Walmley Junior School

Name Walmley Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 22 January 2014
Address Walmley Ash Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B76 1JB
Phone Number 01213511346
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 359 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.8
Local Authority Birmingham
Percentage Free School Meals 5.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.9%
Persisitent Absence 3.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are supported through school action is below average, as is the proportion supported at school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs. The proportion for pupils for whom the school receives additional funding, known as the pupil premium, is below average. This funding is, for example, for pupils in local authority care, those known to be eligible for free school meals and those from services families. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is average, but very few speak English as an additional language. The school has its own before- and after-school club, known as the Early Birds club. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. An acting headteacher and senior leadership team have led and managed the school since September 2013. The acting headteacher was appointed headteacher during the inspection. The school has long supported other local schools in improving teaching and learning.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils start and leave the school with attainment that is well-above average. They make outstanding progress across all subjects. Outstanding leadership and management have sustained high-quality teaching, learning and achievement since the previous inspection. The headteacher and senior leadership team lead by example. They are excellent role models for outstanding teaching. Teaching throughout the school stimulates pupils’ curiosity and builds in them a desire to learn as much as they can. More-able pupils respond very well and their work is consistently impressive. Excellent marking in all subjects makes sure that pupils build up their skills systematically in each one. The management of the performance of teaching and support staff is excellent. All suggestions for improvement are followed up. Teachers readily help each other to improve. Subjects are brought together and taught in an imaginative way that fosters a real enjoyment of learning alongside developing pupils’ academic and personal skills. The school successfully closes gaps in learning between different groups of pupils, including those for whom it receives pupil premium funding. Very occasionally, some less-able pupils find work too hard because it is not broken down sufficiently for them. Pupils’ behaviour is impeccable. Pupils feel very safe in school and the school makes sure they know how to keep themselves safe.