Butts Primary School


Name Butts Primary School
Website http://www.butts.walsall.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 07 October 2014
Address Butts Road, Walsall, West Midlands, WS4 2AH
Phone Number 01922721073
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 257 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.6
Local Authority Walsall
Percentage Free School Meals 37.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 53.7%

Information about this school

Butts is slightly smaller than the average-sized primary school. Almost three quarters of pupils are of minority ethnic, mainly Pakistani, heritage. Over half of pupils speak English as an additional language. A high proportion of the pupils – around half - are disadvantaged pupils who are supported through the pupil premium (additional funding provided by the government for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children looked after by the local authority). The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average. No pupils attend alternative provision. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. After the school was placed in special measures following its last inspection in May 2013, it received interim leadership support from the headteacher and deputy headteacher of Alumwell Junior School nearby. Following the resignation of the previous headteacher in February 2014, the governing body sought to formally federate with Alumwell Junior. Federation was ratified in May 2014, and the two schools now have a single governing body. Alumwell’s headteacher is now also executive headteacher of the federation. The former Alumwell deputy headteacher, who provided interim support, was appointed as substantive headteacher of Butts in May 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Under the outstanding leadership of the headteacher and executive headteacher, the school’s ethos and quality of education have improved rapidly. Senior and middle leaders are highly successful in promoting effective teaching and ensuring that staff readily take full responsibility for improving pupils’ achievements. Teaching is good across the school; there are some excellent features in teachers’ classroom management skills and the way teachers use assessments to set targets that help pupils improve. The strong promotion of pupils’ literacy skills has been highly successful in building on their strengths in reading and addressing weaknesses in writing. The Early Years Foundation Stage is good and equips children particularly well with reading, writing and personal skills. Pupils’ standards and progress by the end of Key Stage 2 and their attendance across the school have improved markedly since the last inspection. Pupils are very proud of their school and participate enthusiastically in a wide and broadening range of clubs and activities. They behave well in lessons and around the school. The school is well regarded by parents and pupils alike who feel that pupils are safe and well cared for. Governors have worked successfully to reorganise school leadership and smoothly set in place arrangements for the new federation. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough pupils reach the higher levels of attainment by the end of Key Stages 1 and 2. Too few pupils exceed the expected rate of progress by the end of Year 6. More-able pupils are not always given tasks which are sufficiently demanding to deepen their understanding and skills. Standards of writing for pupils in a minority of classes are still too low, reflecting a legacy of underachievement in the past.