Wyre Forest primary school praised by Ofsted

Ofsted inspectors have praised a Wyre Forest village school for ensuring pupils are “well prepared” for the next stage of their education.

Wolverley Sebright Primary Academy headteacher Shelley Reeves-Walters and pupils celebrating Ofsted success
Wolverley Sebright Primary Academy headteacher Shelley Reeves-Walters and pupils celebrating Ofsted success

They found that almost all pupils at Wolverley Sebright Primary Academy, including those with special needs, are fluent readers by year three and agreed the school should continue to be rated “good”.

Children begin learning phonics in Reception Year and inspectors said the atmosphere in lessons, especially in years five and six was “mature and scholarly”.

They found a culture where pupils behave well, achieve well and engage enthusiastically in learning, where pupils display positive attitudes, look after one another and have a range of leadership opportunities.

Inspectors said most subject leaders have identified the key knowledge, vocabulary and skills they expect pupils to know and remember and the curriculum is taught well. Staff use misconceptions – referred to as ‘marvellous mistakes’ – as an opportunity to deepen pupils’ knowledge by looking closely at what went wrong and why.

Headteacher Shelley Reeves-Walters said: “It was a pleasure to show the inspectors all the great work that goes on in our school and to receive such positive feedback from them, as we journey forward and in the wake of the challenges caused by the pandemic."

The school is a member of the Severn Academies Educational Trust, and its chief executive, Chris King, added: “Our mantra is Growing Brilliance and I am delighted the inspectors were able to see so clearly how well our children at Wolverley Sebright are prepared for the next stage of their learning.”

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