows and deepens throughout the school. Pupils' reading ability and understanding are deeply secure. The earliest sounds in phonics in Reception build onwards and upwards.

Simple texts become increasingly complex and challenging. Any gaps in learning at any point in time are noted and addressed. Pupils discuss information they know; they recall and explain words from stories and poems in impressive detail and with great enthusiasm.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) achieve equally as well as their peers. There is swift and accurate identification of needs. This, coupled with regular comprehensive training of staff, makes a very real difference.

Pupils with SEND receive a rich routine of effective targeted support. This means that they keep up and enjoy the same learning as all pupils. For most pupils with SEND, this is within their class.

For a few, 'the Nest' is a calming space. The routine, the learning tasks and the care and support given in the Nest bring out the best for these pupils.

None of the above would be possible without the extensive offer for pupils and their families beyond the classroom.

Pupils achieve scholarships in dance and sports. They exhibit their art. They sell produce raised on their allotment.

They grow into active citizens who have a social responsibility. The school community knows that it is the combination of the littlest things that make the biggest difference.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

  Compare to
nearby schools