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West Bromwich school taken out of special measures after glowing Ofsted report

By Clare Butler | West Bromwich | Ofsted reports | Published:

A primary school has been praised for its 'determination and drive' after battling its way out of special measures.

Pupils Jaya Bhatt, Rebecca Henry, Te'Harie Samuels, and Royce Biju celebrate being named 'Good'

Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, in West Bromwich, was rated good in all aspects of its latest Ofsted report after it was rated inadequate in April last year.

Senior leaders were praised for having 'translated their vision' to pupils as well as their ambition for achieving the best for the Trinity Road South school.

Relationships between staff and pupils were also remarked upon.

The report stated: "Relationships between adults and children are very strong. Adults show genuine pleasure at children’s company. The calm approach taken by staff puts children at ease and enables them to flourish in a safe, secure atmosphere.

"As a result, children love coming to school and become happy, confident learners who are keen to talk to any adult about what they are doing.

It continued: "Pupils show well-developed social skills as a result of the way they are taught to collaborate and consider other points of view.

"The effective programme of support for teachers has increased their confidence in planning appropriate work according to pupils’ ages and aptitudes. As a result, standards have risen and continue to improve."

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Personal development, behaviour and welfare was also said to have been promoted well.

Jo Corbett, acting head teacher since January, said she was very proud.

She explained: "I think first of all determination, drive and tenacity that was commented on in the report has been backed up by a very strong teaching team and support staff. The local authority has been brilliant too. We have been looking at what our children need with the curriculum and implementing that too.

"We have had such a positive response and the children are delightful and very keen learners. Their attendance has gone up over the past few years and it continues to do so.

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"The next step will be achieving an Outstanding rating. We are very proud."

Following the school's 2016 Ofsted, the school was warned to have a 'rigorous focus' on continuously improving the quality of teaching, so that pupils made substantial and sustained progress throughout each year group.

All teachers were also asked to implement the agreed policies for teaching and learning to consistently high standards.

The school has around 446 pupils that come from a diverse range of ethnic backgrounds.

Clare Butler

By Clare Butler
Senior Reporter - @CButler_Star

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