George Dixon Primary School

Name George Dixon Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 22 November 2017
Address City Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B17 8LE
Phone Number 01216752775
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 393 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.2
Local Authority Birmingham
Percentage Free School Meals 45%
Percentage English is Not First Language 61.3%

Information about this school

George Dixon Primary School is larger than the average-sized primary school. There is a privately run before- and after-school childcare provider on site. This is subject to a separate inspection at a different time. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils at the school is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above the national average. More than 40 different languages are spoken in the school. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is above the national average. The school does not meet requirements on the publication of information about SEN, phonics, the use of the pupil premium and the primary school sport funding on its website. In 2016, the school met the government’s floor standards, which set out the minimum expectations for pupils’ progress and attainment by the end of Year 6. Since the previous inspection, the entire senior leadership team has changed.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Since the previous inspection, standards in reading, writing and mathematics have declined. Standards are now rising but pupils who recently left the school were not fully prepared for learning at secondary school. Until recently, leaders and governors have not done enough to challenge shortcomings in teaching and learning. Teaching has not been informed by reliable assessment. Consequently, pupils have gaps in their knowledge and understanding. Currently, some teaching is still not pitched at the right level. The support for least-able pupils varies in its effectiveness. Middle-ability pupils have a lot a ground to cover if they are to succeed in line with their potential. There is room for continued improvement in the early years so that children are better prepared for learning in Year 1. Some pupils miss too much school without good reason and this hinders their learning. Playground behaviour, while now improving, can be overly rough at times. The school has the following strengths School leaders have an accurate understanding of the school’s performance. They have already brought about improvements to teaching and learning. Staff are attentive to pupils’ welfare and act as positive role models. Physical education (PE) teaching is highly effective and motivates pupils to do their best in lots of ways. Pupils’ conduct in class is usually good. Good behaviour is rewarded and poor behaviour is not accepted. Procedures for keeping pupils safe at school are effective. Many of the most able pupils make good progress because they respond well to the higher expectations of current teaching.