Crocketts Community Primary School


Name Crocketts Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 17 September 2014
Address Coopers Lane, Smethwick, West Midlands, B67 7DW
Phone Number 01215581659
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 512 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.8
Local Authority Sandwell
Percentage Free School Meals 18.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 60.9%

Information about this school

This is a larger-than-average-sized primary school. The Early Years Foundation Stage is made up of a Nursery and two Reception classes. The majority of pupils are from a range of minority ethnic groups, with pupils of Asian heritage being the largest group. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium funding is above average. This additional funding gives extra support to pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or looked after by the local authority. The proportions of pupils supported at school action and those supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs are both above average. The school provides specially resourced provision for pupils with special educational needs; it caters for up to nine pupils who have severe physical and medical needs. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Crocketts Community Primary School has an excellent leadership team which is consistently driving improvements across the whole school. It is supported by a governing body that is highly challenging and has an accurate view of the school’s performance. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding and their attitudes to learning are exceptional. Pupils say they feel safe and happy in school. Teaching is consistently at least good and often outstanding across all year groups and subjects. All groups of pupils are making rapid and sustained progress in reading, writing and mathematics, although phonics (the sounds letters make) are not taught consistently as well across all age groups as other aspects of English. The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development outstandingly well. The quality of provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage is good. Children are well taught and make good overall progress. Teachers’ use of assessment information in planning has a greater impact on children’s progress and their development of skills in Reception than in the Nursery. Parents and carers are highly positive about all aspects of the school’s work. The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding. The school’s move towards a new curriculum has enabled pupils to experience a wide range of learning opportunities. It is preparing them very well for their future lives.