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Springfield Primary School

Springfield Primary School
Dudley Road
Rowley Regis
West Midlands

phone: 0121 5591333

acting headteacher: Miss Susan Powis


school holidays: via Sandwell council

454 pupils aged 2—10y mixed gender
351 pupils capacity: 129% full

240 boys 53%

≤ 253y304a94b124c135y336y217y288y349y2510y31

215 girls 47%

≤ 233y194a134c105y256y297y308y259y2910y29

Last updated: June 20, 2014

Primary — Foundation School

Education phase
Establishment type
Foundation School
Establishment #
Open date
Sept. 1, 2000
Reason open
Result of Amalgamation
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 396179, Northing: 287982
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 52.49, Longitude: -2.0577
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Feb. 13, 2014
Region › Const. › Ward
West Midlands › Halesowen and Rowley Regis › Rowley
Urban > 10k - less sparse
SEN priorities
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Free school meals %
Trust school
Is supported by a Trust
The Rowley Learning Trust

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Schools nearby

  1. 0.1 miles Springfield Junior School B658JW
  2. 0.1 miles Springfield Infant and Nursery School B658JY
  3. 0.1 miles Knowle School B658JY
  4. 0.4 miles Brickhouse Primary School B658HS (204 pupils)
  5. 0.5 miles Whiteheath Education Centre B659AL (7 pupils)
  6. 0.5 miles Rowley Regis College B659AH
  7. 0.6 miles St Michael's CE High School B659AN (1099 pupils)
  8. 0.7 miles The Westminster School B659AN (137 pupils)
  9. 0.8 miles Rowley Hall Primary School B659HU (540 pupils)
  10. 0.9 miles Sledmere Primary School DY28EH (475 pupils)
  11. 0.9 miles The Heathfield Foundation Technology College B646QU
  12. 0.9 miles The Oakham Centre B691SG
  13. 1 mile Netherton Park Nursery School and Children's Centre DY29QF (111 pupils)
  14. 1 mile Northfield Road Primary School DY29ER (397 pupils)
  15. 1 mile Grace Mary Primary School B691LD (273 pupils)
  16. 1 mile Oakham Primary School B691SG (471 pupils)
  17. 1 mile Whiteheath Infant School B691BG
  18. 1 mile Blackheath Junior School B650AB
  19. 1 mile Blackheath Infant and Nursery School B650AB
  20. 1 mile Nova Training DY29SA
  21. 1 mile Ormiston Forge Academy B646QU (1312 pupils)
  22. 1.1 mile Netherbrook Primary School DY29RZ (494 pupils)
  23. 1.1 mile Reddal Hill Primary School B646HT (274 pupils)
  24. 1.1 mile Blackheath Primary School B659NF (469 pupils)

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21 May 2014
Miss Susan Powis
Springfield Primary School
Dudley Road
Rowley Regis
B65 8JY
Dear Miss Powis

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Springfield Primary

Following my visit to your school on 20 May 2014, I write on behalf of Her Majesty’s

Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the 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
The visit was the first monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in February 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:

 ensure that the school’s improvement plans have interim success

measures and all outcomes are measurable to better enable the

effective monitoring of the school’s actions to improve.


During the visit, meetings were held with you, your senior leadership team, the
Chair, Vice Chair and members of the Governing Body, and a representative of the
local authority to discuss the action taken since the last inspection. I evaluated the

school’s plans for improvement, the impact of performance management and the

outcomes of monitoring activities. I also reviewed some of the school’s achievement
data. I visited three classes, talked to a number of pupils and looked at samples of
their books.

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Main findings

You and your leadership team are working with a greater sense of urgency on the
key issues identified in your inspection. Your school improvement plan addresses all
the key areas identified in the last inspection and includes suitable actions to drive
improvement. Although you have a clear idea of when you intend the school to be a

securely ‘good’ school, your plan lacks interim milestones. The impact of the actions

you propose is not measureable. These two missing elements may make it difficult
for you, or governors, to ensure the school is making sufficient progress in the
agreed timescale.
You are holding teachers more accountable for pupils’ progress. You have introduced
a new tracking system and increased the frequency of pupils’ progress meetings with
staff. You expect teachers to use information about pupils’ prior learning as part of
their lesson planning. Work is better matched to pupils’ understanding and the most
able have work that is more challenging.
Teachers’ use of assessment information is improving. They regularly identify gaps in

pupils’ learning in line with the new marking policy. Pupils stated they had a better

understanding of how to improve their work.
The teaching of letters and sounds (phonics) is improving. Teachers have benefited
from training by the local authority in teaching the new scheme for understanding
letters and sounds. The approach is more systematic and is taught from Nursery
through to Year 4. The new scheme enables teachers and teaching assistants to
identify quickly the gaps in pupils’ understanding. The literacy coordinator’s
collaboration with the local authority has developed a new assessment process for
letters and sounds to give a more accurate evaluation of pupils’ learning. This
ensures pupils are better prepared for the next stage in the development of their
literacy skills.
The teaching of mathematics is improving. Pupils are grouped by attainment for
mathematics and this is improving the challenge, especially for the most able. In a
top band Year 4 mathematics lesson pupils competed to complete the greatest
number of different permutations for a sum as quickly as possible. The teacher
introduced the next activity and swiftly identified those who were ready for more
demanding work. This maintained their pace of learning. Pupils stated they were
enjoying mathematics more and found the work more interesting.

Governors’ understanding of the school’s key areas for development is improving.

They have a good understanding of their responsibilities and have taken appropriate
actions to address the areas for improvement identified in the last inspection.
Governors are well informed about the recent improvements to the quality of
teaching. Safeguarding records meet statutory requirements and governors
understand the need to monitor and maintain up to date records.
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

Local authority representatives make regular visits to the school including
consultants have provided a range of support to improve English and mathematics
and train governors. The authority has also brokered support through a local
teaching school, Lightwoods Primary. This co-ordinated programme is having a
positive impact on teaching and leadership.

I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body, the Director of Children’s
Services for Sandwell.

Yours sincerely
Michelle Parker

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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