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New Invention Infant School

New Invention Infant School
Cannock Road
New Invention
West Midlands

01922 710871

Headteacher: Mrs Catherine Travis


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348 pupils aged 3—6y mixed gender
270 pupils capacity: 129% full

180 boys 52%


170 girls 49%


Last updated: June 18, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 397304, Northing: 301272
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 52.609, Longitude: -2.0412
Accepting pupils
3—7 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Jan. 30, 2007
Region › Const. › Ward
West Midlands › Walsall North › Willenhall North
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Investor in People
Committed IiP Status
Free school meals %

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Ofsted report transcript

Inspection Report

New Invention Infant School

104187Unique Reference Number
WalsallLocal Authority
286873Inspection number
30 January 2007Inspection date
Barbara CraneReporting inspector

This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.

Cannock RoadSchool addressInfantType of school
New InventionCommunitySchool category
Willenhall WV12 5SA

37Age range of pupils

01922 710871Telephone numberMixedGender of pupils
01922 491094Fax number333Number on roll (school)
Lyn StaffiereChairThe governing bodyAppropriate authority
Catherine TravisHeadteacher

3 December 2001Date of previous school


Inspection numberInspection dateAge group

28687330 January 200737

© Crown copyright 2007
This document may be reproduced in whole or in part for non-commercial educational purposes, provided that
the information quoted is reproduced without adaptation and the source and date of publication are stated.
Further copies of this report are obtainable from the school. Under the Education Act 2005, the school must
provide a copy of this report free of charge to certain categories of people. A charge not exceeding the full cost
of reproduction may be made for any other copies supplied.

Inspection Report: New Invention Infant School, 30 January 2007


The inspection was carried out by one Additional Inspector.

Description of the school

This is a large infant school with a Nursery. The take-up of free school meals is lower
than average even though the school serves an area in which some families face
challenging circumstances. Children's skills when they start school are slightly below

average and lower than this in language. About a sixth of the pupils are learning English

as an additional language and about half of these pupils are at an early stage of
acquiring English. There is a slightly below average proportion of pupils with learning
difficulties or disabilities.

Key for inspection grades

OutstandingGrade 1
GoodGrade 2
SatisfactoryGrade 3
InadequateGrade 4

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Overall effectiveness of the school

Grade: 1

This is an outstanding school. Parents rightly hold it in high regard and work very well
in partnership with the staff. Children flourish and their achievement is excellent
because the staff put them first. The Nursery and Reception children get a first-rate
start to their education. They are welcomed into a lively environment where they can
explore, use their initiative and test out what they have learned. Most go beyond the
goals in learning set for their age by the time they start in Year 1. Pupils in Years 1
and 2 are equally well prepared for the future, their achievement is outstanding and
standards are high by the time they leave the school. Pupils come in at the start of
the day eager to learn new things and to be with their friends. Their personal
development and well-being are outstanding as a result of the high quality care,
guidance and support provided by the staff. The pupils very capably put into practice
what they learn about keeping active, eating healthily and keeping safe. The staff
listen to pupils' views and ideas and act on them. Consequently, pupils make a
difference to their community and help it to improve.
There is outstanding teaching for all ages. Teachers plan an excellent curriculum and
know how to teach it so that it fosters pupils' love of learning and very rapid progress.
Exciting activities in lessons foster pupils' interest and visits and visitors provide
first-hand experiences that stimulate pupils' ideas. The staff are quick to identify what
individuals need to boost their skills and gain confidence. Extra support is precisely

based on assessments, and fast intervention means that pupils with learning difficulties

or disabilities make outstanding progress. This is also true of pupils who are learning
English as an additional language, who make equal progress to their peers. Improving
pupils' skills in writing has been a major focus for the school and it has been very
successful. Pupils' progress in writing is very rapid and they use their skills very well
in other subjects. Pupils who are very capable readers are highly challenged in most
ways, but a few opportunities are missed for them to fully extend their skills through
reading in other subjects.
There is outstanding leadership and management at all levels. The headteacher leads
a talented staff who embrace initiatives enthusiastically. Her vision of including all
children and getting the best for them is fully shared by the staff and governors.
Excellent self-evaluation is built into the school's everyday way of working. The

thorough checks on what is happening in classrooms and the analysis of pupils' progress

give the school a clear view of its effectiveness. As a result, everyone knows what is
working well and where improvements are needed. Action to resolve any areas of
weakness is swift and effective.

