Manor Primary School
phone: 01827 475200
headteacher: Mr Richard Lane Bsc Hons
105 pupils capacity: 106% full
55 boys 50%
55 girls 50%
Last updated: June 20, 2014
Primary — Foundation School
- Education phase
- Establishment type
- Foundation School
- Establishment #
- OSGB coordinates
- Easting: 419359, Northing: 300176
- GPS coordinates
- Latitude: 52.599, Longitude: -1.7156
- Accepting pupils
- 3—11 years old
- Census date
- Jan. 16, 2014
- Ofsted last inspection
- March 2, 2010
- Region › Const. › Ward
- West Midlands › Tamworth › Bourne Vale
- Village - less sparse
- Trust school
- Is supported by a Trust
- Tame Valley Co-Operative Learning Trust
- 1.1 mile Millfield Primary School B783RQ (407 pupils)
- 1.3 mile Dosthill Primary School B771LQ (658 pupils)
- 1.4 mile Longwood Primary School B783NH (140 pupils)
- 1.6 mile Middleton First School B782AN
- 1.7 mile Two Gates Community Primary School B771EN (328 pupils)
- 1.7 mile Parkfield Infant School B771HB
- 2 miles Hanbury's Farm Community Primary School B772LD (198 pupils)
- 2.1 miles Birds Bush Primary School B772NE (335 pupils)
- 2.1 miles St Gabriel's Catholic Primary School B772LF (369 pupils)
- 2.1 miles Wilnecote High School B775LF
- 2.1 miles Wilnecote High School B775LF (864 pupils)
- 2.2 miles Wilnecote Junior School B775LA (238 pupils)
- 2.2 miles Heathfields Infant School B775LU (222 pupils)
- 2.2 miles Kettlebrook Infant School B771AS
- 2.3 miles Belgrave High School B772NE
- 2.3 miles Kettlebrook Pupil Referral Unit B771AL (35 pupils)
- 2.3 miles Tamworth Enterprise College and AET Academy B772NE (903 pupils)
- 2.4 miles Tamworth Early Years Centre B772AH
- 2.5 miles Lakeside Primary School B772SA (226 pupils)
- 2.5 miles William Macgregor Primary School B772AF (198 pupils)
- 2.5 miles Two Rivers High School B772HJ (166 pupils)
- 2.5 miles Kingsbury Infant School B782HW
- 2.5 miles Kingsbury Junior School B782HW
- 2.5 miles Macgregor Junior School B772AF
Manor Primary School
Drayton Lane, Drayton Bassett, Tamworth, B78 3TX
|Inspection dates||5–6 February 2015|
|Overall effectiveness||This inspection:||Good||2|
|Leadership and management||Good||2|
|Behaviour and safety of pupils||Good||2|
|Quality of teaching||Good||2|
|Achievement of pupils||Good||2|
|Early years provision||Good||2|
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school.
It is not yet an outstanding school because
| Leaders rigorously monitor teaching and learning, |
Governors use their skills well to check the
Teachers show high expectations of pupils’ work
and use the results well to plan for continuous
development. They have been successful in
improving teaching and achievement for pupils
across a wide range of ability.
school’s work and to hold leaders to account for
pupils’ achievement. They use all available money
carefully to ensure that pupils’ learning continues
and behaviour, and plan and teach exciting topics
that inspire and motivate pupils of all abilities to
do their best.
| Pupils’ good behaviour and attitudes to their work |
Pupils say that they feel safe because everyone
Pupils, parents, staff and governors greatly value
Parents are welcomed as partners in their children’s
make a strong contribution to their achievement.
They concentrate and work hard so that they make
respects and cares for each other. Relationships at
all levels are happy and purposeful, and support
the school as the heart of the village, and the
positive contribution it makes to the community.
learning, and most of those who expressed their
view are very pleased with the work of the school.
| The younger pupils do not always get enough |
Children’s writing in the early years is not always
writing practice in different subjects and topics.
recorded in a way that helps staff in planning
what they need to do next.
| Occasionally some pupils are not fully challenged |
Although pupils use their knowledge of the sounds
during lessons, particularly in mathematics.
letters make well to read, they are not as good at
using them in spelling.
