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King Charles Primary School

King Charles Primary School
Wilkes Avenue
West Midlands

phone: 01922 721368

head of school: Miss Kate Magner Ba Hons Qts Npqh


school holidays: via Walsall council

308 pupils aged 2—10y mixed gender
315 pupils capacity: 98% full

165 boys 54%

≤ 234a134b54c105y236y237y288y159y1010y15

140 girls 45%

≤ 264a84b44c75y236y257y158y139y1210y9

Last updated: June 18, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 398787, Northing: 298904
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 52.588, Longitude: -2.0193
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
May 20, 2014
Region › Const. › Ward
West Midlands › Walsall South › Bentley and Darlaston North
Urban > 10k - less sparse
SEN priorities
BESD - Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulty
Special classes
Has Special Classes
Free school meals %

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2 October 2014
Rod Dickson, Principal, and Kate Magner, Head of School
King Charles Primary School
Wilkes Avenue
Dear Mr Dickson and Miss Magner

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to King Charles
Primary School

Following my visit to your school on 1 October, 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:

focus monitoring activities more acutely on the achievement of specific

groups of pupils, including the more able

ensure marking leads to equally rapid progress for all groups of pupils in

all classes.


During the inspection, meetings were held with: the Principal and the head of
school; senior leaders; and the Chair and two other members of the governing body
to discuss the action taken since the last inspection. A telephone conversation was
held with a representative of the local authority. The school action plan was
evaluated and other documents examined. A short visit was made to each classroom
to look at the work in pupils’ books and talk to pupils about their learning.

Kings Orchard
One Queen Street
T 0300 123 1231
Text Phone: 0161 6188524
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Direct T 0117 311 5359
Email: reveal email: chri…


Since the last inspection, three teachers have left the school and four have joined.
An additional higher level teaching assistant has also been appointed.

Main findings

You and the head of school have continued to build upon the improvements noted at
the last inspection. You lead the school with passion and a commitment to give
every pupil the best possible chance to succeed while at the school. You have
worked hard to create a physical environment and a culture that pupils and their
families value. Pupils show pride in their school and in their work.
Following the inspection, you and the head of school drew up a detailed action plan,
supported by a helpful overview which serves to share key priorities with the whole
school community. The plan records the actions you and staff intend to take,
including how you will support teachers to improve their practice. It indicates how
you will judge if these actions are working. The plan includes key dates when you
will check if actions have been carried out. The plan does not show how you will
judge whether improvement is on track at key milestone points.
The quality of teaching is improving as a result of the effective training and support
you have provided for teachers. You have established a range of agreed common

approaches in teaching, such as procedures for marking pupils’ work and for

ensuring more able pupils are challenged more appropriately (known to pupils as the

‘Cheeky Challenge’). The impact of these strategies is beginning to show in pupils’

books. Teachers now regularly give a suggestion for how work can be improved
when marking. There are some examples of this having significant impact on pupils’
progress, such as requesting pupils to instantly complete a short task to practise a
skill. In the very best examples, pupils’ books indicate that the teacher checks
whether the pupil is using the new skill in subsequent work. This exemplary practice
is not consistent in all classes. Some teachers mark work well for more able pupils,
but struggle to do so for those who find learning more difficult. In some books seen,
the suggestion was too general or did not require the pupil to make instant
improvement. Some comments invited only low-level responses, such as pupils’
initials or a smiley face. In these instances, although teachers have worked hard to

mark pupils’ work, the impact on learning is limited.

You and other leaders keep frequent checks on teaching and have an accurate view
of how it is improving. These checks have ensured teachers consistently follow the
agreed processes. However, leaders do not drill down deeply enough into the
impact of these processes on the achievement of individual pupils and different
groups of pupils, for example the more able. You have devised a strategy to increase
the skills of a wider group of leaders to enable them to contribute more effectively to

improving pupils’ achievement.

Since the last inspection, the refurbishment of the school library has been completed
and it has been stocked with a wider range of reading materials. You have also

increased older pupils’ access to structured reading books for those who need it. You
are listening to pupils’ views about these developments and have responded to their

The governing body has continued to build its capacity to evaluate the work of the
school and to hold you to account for its effectiveness. Governors share your
ambition for the school to become good and have a clear strategic vision beyond
that point. Governors regularly challenge you to demonstrate the impact of actions
and financial decisions taken. The governing body is reflective and actively seeks
advice to improve governors’ skills
Ofsted may carry out further visits and, where necessary, provide further support
and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection. At this inspection, it
was agreed that you will send HMI copies of your reports to the full governing body
and reports from external validation visits. It was also agreed that you would send

updated information about pupils’ achievement as you collect it.

External support

The local authority has rightly reduced the level of support and challenge as the
school demonstrates growing capacity to improve. The local authority will keep a
check on whether improvement is sustained and will take action as necessary to
ensure it continues. The Bentley Federation has added to the school’s capacity to
build upon improvements made to date and to achieve its longer-term aims for the

school’s contribution to the local community.

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

Children’s Services for Walsall.

Yours sincerely
Sandra Hayes

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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