John Shelton Community Primary School

Name John Shelton Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 23 June 2015
Address Briscoe Road, Holbrooks, Coventry, West Midlands, CV6 4JP
Phone Number 02476686063
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 232 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.2
Percentage Free School Meals 19.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 34.1%

Information about this school

John Shelton Primary is smaller than the average-sized primary school. There is one class in the Nursery, and children attend for the morning only. There is one class in Reception and all Reception children attend full-time. There is one class for each year group in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. More pupils than is the case nationally join the school at other than the usual time. Over half of pupils are from a minority ethnic heritage, the remainder being of White British heritage. More pupils than average speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above average. The proportion of pupils who are supported by the pupil premium (the additional funding allocated by the government which, in this school, is used to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those looked after by the local authority) is well above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set out the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. In April 2014, a new assistant headteacher was appointed. In September 2014, a new coordinator for mathematics, and three new teachers, including two newly qualified teachers were appointed. The school is working closely with the ‘Building Futures’ school alliance to improve the quality of teaching and raise pupils’ achievement.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils achieve well. They make good progress from low starting points so that, by the end of Year 6, they reach average standards in reading, writing and mathematics. Senior leaders and governors are highly ambitious for the school. Their recent actions have ensured that both achievement and teaching are good and improving. Children make a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage, where they thrive and rapidly develop new skills and knowledge. Pupils continue to achieve well in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Their progress in reading, writing and mathematics is good. The school has worked remarkably well with parents to improve pupils’ attendance; attendance is now above the national average and rising. The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well. There is a strong sense of community throughout the school, which pupils, parents and staff are proud of and happy to share. The curriculum is rich and diverse, and makes a significant contribution towards the development of pupil’s skills, knowledge and understanding. Pupils’ behaviour is good. Adults’ expectations of pupils’ attitudes to learning and behaviour are high. Relationships are very good. There are strong levels of trust and respect between the pupils themselves and towards adults. Pupils are kept completely safe in this inclusive and harmonious school. They are usually eager to learn, are very proud of their school. Parents value the friendly environment in which their children learn well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The work teachers set for middle ability pupils in mathematics does not always challenge them sufficiently or hold their interest. Pupils in some classes are not always clear about what they could achieve because the targets set by a few teachers are not always clear enough. Teachers’ marking does not always guide pupils towards better standards. Pupils do not always take sufficient notice of their teachers’ comments or use them to improve their work.