Information about this inspection
- The inspector visited lessons, examined work in books, attended an assembly, and listened to pupils
- She observed behaviour in lessons and around the school, met with the school council and held informal
discussions with pupils in each year group.
- The inspector took account of a letter from a parent, the 21 responses to the online survey, Parent View,
as well as the school’s own survey of parents’ and pupils’ views. She spoke to a number of parents during
the inspection and also took account of 16 responses to the staff questionnaire.
- The inspector met with governors and leaders, including those responsible for special educational needs
and the early years. She spoke on the phone to a representative of the local authority and to the Chair of
the Governing Body.
- The inspector examined school documents, including those related to safeguarding, the school
improvement plan, information on pupils’ attainment and progress, and records of attendance and
|Lynne Bradbury, Lead inspector||Additional Inspector|
Information about this school
- The school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school.
- The early years department offers part-time nursery provision and a full-time reception class.
- The school is part of the Tame Valley Co-operative Learning Trust.
- The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium (additional funding for those
known to be eligible for free school meals or looked after by the local authority) is much lower than
- The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is higher than average.
- Most pupils are White British, and almost all speak English as their first language.
- The school encountered considerable difficulties with staff absence over the last 18 months, but there is
generally a more settled picture now.
- The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for
pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.
What does the school need to do to improve further?
- Accelerate pupils’ progress, particularly in the lower age groups, by:
ensuring that pupils across the wide range of ability in classes are consistently stretched, particularly
through problem-solving in mathematics
giving pupils plenty of writing practice, including applying their grammar and punctuation skills in longer
pieces of writing or in other subjects
ensuring that the good work in phonics is developed into secure knowledge of spelling patterns,
particularly in frequently used words
recording children’s early written work in a way that helps staff to plan further learning.
|The leadership and management||are good|
- The headteacher was appointed at the beginning of the summer term 2014 and, with the assistant
headteacher, has established a determined drive for school improvement which is shared by all leaders,
staff, governors and pupils. This is having a positive impact on teaching and achievement, and behaviour.
- Leaders, including the governors, use data on pupils’ performance well to identify key strengths and
appropriate areas for improvement, and develop well-focused plans to address these areas supported
through the school’s budget. For example, they have established a range of support, including a nurture
group, to help pupils at risk of falling behind in their work. They then carefully monitor the impact of these
measures on raising achievement.
- Leaders measure teachers’ performance rigorously against pupils’ achievement, set appropriate targets to
improve progress, and then provide effective training to develop their skills and knowledge. Regular
meetings with staff enable leaders to monitor progress against these targets.
- Some subject leaders are new to their posts. Even so, they are developing their skills rapidly and this is
having a positive impact upon pupils’ achievement.
- Parents are welcomed into school to share in assemblies and the many topics undertaken. Most who
spoke with the inspector were highly appreciative of the school’s work and its contribution to the local
community. They like the caring and intimate ethos of the small school where, they believe, staff and
pupils know each other well and take great care of each other. They say that their children develop
confidence and a sense of value. One said that the school ‘dragged the best’ from an initially reluctant
child by offering exciting experiences in sport and various topics, which motivated them to learn.
- Leaders and governors make sure that the school’s safeguarding policies keep pupils safe because they
are followed rigorously. They meet all national requirements.
- The school’s commitment to equal opportunities is reflected in the good progress made by pupils of all
abilities and backgrounds. It does not tolerate any form of discrimination. A parent was very keen to tell
the inspector that children from all cultures are shown great respect, and their backgrounds are
- The pupil premium is spent effectively on a nurture group, one-to-one tuition, a precision teaching group
at breakfast time, and small group support for disadvantaged pupils. This has raised their achievement. It
also subsidises visits, clubs, sports, music and dance opportunities.
- The primary school sports funding has been spent effectively to extend the range of sports experiences
and to provide opportunities for high-quality coaching with a local group of schools. Staff skills have also
been further developed through working with the coaches.
- The school offers a wide range of subjects through exciting topics. Visits, visitors and working with parents
help pupils to see the links between the skills they are developing. They apply their reading skills well
through research into their topics, but do not get such good opportunities in writing and mathematics.
- Pupils develop their understanding of British values and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural
awareness by taking on responsibility for younger pupils, voting for team captains, and having discussions
about events in the world. During the inspection, pupils in Years 3 and 4 and children in the early years
were exploring the topic of dinosaurs, and there were moments of excitement, awe and wonder as they
followed trails leading to the ‘dinosaurs’ nest’, and found the newly-laid egg.