What the school should do to improve further

  • Ensure that more able pupils use their skills in reading in other subjects so that
    they make the best possible progress.
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Achievement and standards

Grade: 1

By the end of the Reception Year, most children exceed the goals set for their age in
all areas of learning. This picture of excellent achievement provides children with a
very firm foundation for their future learning and life outside school. Children who
are learning English as an additional language do as well as their classmates because
their particular needs are recognised and catered for in teaching. This rapid progress
continues for all groups of pupils in Years 1 and 2. Standards in 2006 were well above
average, with outstanding performance in writing. The most recent assessments of
Year 2 pupils show that standards in all areas are set to rise even further this year.
Pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities make excellent progress towards their
targets because of outstanding teaching. Very few pupils do not reach the level
expected for their age by the time they leave the school. Whilst progress in reading
is good for more able children, it is not as rapid as writing and a few do not do their
very best. This is because they are not always given sufficient opportunity to further
develop their skills in other subjects.

Personal development and well-being

Grade: 1

Pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. They behave
very well and their attendance is good. Relationships between different ethnic groups

are excellent. Right from the start, children in the Nursery learn the benefits of working

and playing together, and this continues as they grow. Pupils willingly help each other
and share ideas so that they are in control of their learning. They meet with such a
good degree of success that their confidence quickly expands. Pupils work
enthusiastically to improve their school community because they see the difference
that they can make. The School Council, for example, gathered other pupils' ideas
about how to improve the playground that were then incorporated into the final
designs. Pupils act as 'buddies' on the playground to help others join in games. Pupils
are active and know how to keep safe in work and play. They make full use of the
exciting outdoor areas and enjoy activities such as 'Shake and Wake' that help them
to, as one pupil put it 'get out of breath and keep me fit'. Children know how to eat
healthily. Nursery children prepare healthy sandwiches for 'patients' in the hospital
role-play area and are eager to sample the results.

Quality of provision

Teaching and learning

Grade: 1

Children in the Nursery and Reception classes develop a thirst for learning because

outstanding teaching gives them exactly what they need to build basic skills in literacy,

numeracy and information and communication technology (ICT), as well as developing

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a high level of independence. As in all parts of the school, teachers identify the key
vocabulary that children need to learn and plan exciting activities through which they
can practise using their new vocabulary. This supports the progress of children who
are learning English as an additional language very well. Warm relationships underpin

the calm atmosphere in classrooms. Teaching for all ages makes precise use of thorough

assessment to pinpoint the next small steps in pupils' learning. This means that work
is adapted very well for different abilities. Teaching for pupils with learning difficulties
or disabilities is very well organised to focus on specific targets and ensures their
excellent progress. Teaching assistants know exactly how to support these pupils.

Curriculum and other activities

Grade: 1

Senior managers rightly describe the curriculum as 'a labour of love'. Imaginative
planning supports teaching and promotes pupils' enjoyment of school and rate of

learning. Planning for pupils' personal and social development is woven most effectively

into lessons and activities. The topic- based curriculum is exciting and includes visits
to museums, art galleries and dance festivals. Year 2 pupils' writing about pirates
benefited from a visit from 'Blackbeard'. Excellent use is made of the outstanding
facilities outdoors for exploring ideas and using initiative. Reception children, for
example, built shelters for animals after hearing the story of Percy the Park Keeper.
Teachers use ICT very well to engage pupils' interest and pupils use computers
confidently. Excellent opportunities are planned for pupils to use their skills in writing
in topics. A few opportunities are missed to extend more able pupils' skills by reading
around topics. Many pupils join in enthusiastically in extra activities in sport, music
and drama.

Care, guidance and support

Grade: 1

The school's care for the pupils makes a significant contribution to their feeling of

security and well-being. Everything necessary to safeguard children is done. Procedures

for protecting children are robust and effective. Pupils know whom to turn to if they
have any difficulties. The staff know the pupils well and give them the support and
guidance they need. This includes pupils who are learning English as an additional
language. Pupils' individual progress is tracked carefully and specific targets are set
for improvement. Older pupils describe their targets as 'something you want to get
to' and are confident that help will be given to reach them. The support for pupils
with learning difficulties or disabilities is well organised and works extremely well.

