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"Good" school is delivering further significant improvements

A Wolverhampton junior school is delivering further "significant improvements in teaching and outcomes" for its pupils, says Ofsted.

Inspectors visited Christ Church CE Junior School in Tettenhall Wood last month, and found effectiveness to be “Good” across the board.
Christ Church CE Junior School celebrating success

Inspectors visited Christ Church CE Junior School in Tettenhall Wood last month, and found effectiveness to be "Good" across the board.

Headteacher Sarah Blower and her senior leaders and governors "provide clear vision and direction", and their strong leadership is appreciated by pupils, parents and staff alike.

With the support of governors and the City of Wolverhampton Council, the school's leadership team has taken decisive action to secure "significant improvements in teaching and outcomes".

They also set clear vision and direction and have high aspirations for staff and pupils, and as a result the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good with pupils making "strong progress" in reading, writing and mathematics across the school.

Teachers know their pupils "very well" and the pupils themselves are "attentive, hard-working and eager to learn". The school, with support from the council, conducts "extensive and rigorously moderated assessments" of pupils' attainment and so is quick to identify and support any pupils at risk of falling behind.

Pupils enjoy a wide range of experiences thanks to the school's broad curriculum, and enjoy events and trips such as visits to Wolverhampton Art Gallery, the National Space Centre and local places of worship.

Attendance is above the national average and leaders have a "coherent and successful strategy" to address issues around non attendance. One parent "expressed the views of many" when they commented: 'The ethos of the school makes it an excellent place for children to learn in a safe and caring environment'.

Mrs Blower said: "The whole team at Christ Church CE Junior School consistently strive for the very best outcomes for our pupils. Consequently this is the third Ofsted inspection in succession where the school has been graded as Good.

"We are moving towards Outstanding in many areas of the inspection framework and are very pleased that the hard work and success of the school has been recognised."

Councillor Claire Darke, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "This is a positive report which recognises the significant improvements which have been made at Christ Church CE Junior School over the last couple of years.

"I would like to pay tribute to headteacher Sarah Blower and her staff for the excellent leadership, vision and direction they have brought to their school, and to the governors, pupils and parents whose efforts have helped achieve this success.

"I would also like to thank colleagues from the council's education team who have worked closely with Christ Church CE Junior School and supported it to deliver improved outcomes for pupils."

Some 89% of schools in Wolverhampton are now rated either Good or Outstanding by Ofsted, the highest ever.

  • released: Friday 19 January, 2018