The Shirestone Academy

Name The Shirestone Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Shirestone Road, Tile Cross, Birmingham, B33 0DH
Phone Number 01216754686
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 243 (54.7% boys 45.3% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.2
Academy Sponsor The Elliot Foundation Academies Trust
Local Authority Birmingham
Percentage Free School Meals 44.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.8%
Persisitent Absence 5.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.7%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (01 May 2014)
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Information about this school

The school is an average-sized primary school. The school was granted academy status in November 2012. Its sponsor is the Elliot Foundation. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils eligible for support from the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those in the care of the local authority and those from service families, is well-above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well-below average. The Principal and vice-principal have both provided assistance to other schools within the academy chain in the use of assessment, working with the community, school leadership and ‘the pupil voice’. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Year 5 are currently being taught by two temporary teachers appointed until the end of the current academic year. Leadership of the Early Years Foundation Stage is pending appointment and is currently managed by senior leaders. The proportion of pupils who either join or leave the school in Years 1 to 6 is above average. The school provides a well-attended before-school club.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils make excellent progress from their starting points and achievement is outstanding. Children are given an excellent start to their personal development and education in Reception and Nursery. Outstanding teaching brings about rapid progress in reading and mathematics. Progress in writing is a little slower because : pupils are not given more opportunities to write at length. Teachers have high expectations of what pupils can achieve, enjoy excellent relationships with them and know how well they are doing in order to plan learning that they will enjoy and which will challenge them. Teachers provide pupils with accurate information about how well they are doing and what they need to do to improve. The behaviour and attitudes of pupils to learning are outstanding. They talk enthusiastically about their activities and concentrate and persevere with their work. The Principal and vice-principal are an inspirational team, dedicated to raising the aspirations of pupils. Through thoroughly checking and improving the quality of teaching, they have had a marked impact on raising the achievement of pupils. Pupils thrive in the happy community atmosphere that has been created. Governors have a wide range of skills which are used very effectively to provide outstanding challenge and support for the school. The school provides a wide range of activities, in and out of school, that contribute to the excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils.