While it might have ranked among the best primary schools in Solihull according to The Real Schools Guide, its teachers just can’t shake their Ofsted Grade. Peterbrook Primary School is among just 13 schools and colleges requiring improvement in the area out of a total of 101.
The Shirley primary school is also one of only two that has been inspected in Solihull in 2022. But while Castle Bromwich Infant and Nursery School was awarded a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating, Peterbook has been unable to increase the score it was handed in 2018.
This time around, inspectors said that while behaviour, attitudes and personal development were good at the Shirley school, its quality of education, leadership and early years provision required improvement.
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It was inspected on February 8 and 9 and Ofsted found pupils were proud to attend the school. It was described as warm and caring where children felt happy and safe.
But while the report found there had been some improvements – namely through leaders starting to develop the curriculum – some teachers were “not always clear about the important things they need to teach”.
“Leaders do not check regularly enough that effective learning is taking place in lessons,” the report read. “This means that not all pupils are learning as well as they could, including in reading.”
The report said pupils understood different types of bullying and were willing to talk to their teachers about it. The school management was also praised for enduring pupils enjoyed a wide range of activities.
The document added that leaders had made reading a priority with pupils given daily reading and phonics lessons from the moment they started at the school. Children were also encouraged to read at home.
The report went on: “Developing provision in the early years has been a school priority. The leader and staff have created well-organised and welcoming learning areas, which help children to develop their skills and knowledge.
“The early years leader has started to develop the curriculum, but this does not yet contain the detail about what staff should teach, when or how. This means that staff are not always clear about what they expect children to know and remember. “
The report stated that management identified the needs of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities well with most pupils with SEND receiving extra support. Pupils were also found to behave well with arrangements for safeguarding effective. Inspectors praised leaders for knowing their community well.
The report ended with things the school needed to improve on. It said senior leaders needed to ensure staff were trained and well prepared.
It ended: “Some curriculum leaders do not yet have the skills or expertise to carry out their role effectively. This means that they do not have a complete overview of their subject from the early years to Year 6.
“The curriculum in some subjects, including early reading, is not sufficiently well planned and sequenced through the key stages. This means that teachers do not plan lessons that connect to prior learning. Leaders should ensure that curriculum planning sets out the essential knowledge that pupils are expected to learn, from early years to Year 6.
“Some teachers do not have the confidence or expertise to teach the curriculum well. This means that some pupils do not make the progress they should. This includes pupils with SEND. Leaders should ensure that all staff receive the training they need to deliver well all the subjects that they teach.”
Read the full inspection here.
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