|Name||Old Park Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||01 May 2013|
|Address||Old Park Road, Wednesbury, West Midlands, WS10 9LX|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||516 (54% boys 46% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||26.3|
|Percentage Free School Meals||16%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||15.9%|
|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.