Old Park Primary School


Name Old Park Primary School
Website www.oldparkprimary.com/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 01 May 2013
Address Old Park Road, Wednesbury, West Midlands, WS10 9LX
Phone Number 01215262669
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 516 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.3
Local Authority Sandwell
Percentage Free School Meals 16%
Percentage English is Not First Language 15.9%
Persisitent Absence 7.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 13%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is much larger than the average primary school. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium (which provides additional funding for children in local authority care, those known to be eligible for free school meals and children from service families) is above average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic heritages is above average, as is the proportion at an early stage of learning English. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is above average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is just below average. All classes through the school are single-age classes. There are two classes in each age group. The school is part of the Wednesbury Learning Community Trust, consisting of 12 primary schools and three secondary schools. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The school is exceptionally well led and managed. The inspirational headteacher is strongly supported by an effective deputy, senior management team and by staff at every level in the school. The quality of teaching is outstanding and never less than good. Lessons are highly enjoyable and well planned, enabling pupils to flourish at their time in the school. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are outstanding. Relationships are a real strength. Pupils feel very safe and respect the staff, themselves and each other. From well-below age-related expectations when they start school, the proportion of pupils achieving the expected levels for their age by the end of Year 6 is above average in English and mathematics. The quality of the learning environment is superb. Displays are interactive, colourful and highly informative. Resources are of very good quality and are easily accessible to pupils, encouraging them to become independent learners. Throughout the school pupils are encouraged to believe in themselves and in their ability to succeed. The school provides pupils with an exceptionally caring and nurturing environment which is fully appreciated by parents. The governing body significantly contributes to the success of the school. Governors have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and areas for development. They are not afraid to ask challenging questions and hold the senior leaders to account.