- Pupils learn about other faiths and cultures and show great respect for everyone. They visited a Hindu
temple and followed this by learning about the Hindu faith.
- The local authority has given effective support in raising pupils’ achievement. Particular work has focused
upon the early years, assessment and planning. Other schools in the trust help to check the accuracy of
assessment judgements and provide support for subject leadership. This has enabled staff to develop their
skills in these areas, and this has been effective in accelerating progress.
- The governance of the school:
Governors play an effective role. They undertake regular training so that they can, for example,
understand data on pupils’ performance and identify strengths and weaknesses. This then informs their
development planning and the use of the school’s budget.
The governors manage the school’s finances well. They make sure additional funding, such as the pupil
premium, is spent on the eligible pupils it is intended to support, and monitor the effectiveness of this
Governors gain good first-hand knowledge of the effectiveness of teaching and learning, particularly
through their visits, and hold staff and leaders accountable. They judge staff effectiveness against
pupils’ achievement, and make judgements about staff pay and career progression in the same way.
|The behaviour and safety of pupils||are good|
- The behaviour of pupils is good. They behave well in lessons, around the school and on the playground.
Their good attitudes and desire to learn make a strong contribution to the progress they make. They are
polite and courteous to everyone in the school community.
- Pupils concentrate and persevere with their work. They collaborate well when given the opportunity, but
are also able to work sensibly on their own. Records show very few incidents of poor behaviour and
appropriate responses from staff when these happen.
- Pupils enjoy the responsibilities they have around the school, including taking care of younger pupils, and
show great enjoyment of the rewards they receive for their work and behaviour. They are pleased that
pupils who struggle at times are also rewarded for their effort and improvement. The school places great
value on each pupil for the qualities that he or she brings to the community. It rewards high standards
and great effort equally.
- The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is good. Pupils say that they feel safe and know that
staff and other pupils care for them. They talk about lessons and assemblies that help them to understand
dangers around them, from roads, strangers and technology like mobile phones and the internet. Pupils
are able to analyse situations and know how they should react in order to keep themselves and others
- The school site is secure and carefully monitored. All necessary checks are carried out on visitors and
before appointing new staff.
- Pupils said that bullying is very rare, and dealt with very quickly if it happens. They learn about the various
kinds of bullying including any to do with new technologies. Pupils say that everyone respects each other
too much to allow racism to happen. Any kind of derogatory name-calling is dealt with effectively.
- A club at breakfast time offers extra tuition for groups of pupils, and there is a wide range of clubs and
activities outside school time. These are very well attended and highly valued by pupils and parents.
- Attendance is above average and staff respond very quickly if they have any concerns about a pupil.
|The quality of teaching||is good|
- Effective teaching ensures that pupils make good progress in all subjects. Staff show that they have high
expectations of learning and behaviour, and pupils respond well.
- Relationships between staff and pupils are warm and support good progress. The use of praise and
rewards helps pupils to focus on their individual learning targets and they show a desire to please and to
succeed. Any pupils who experience difficulties settling in class receive extra support, including through
the nurture group.
- Teachers make it clear what the focus of learning will be for each lesson. They provide helpful
demonstrations and share success criteria so that pupils know what good work will look like. Staff ask
probing questions in order to deepen pupils’ understanding, give extra support, or to stretch them further.
- Phonics is taught well so that pupils progress confidently into reading and make good progress. Currently
pupils do not use their phonics knowledge as well to spell frequently used words.
- Staff encourage pupils to use their reading skills as they research exciting topics through which different
subjects are taught. Pupils enjoy visits and visitors, and learning about topics like the Vikings, the Tudors,
Chocolate and Brazilian football. Currently pupils in the younger age groups do not have sufficient
opportunities to practise their mathematical or writing skills through these topics, for example by using the
punctuation and grammar they have learned in writing longer pieces of work.
- ‘Guided reading’ is taught well across the school, and pupils engage with their books with great purpose
and enthusiasm. In the Year 3 and 4 class, teachers support pupils’ understanding by setting mathematics
challenges which need to be interpreted in their guided reading sessions, and pupils clearly enjoy this.
