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Tividale Hall Primary School

Tividale Hall Primary School
Regent Road
West Midlands

phone: 01384 254865

headteacher: Mrs Pam Willetts

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school holidays: via Sandwell council

463 pupils aged 3—10y mixed gender
398 pupils capacity: 115% full

250 boys 54%


210 girls 45%


Last updated: June 18, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 396125, Northing: 290006
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 52.508, Longitude: -2.0585
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
March 13, 2014
Region › Const. › Ward
West Midlands › West Bromwich West › Tividale
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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8 July 2014
Geraldine Pugliese
Tividale Hall Primary School
Regent Road
B69 1TR
Dear Mrs Pugliese

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Tividale Hall Primary

Following my visit to your school on 7 July 2014, 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 month and year. 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:

 arrange a review of governance as soon as possible so that governors’

training needs are identified and met urgently

 review all job descriptions so that those members of staff in receipt of

allowances have suitable responsibilities delegated to them

 review provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage so that there is a

clear focus on children’s learning and progress


During the inspection, meetings were held with you, a governor and a representative
of the local authority to discuss the actions taken since the last inspection. The
school improvement plan was evaluated. A timetable of training was seen together
with outcomes of recently introduced monitoring records. I viewed lessons with you
informally as part of a tour of the school.

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Since the section 5 inspection which judged the school to require improvement you
have taken up your appointment as headteacher. Nine members of staff will leave
the school at the end of the summer term. The Chair of the Governing Body
resigned his position and has since been replaced. Due to unfortunate delays in
advertising the post of assistant headteacher, this post, planned for September, is
unlikely to take effect before January 2015.

Main findings

You have taken swift and effective action to resolve the weaknesses identified in the
previous section 5 inspection. Since your appointment, you have successfully
managed an unsettled period within the school. You have expressed clear,
uncompromising and appropriately high expectations of staff and pupils. You have
shown tenacity and determination in laying the foundations for a good school. You
quickly recognised the pupils’ potential and investigated reasons for their average,
rather than excellent, standards. You have identified both strengths and weaknesses
in the quality of teaching and quickly established procedures for monitoring and
feeding back to staff.
You have interrogated the roles and responsibilities of those members of staff with
allowances and identified anomalies as well as potential strengths. Job descriptions
are under review because they do not currently reflect the usual range of devolved
leadership responsibilities expected of such levels. You are aware of the necessity to
link the standards achieved by pupils with the quality of teaching. You have
established a culture of no excuses and teachers are increasingly aware of their

accountability in ensuring pupils’ accelerated progress and achieving standards of

which they are capable. You managed initial problems with the behaviour of a small
group of pupils with determination and sensitivity so that they received both the
boundaries and support they needed.
You have introduced checks on the quality of teaching which rightly include an

appropriate breadth of evidence, for example, pupils’ progress, lesson observations
and pupils’ work. Future plans for these regular checks sensibly extend to the

scrutiny of lesson plans and discussions with pupils. You have provided training and

systems to help teachers judge, record and track pupils’ progress more accurately.

Informal visits to classrooms and lessons showed that there is much work to be
done in creating classrooms which are orderly and assist focused learning. The Early
Years Foundation Stage in particular had a cluttered, unstructured appearance
where children were not always suitably engaged in learning. The outside
environment has the potential for exciting learning but it is littered with unsuitable
equipment. Too many outdoor resources are poor quality and are inappropriate for
children in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
You have worked closely with middle managers and planned a range of joint
activities to support them in their role, raise expectations and develop expertise. You
have initiated an appropriate sense of ambition and the coordinator for special
educational needs is keen to establish routines for pupils to depend less on
additional support and develop the necessary skills within their classes.
You have produced a clear plan for creating a good school. You have included all of
the areas identified for improvement identified in the inspection report. The planned
actions are suitably succinct, appropriate and clear. They include an appropriate
balance of training, support, procedures and strategies. You are clear that policies
not only have to be written but they also have to be implemented consistently and
reviewed regularly. There is a good balance of planned training for the whole staff
and small groups or individuals. Each planned action has a clearly identified person
responsible to lead and groups to monitor, evaluate and review the school’s
progress. Overarching expectations are suitably broken down to required,
measurable outcomes. All of the activities are sensibly spread over time so that there
is a balance of urgency and long-term initiatives. Reviews of early actions have
begun and the plan is regularly updated in response. Training and the introduction
of new procedures have focused on improving the quality of teaching and

accelerating pupils’ rates of progress. Good practice has been identified in other

schools and visits are planned.
In the past, governors have not taken advantage of the wealth of training provided

by the local authority’s governor services. The local authority’s school improvement

advisor has not previously been invited to train governors. She now plans to provide
the much needed training in reading and analysing published comparative data on

pupils’ standards and progress. A formal review of governance is planned in the near

future. There is an urgent need for this review to identify governors’ training needs
in order to better fulfil their statutory responsibilities.
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

You have identified training providers and available support from within the locality,
including the teaching school alliance. You have secured scholarships for four middle
leaders in developing their management skills. The local authority has provided
suitable support during the early days of your appointment. The school improvement
advisor joined you on a ‘Getting to Good’ seminar, and has attended your governing
body meetings at your invitation. The advisor remains flexible to best meet your
immediate and future needs. She has every confidence in your ability to lead the
school and bring about the necessary improvements.

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

Children’s Services for Sandwell.

Yours sincerely
Deana Holdaway

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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