Leadership and management

Grade: 1

The school is resolute in its pursuit of excellence. It sets challenging targets for pupils
and has an excellent track record of meeting them. This is because the commitment
to getting the best from staff and pupils is at the hub of the school leaders' and

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managers' work. The senior managers set the tone here and will not settle for second
best. The excellent monitoring of teaching and analysis of data are used to identify
the right priorities for improvement. These are worked on diligently and checked
thoroughly to see if improvement has been made. The school's outstanding capacity
for improvement is seen in its successful drive to raise achievement in writing. It has
also ensured that the progress of pupils who are learning English as an additional
language matches that of others, which was a weaker area in the previous inspection
findings. Governors are excellent 'critical friends' who ask challenging questions that
help the school to reflect on its decisions. The school's partnership with parents and
its other significant partners is outstanding. Parents appreciate the welcoming
atmosphere of the school and the guidance they receive in helping their children's
learning at home. They express a high level of confidence in the school and the
overwhelming majority are delighted with what it provides for their children.

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Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures
set out in the guidance 'Complaints about school inspection', which is available from Ofsted’s

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Inspection judgements


Key to judgements: grade 1 is outstanding, grade 2 good, grade 3 satisfactory, and grade 4

Overall effectiveness


How effective, efficient and inclusive is the provision of education, integrated
care and any extended services in meeting the needs of learners?


How well does the school work in partnership with others to promote learners'

1The quality and standards in the Foundation Stage
1The effectiveness of the school's self-evaluation
1The capacity to make any necessary improvements


Effective steps have been taken to promote improvement since the last

Achievement and standards

1How well do learners achieve?

The standards


reached by learners


How well learners make progress, taking account of any significant variations between

groups of learners

1How well learners with learning difficulties and disabilities make progress

Personal development and well-being


How good is the overall personal development and well-being of the

1The extent of learners' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
1The behaviour of learners
2The attendance of learners
1How well learners enjoy their education
1The extent to which learners adopt safe practices
1The extent to which learners adopt healthy lifestyles
1The extent to which learners make a positive contribution to the community

How well learners develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to
their future economic well-being

The quality of provision


How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of the
learners' needs?


How well do the curriculum and other activities meet the range of needs
and interests of learners?

1How well are learners cared for, guided and supported?


Grade 1 - Exceptionally and consistently high; Grade 2 - Generally above average with none significantly

below average; Grade 3 - Broadly average to below average; Grade 4 - Exceptionally low.

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Annex A

Leadership and management


How effective are leadership and management in raising achievement
and supporting all learners?


How effectively leaders and managers at all levels set clear direction leading
to improvement and promote high quality of care and education


How effectively performance is monitored, evaluated and improved to meet
challenging targets


How well equality of opportunity is promoted and discrimination tackled so
that all learners achieve as well as they can


How effectively and efficiently resources, including staff, are deployed to
achieve value for money


The extent to which governors and other supervisory boards discharge their


Do procedures for safeguarding learners meet current government

NoDoes this school require special measures?
NoDoes this school require a notice to improve?

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Annex A

Text from letter to pupils explaining the findings of the inspection

Thank you for helping me with my work when I visited recently. I enjoyed meeting you and
talking with you. I am glad that you go to an excellent school and I can understand why you
enjoy it so much. The grown-ups work hard to make it bright and welcoming for you and your
parents. This is what I found out about your school:

  • You do very well in your work and reach high standards because of excellent teaching
  • There are so many exciting things for you to do in your topics that keep you interested
  • Your behaviour is very good. You are sensible and like helping each other
  • Everyone gets on together well and you are quick to help each other
  • You know which healthy food to eat and enjoy 'Shake and Wake' to keep you fit and alert!
  • The grown-ups take very good care of you, listen to your problems and give you extra help
    if you need it
  • The people who are in charge of your school make sure that it runs well. They know what
    they need to do to get the best for you all.
    I noticed how good you are at writing about things in your topics. This is because you have
    such good ideas and you learn so much from the visitors to school and the trips you go on. So
    that you can do your absolute best in your reading, I have asked your teachers to make sure
    that you read more about the things to do with your topics.
    Your teachers and parents are right to be proud of you. Keep having fun and working hard.
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    Annex B

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