- Skills in mathematics are taught well with daily practice of number work in all age groups. As these skills
are applied in problem-solving, there is not yet enough work that stretches pupils of all abilities
appropriately, particularly within the lower age groups.
- Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs receive good help and guidance during
lessons and in extra support groups. Teaching assistants are generally skilled and make a valuable
contribution. As a result many of these pupils no longer need extra help as they get into the older age
- Staff assess pupils’ work and track their progress carefully, so that any pupils at risk of underachieving are
identified and supported.
|The achievement of pupils||is good|
- The small size of each year group means that children’s attainment on entry to school can vary
considerably year by year. This also makes it inappropriate to measure their results at the end of Year 6
against national averages. However, data show that pupils in all ability groups left in 2014 having made
- In the 2014 Year 1 check on skills in phonics (letters and the sounds they make) pupils’ results were
slightly above those seen nationally.
- At the end of Year 2 in 2014, pupils’ standards generally reflected good progress from their individual
- As pupils move through the school they learn to read confidently and with a high level of understanding.
They show considerable enjoyment in their reading and share their favourite books and authors
enthusiastically. They can identify themes and the writing techniques authors use to build excitement or
- The small number of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs are well supported and
make good progress. Many of the disadvantaged pupils are also in this group. Given the very small
number in Year 6 in 2014, it is not appropriate to comment on their attainment in reading, writing and
mathematics without risk of identifying individuals. However, they make good progress that accelerates as
they move through the school.
- The school’s most-able pupils achieve well, particularly in writing. By Years 5 and 6, the quality of writing
produced by these pupils is exceptional, both in its content and in its technical accuracy.
|The early years provision||is good|
- The early years leader joined the school in September 2014. She very rapidly established effective
relationships with other schools in the trust in order to support her own development and that of the
department. This is at an early stage but is having a positive impact upon teaching and learning.
- Children make good progress in the early years, and are well prepared for Year 1. Those who joined the
school in September 2014 had skills and understanding in line with those typical for their age. The
proportion of children who entered Year 1 with a good level of development in 2014 was in line with the
national average, despite a significant proportion having disabilities or special educational needs.
- The quality of teaching is good. Staff organise exciting activities, both indoors and outdoors, related to
the topic children are studying. During the inspection, children showed moments of awe and great
excitement as they explored a dinosaur’s ‘nest’. They chose from activities designed to develop their
reading, writing and mathematics skills through this topic, and clearly enjoyed their learning.
- Children’s good behaviour and attitudes support their progress. They learn to respect each other, and to
work happily together or on their own. They come into school confidently and are eager to do their work.
They concentrate and persevere with their activities, and reception children help the younger nursery
- All safeguarding and welfare requirement are met. Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, and
they are well cared for. Parents are welcomed as partners in their children’s learning.
- Staff track children’s ‘learning journeys’ carefully through frequent and regular assessments of their
progress. They display children’s work carefully so they can take great pride in their achievements.
Currently, children’s written work is not kept sufficiently systematically to give staff the progress
information they need to plan the next steps in learning.
What inspection judgements mean
|Grade 1||Outstanding||An outstanding school is highly effective in delivering outcomes that |
provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs. This ensures that pupils
are very well equipped for the next stage of their education, training or
|Grade 2||Good||A good school is effective in delivering outcomes that provide well for all |
its pupils’ needs. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their
education, training or employment.
|Grade 3||Requires |
|A school that requires improvement is not yet a good school, but it is not |
inadequate. This school will receive a full inspection within 24 months
from the date of this inspection.
|Grade 4||Inadequate||A school that requires special measures is one where the school is failing |
to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the school’s
leaders, managers or governors have not demonstrated that they have
the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school. This
school will receive regular monitoring by Ofsted inspectors.
A school that has serious weaknesses is inadequate overall and requires
significant improvement but leadership and management are judged to
be Grade 3 or better. This school will receive regular monitoring by
|Unique reference number||124079|
This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.
|Type of school||Primary|
|Age range of pupils||3–11|
|Gender of pupils||Mixed|
|Number of pupils on the school roll||104|
|Appropriate authority||The governing body|
|Chair||Lady Jane Ackers|
|Date of previous school inspection||2–3 March 2010|
|Telephone number||01827 475200|
|Fax number||01827 475200|