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Claregate Primary School

Claregate Primary School
Chester Avenue
West Midlands

phone: 01902 558575

headteacher: Mr M Murphy

reveal email: clar…

school holidays: via Wolverhampton council

443 pupils aged 2—10y mixed gender
420 pupils capacity: 105% full

250 boys 56%

≤ 253y264a74b74c145y376y347y278y409y2810y26

190 girls 43%

≤ 253y194a54b114c95y226y267y258y189y2410y28

Last updated: June 18, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 389602, Northing: 301071
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 52.607, Longitude: -2.155
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Jan. 29, 2014
Region › Const. › Ward
West Midlands › Wolverhampton South West › Tettenhall Regis
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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2 March2015
Mick Murphy
Claregate Primary School
Chester Avenue
Dear Mr Murphy

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Claregate Primary

Following my visit to your school on 2 March 2015, I write on behalf of Her Majesty’s

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

my visit. 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 third monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in 29 January 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 those senior leaders who have responsibility for improving

teaching across the school have the necessary high-quality classroom practice
to provide a role model for others

 make sure all staff, particularly those in the Early Years Foundation Stage,

follow the school’s policies on teaching phonics and listening to children read

on a frequent basis.


During the visit, meetings were held with you, five governors, including the Chair
and Vice Chair of the Governing Body and a representative of the local authority.
The school improvement plan was evaluated. A range of documentation was
reviewed, including information about pupils’ achievement, governance and the

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school’s work to keep pupils’ safe. During this visit you and a representative

accompanied me on visits to all classrooms to review work in pupils’ books and
observe their learning in lessons.


Since my previous visit, three teachers have left the school.

Main findings

You have taken some important actions since my second monitoring visit and have:

 strengthened governance by recruiting new governors and restructuring the

governing body

 written a well-considered action plan with clear measurable outcomes
 improved teachers’ skills in using information about pupils’ achievement in

order to provide work which challenges pupils of different abilities

 trained subject leaders of reading, writing and mathematics in how make

judgements about teaching and learning based on first-hand evidence

 helped teachers develop the necessary skills to teach all aspects of reading

and writing with increasing effectiveness

 made sure that checks carried out on the effectiveness of teachers and

leaders are increasingly systematic with the evidence gathered feeding into a
better informed assessment of the school’s work.

The actions that have been taken since the my previous visit are now helping pupils,
particularly the least able and those known to be eligible for free school meals, to
make faster progress. Your own school information shows that an increasing
proportion of pupils are beginning to make better than expected progress and catch

–up with the progress made by their classmates.

The governing body has responded appropriately to the warning notice issued by the
local authority in response to the findings of my previous visit. Governors are
beginning to have a more detailed oversight of leaders’ and teachers’ performance,

and of pupils’ progress, including that of disadvantaged pupils. Governors have

increased their first-hand involvement in the school. They now participate in learning
walks and lesson observations and are increasingly able to hold the headteacher to
account. They are less secure in their understanding of the part other senior leaders

play in improving teaching and pupils’ achievement.

Pupils are beginning to read more widely and more regularly and have increasing
access to high-quality children’s literature. Reading areas in all classroom visited are
now inviting and treated with respect. Teachers are beginning to influence pupils’
wider reading choices more carefully. Consequently, pupils are developing reading
stamina and a growing love of reading. Actions taken to improve the teaching of
early reading are beginning to have an impact. You are rightly aware that some

inconsistencies remain and that there is reluctance on the part of some staff to
follow the agreed policy.
Those responsible for leading English and mathematics have made good
improvement since my previous visit. They have a good understanding of the
strengths and areas for development in their respective areas of responsibility. You
are aware that some senior leaders require intensive external support at both
classroom and leadership level in order for them to develop the necessary skills to
fulfil their teaching and leadership roles effectively. It is important that this support
is accepted, built on and followed up thoroughly and quickly by yourself and
The outcome of this visit will be discussed with the Regional Director and may have
an impact on the timing of the next section 5 inspection.

External support

The local authority officer has a good understanding of the school and provides a
good level of challenge to the leadership team. The current high level of support will
need to continue if the school is to become good. Quite rightly, the local authority
made full use of its statutory powers to secure rapid improvement in governance
and in the quality of education provided by the school. The local authority is aware
of the remaining weaknesses in some areas of leadership. Its officers are taking
appropriate steps in supporting the team through monthly visits to overcome the
difficulties quickly.

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

Children’s Services for Wolverhampton.

Yours sincerely
Jacqueline Wordsworth

Her Majesty’s Inspector

The letter should be copied to the following:

 Appropriate authority - Chair of the Governing Body
 Local authority

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