Yardley Primary School


Name Yardley Primary School
Website http://www.yardleyschool.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 13 February 2014
Address Harvey Road, Yardley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B26 1TD
Phone Number 01214643235
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 839 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.8
Percentage Free School Meals 20.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 30.5%

Information about this school

The school is much larger than the average primary school. The proportion of pupils eligible for support through the pupil premium is above the national average. (The pupil premium gives the school additional funding for pupils who are eligible for free school meals, children who are looked after by the local authority, and children with a parent in the armed services.) The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average, but the proportion supported at school action plus or through a statement of special educational needs is broadly average. About two thirds of the pupils come from minority ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The current headteacher and deputy headteacher both took up their posts in January 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ achievement has improved since the previous inspection. Pupils make good progress throughout the school, reflecting the good teaching they receive. Pupils enter the school with skills that are below those expected for their age. They leave Year 6 with standards that are similar to national averages. In 2013, standards in reading were well above average. Teachers plan work that is a good fit to pupils starting points and they use questions well to check their understanding and to challenge their thinking. Teaching in the Reception classes is good and often outstanding, resulting in children making rapid progress. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. Pupils are keen to learn, respond well to teachers and want each other to succeed in their learning. They are proud of their school and take care to keep their work neat and tidy. The school does an outstanding job of keeping its pupils safe. There is almost no bullying and pupils are taught how to recognise risk and take an active role in keeping themselves and others safe. The headteacher, the senior leadership team and the governing body provide strong and determined leadership that has the continuous improvement of teaching and learning at its core. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers do not always check that the challenges and tasks set as part of their marking are carried out. The most-able pupils do not always make the progress of which they are capable, because : the work set for them in some lessons is too easy.