|Name||Old Church Church of England C Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||01 April 2014|
|Address||School Street, Off Alma Street, Darlaston, Wednesbury, West Midlands, WS10 8DL|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||352 (49% boys 51% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||27.2|
|Percentage Free School Meals||27.6%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||12.2%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||13.6%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The large majority of pupils are White British with others from a range of different backgrounds. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium funding, which is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and other groups, is above average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below average, as is the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. A new headteacher took up her post in September 2012 and a new Chair of the Governing Body was appointed in November 2011. A new numeracy coordinator commenced in September 2013.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils’ progress has improved and it is now consistently good. Children enter the Nursery with skills and knowledge well below those expected for their age. They make good progress because : teachers focus on developing their skills with a range of fun activities which children enjoy. Teaching is consistently good. Teachers ensure lessons are interesting so pupils are engaged in learning. Pupils behave well around the school and in lessons. Their positive attitudes to learning support their good progress. Pupils take on a range of responsibilities including ‘happy helpers’ who are trained to support other pupils who need help. Pupils say that they feel safe in the school. Attendance has improved and is now broadly average. The headteacher’s high expectations, well supported by other leaders, managers and governors, have ensured that teaching and achievement have improved and are now good. Governance has improved. Governors are very supportive of the school and are now able to question and challenge in more detail to ensure continuous improvement. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Teaching is good rather than outstanding so pupils do not always make rapid progress. Marking in books does not always give pupils clear information about how to improve their work which is then followed up by teachers. Teachers occasionally do not have high enough expectations for the most able pupils or set them challenging work that will help them reach higher levels.