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Pupils making "strong progress" at Good rated school

Pupils are making "strong progress" at a Wolverhampton school which has been rated Good by Ofsted.

Inspector Martin Pye visited Bushbury Hill Primary School earlier this month and found it to be a "well led and an orderly place in which to work and learn". He said the leadership team are "organised and systematic" in their approach to school management, welfare matters, teaching, learning and school improvement.

As a result, staff and pupils "understand expectations, feel valued and know that they are expected to work hard and support one another".

Ofsted found that children make good progress in early years, and the proportion of children reaching a good level of development at the end of Reception continues to rise.

This progress continues into Key Stage 1 with inspectors saying that recent attention to phonics teaching has helped improve pupils' reading and writing skills. The proportion of pupils reaching the expected standard for their age in the Year 1 phonic screening check has been above the national average for the past 3 years, which Ofsted called a "commendable achievement".

As a result of "a whole school effort to improve teaching and raise standards" academic standards in reading, writing and mathematics at Bushbury Hill have risen since the school's last inspection in 2014, with "strong progress" noted in the proportion of pupils reaching or exceeding the expected standards at the end of Year 6.

Inspectors particularly highlighted the school wide Wicked Write sessions, which happen every Friday and encourage pupils to write independently and at length to practice their writing skills.

Safeguarding is effective and pupils' behaviour is managed very well in school, with children treating others with respect and responding very positively to the school's well organised system of rewards and consequences.

Lessons run smoothly without disruption and pupils play happily together on the playground, and if pupils have any problems or worries, an adult in school is always on hand to listen and help.

Governance has strengthened considerably over the last 12 months. Governors are "attentive", receive appropriate training and have the relevant expertise. They are very open about their ambition for the school to improve further but, equally, are proud of its successes to date.

Parents said they welcomed the extra activities and support that the school provides, such as the popular breakfast club and free PE kit.

Headteacher Kay Mason said: "School improvement at Bushbury is a constantly evolving process and one that we take very seriously. We will continue to build on the successes that we have had over the last 5 years and we will continue to focus on the quality of teaching and learning so that every child can be the best that they can be.

"I would like to thank parents for supporting their children and us as a school through the journey of school improvement, and all the staff and Governors at Bushbury for the amazing job that they do every day.

"It continues to be a huge privilege to be the headteacher of Bushbury Hill Primary School and to serve all of the children who deserve the very best."

Councillor Lynne Moran, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "It's great to see that strong progress is being made at Bushbury Hill Primary School and I would like to congratulate Kay Mason and everyone connected with the school on this achievement."

The short inspection on 3 October was the first since Bushbury Hill Primary School was rated Good by Ofsted in 2014.

Some 90% of schools in Wolverhampton are now rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted, the highest ever. To find out more about education in Wolverhampton, please visit  Education & schools.

  • released: Tuesday 23 October, 2018