Albert Pritchard Infant School

Name Albert Pritchard Infant School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 16 May 2013
Address Crew Road, Wednesbury, West Midlands, WS10 9QG
Phone Number 01215560858
Type Primary
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 342 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 28.2
Percentage Free School Meals 18.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 12.9%

Information about this school

The school is larger than most other infant schools. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language, although the number is rising. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is broadly average, as is the proportion supported through school action plus or a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium, which in this school usually applies only to pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, is average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. As part of a federation with a local junior school, the infant school shares the same senior leadership team of headteacher (who took up her post as executive headteacher in January 2013) and governing body. The junior school was inspected in 2012.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Outstanding leadership from the headteacher, with strong support from the local authority adviser, has led to considerable improvements in the effectiveness of the governing body and senior leaders during this school year. As a result the vast majority of teaching is now good, and some is outstanding. All staff have worked hard with the senior leaders to remove weaknesses, and this has strengthened the progress made by pupils. Outstanding organisation and teaching in the nursery enables children to make rapid progress in learning and social development from very low starting points. Leaders, including governors, check accurately the quality of teaching and learning. These checks show that the overall progress of pupils is good. Pupils enjoy coming to school and feel safe. Their behaviour is good and well managed by staff. Attendance has improved considerably. All groups of pupils, including those who are disabled or have special educational needs and those known to be eligible for the pupil premium, receive good-quality support and care, and as a result they make good progress. Pupils enjoy a wide range of extra activities, with good support provided for their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Relationships are very good throughout the school, and pupils know how to support one another. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The role of subject leaders in checking teaching and giving guidance to staff is not yet fully developed. Pupils do not have enough opportunities to work independently and solve problems and research topics without the help of the teacher.