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Catshill Middle School

Catshill Middle School
Meadow Road

phone: 01527 872431

headteacher: Mr Paul Essenhigh B.Ed(Hons). Npqh


school holidays: via Worcestershire council

250 pupils aged 9—12y mixed gender
360 pupils capacity: 69% full

130 boys 52%


120 girls 48%


Last updated: June 19, 2014

Middle Deemed Secondary — Community School

Education phase
Middle Deemed Secondary
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 395937, Northing: 273684
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 52.361, Longitude: -2.0611
Accepting pupils
9—13 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
May 21, 2014
Region › Const. › Ward
West Midlands › Bromsgrove › Catshill
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %
Learning provider ref #

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9 October 2014
Paul Essenhigh
Executive Headteacher
Catshill Middle School
Meadow Road
B61 0JW
Dear Mr Essenhigh

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Catshill Middle

Following my visit to your school on 8 October 2014, I write on behalf of Her

Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the

inspection findings. Thank you for the help you gave me and for the time you made
available to discuss the actions you are taking to improve the school since the most
recent section 5 inspection.
The visit was the first monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in May 2014. It was carried out
under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.
Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring
improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection. The school should take
further action to:

 make sure that all of the success criteria in the action plan are written

clearly so that progress can be easily evaluated

 develop further the opportunities for pupils to complete pieces of

extended writing

 continue to improve the quality of pupils’ writing skills, particularly in

relation to grammar, spelling and punctuation.


During the inspection, I met with you, the Head of School, the Chair of the
Governing Body and three other members, and a representative of the local
authority to discuss the action taken since the last inspection. I also evaluated the

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school’s action plan. Together, we made short visits to a number of classrooms and I
reviewed documentation related to various aspects of the school’s work.


Since the section 5 inspection, a new assistant headteacher joined the school in
September to replace a colleague who retired at the end of term. A teacher of
mathematics also started this term. Currently, the Head of School is also leading on
the teaching of English and you are seeking a permanent appointment to this
leadership role.

Main findings

You and your team have taken quick and decisive action to tackle the areas
identified at the section 5 inspection. A good action plan has been written that
focuses on what needs to happen. The role that governors have in monitoring the
progress of the school is incorporated well into the plan. We discussed the need to
sharpen some of the success criteria in the plan so that planned actions can be
easily measured for impact.

The school’s evidence shows that improvements to the quality of teaching are

beginning to bear fruit. In my short visit to classrooms I could see that the quality of
written feedback to pupils has improved in some year groups and for some subjects.

I saw particularly strong marking in some English books. However, your records and

my observations highlight that there is still work to do to make sure that this
effective practice is consistent across the school. You are tackling weak teaching by
a combination of sensible whole-school and individual training for teachers, and the

school’s performance management systems. The Head of School has identified

opportunities for more extended writing across the curriculum and is compiling good
evidence of what is working well and where gaps exist.
The 2014 Key Stage 2 results highlighted concerns about the current Year 7 pupils’
progress in mathematics and reading. These pupils have been at your school for only
two of the four years of the key stage. Similarly, the test results showed that these
pupils did not do well in the grammar, punctuation and spelling test. The school’s

data also shows that the development of pupils’ writing skills across the year groups

is a high priority. You and your team are addressing these weaknesses through
additional support for pupils and more specific training for teachers.
Leaders have worked closely with the local high school to standardise the level of

pupils’ skills by the end of Year 8. Your records show that the pupils who left in the

summer of 2014 made more progress, particularly in English, than was the case for
previous year groups.
Already this term you have increased the levels of accountability for middle leaders.
This is to make sure that these leaders are improving the quality of teaching and

pupils’ learning in the subjects for which they are responsible. Senior leaders are

also reinforcing with teachers the importance of considering the impact of their work
over time.

Governors are intrinsically involved in the monitoring and evaluation of the school’s

work and are gathering more first-hand evidence to help them with this. They
continue to provide good challenge to senior leaders.
Ofsted may carry out further visits and, where necessary, provide further support
and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection.

External support

The local authority is providing a high level of support that is focused on the key
areas for improvement and leaders describe this to be of good quality. There is

regular monitoring of the school’s progress. However, the minutes of these meetings

are not consistently evaluative.

I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body and the Director of

Children’s Services for Worcestershire local authority.

Yours sincerely
James McNeillie

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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