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School shows improvement towards Outstanding in inspection

A Good rated Wolverhampton school has "demonstrated strong practice and marked improvement" according to Ofsted - with inspectors recommending a return visit to see if it has become Outstanding.

Amanda Clugston carried out a short inspection of Spring Vale Primary School recently and found that Headteacher Chris Blunt, his staff and governors have "created a rich and extremely positive learning environment" which is highly valued by pupils, parents and carers.

She found the school is "unwavering" in its intentions to give pupils the skills and knowledge they need to be ready to achieve and, as a result, children "develop a positive attitude... are ready to learn and are very well prepared for the next stage in their learning".

The school's leadership team value support and guidance from others, working particularly closely with City of Wolverhampton Council, and this has led to significant improvements since it was judged to be Good at its last full inspection in 2014.

Teaching is very well focused on the needs of pupils which means they "make strong progress", and staff have created a highly inclusive school which celebrates diversity, with the Spring Vale motto of Together Everyone Achieving More fitting well with the school's ethos.

Parents described leadership at Spring Vale as "fantastic", commending the work the teachers do with children and the improvements which are being made within the school.

Pupil behaviour is very good both in and outside of lessons. They are respectful to one another and attentive to adults who support them. Ofsted found safeguarding to be effective, with the leadership team having developed a positive culture in which safeguarding is central to the school's work.

Based on her findings Mrs Clugston concluded that Spring Vale may have "improved significantly overall" since 2014 and has recommended that the school is subject to a full inspection next time around.

Mr Blunt said: "We are delighted with our Ofsted outcomes, particularly as the report talks about maintaining a good quality of education and demonstrating strong practice and marked improvement in specific areas, indicating that the school has improved significantly overall. We look forward to Ofsted returning in the near future for a full inspection."

Councillor Lynne Moran, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "I would like to congratulate everyone at Spring Vale Primary School on this excellent inspection report.

"Mr Blunt and his team are working hard for their pupils and I am pleased that the school is making significant improvements which suggest it may become Outstanding in the not too distant future."

  • released: Friday 19 October, 2018