Old Hill Primary School

Name Old Hill Primary School
Website http://www.oldhillprimaryschool.com/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 March 2015
Address Lawrence Lane, Cradley Heath, West Midlands, B64 6DR
Phone Number 01384569213
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 246 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.9
Local Authority Sandwell
Percentage Free School Meals 30%
Percentage English is Not First Language 17.1%
Persisitent Absence 16.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Old Hill is slightly smaller than the average-sized primary school. Children attend the Nursery provision part time in morning or afternoon sessions. They attend full-time in the Reception class. The large majority of pupils are White British. One in ten of the pupils are of Pakistani heritage. An average proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language. A slightly above-average proportion of pupils are disabled or have special educational needs. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged and receive support from the pupil premium, which is the additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those in local authority care, is well above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for the attainment and progress of pupils by the end of Year 6. A very small number of students in Key Stage 2 have recently taken up part-time placements at alternative provision run by West Bromwich Albion Football Club. The assistant headteacher joined the school in September 2013.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher and other senior leaders have improved the quality of teaching. As a result, standards in English and mathematics are improving rapidly at both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Governors have responded constructively to the review of governance and are now providing effective oversight of the school. Although many children join the early years with skills below those typical for their age, especially in language, good teaching means that they all make strong progress and leave ready for Key Stage 1. Disadvantaged pupils make good progress, enabling them to catch up with pupils nationally. Pupils behave well in lessons and outside. They take a pride in their work, and their books are consistently well presented. The school works tirelessly to engage all parents with their children’s learning. This has cut persistent absence and improved pupils’ commitment to their work. The school keeps its pupils safe. Staff ensure the well-being of those pupils who are vulnerable, and are resourceful in securing professional support from other agencies. Teaching is usually good and learning is well organised to ensure that pupils are set work that is sufficiently challenging. Marking consistently tells pupils how to improve their work. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The school has placed a heavy priority on English and mathematics. Teaching does not always develop knowledge and understanding sufficiently in other subjects. Pupils are not always challenged enough to think for themselves and deepen their understanding. Teaching assistants working with groups of pupils do not all have the skills to be fully effective in helping them to learn.