John Willmott School


Name John Willmott School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 04 December 2018
Address Reddicap Heath Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B75 7DY
Phone Number 01213781946
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 951 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.0
Academy Sponsor The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership
Percentage Free School Meals 25%
Percentage English is Not First Language 11.3%

Information about this school

The ATLP multi-academy trust is providing support and guidance to the school. The school is an average-sized secondary school with sixth-form provision. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is well above average and the proportion of pupils with SEND is above average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as their first language is average. A small number of pupils attend full-time alternative provision at St George’s, Albion Foundation and East Birmingham Network Academy 2.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Leaders and governors have been too slow to address falling standards. As a result, pupils do not achieve as well as they could. Current improvements are leading to better teaching and progress. Initiatives are not yet fully embedded to aid consistency of practice. Disadvantaged pupils do not make the progress of which they are capable. This is because : plans to improve their progress are not good enough. Leaders’ evaluation of their actions and spending lack sufficient scrutiny. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is not enabling pupils of middle and high ability to make good progress. Where teaching is improving, for example in Year 7, pupils’ basic skills are developing well. Teachers do not have consistently high enough expectations of pupils. Consequently, too many pupils are not confident learners and many do not attain the standards of which they are capable. The leadership of the curriculum has not been effective in supporting good outcomes. Although exclusion rates are falling slowly, leaders are not ensuring that pupils self-regulate their behaviour. At times, behaviour is too boisterous and low-level disruption hinders other pupils’ learning. Despite some marginal improvements in attendance, too many pupils do not attend regularly. Too high a proportion are persistently absent. These absences have a detrimental impact on pupils’ achievement and involvement in school life. While some subjects in the sixth form, including mathematics, business studies and chemistry, secure positive outcomes, overall achievement is too variable. Not all students in the past followed the correct courses. The school has the following strengths The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) multi-academy trust’s support ensures that foundations for improvement are in place. Less-able pupils make good progress. The headteacher is unwavering in her commitment to improve the school. Her work in addressing serious staffing and financial difficulties has been successful. Pupils feel safe at school.