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Turves Green Primary School

Turves Green Primary School
West Midlands

phone: 0121 4643686

headteacher: Mr Matthew Clarke

school holidays: via Birmingham council

395 pupils aged 4—10y mixed gender
420 pupils capacity: 94% full

215 boys 54%


180 girls 46%


Last updated: July 30, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 402149, Northing: 277984
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 52.4, Longitude: -1.9698
Accepting pupils
4—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
May 21, 2014
Region › Const. › Ward
West Midlands › Birmingham, Northfield › Northfield
Urban > 10k - less sparse
SEN priorities
PD - Physical Disability
Free school meals %

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Schools nearby

  1. 0.1 miles Turves Green Girls' School and Technology College B314BP (628 pupils)
  2. 0.1 miles Turves Green Boys' School B314BS (515 pupils)
  3. 0.3 miles West Heath Nursery School B313HB (88 pupils)
  4. 0.4 miles Albert Bradbeer Junior School B314RD
  5. 0.4 miles Albert Bradbeer Infant and Nursery Community School B314RD
  6. 0.4 miles Albert Bradbeer Primary B314RD (427 pupils)
  7. 0.4 miles Albert Bradbeer Primary B314RD
  8. 0.5 miles The Meadows Primary School B312SW (468 pupils)
  9. 0.6 miles West Heath Infant School B388HU
  10. 0.6 miles West Heath Junior School B388HU
  11. 0.6 miles St John Fisher Catholic Primary School B313PN (207 pupils)
  12. 0.6 miles West Heath Primary School B388HU (369 pupils)
  13. 0.7 miles Cofton Primary School B314ST (237 pupils)
  14. 0.7 miles Bournville College of Further Education B312AJ
  15. 0.8 miles St Brigid's Catholic Primary School B315AB (454 pupils)
  16. 1 mile Wychall Farm Junior School B313EH
  17. 1 mile Wychall Farm Infant School B313EH
  18. 1 mile Fairway Primary School B388XQ
  19. 1 mile St Columba's Catholic Primary School B458TD (202 pupils)
  20. 1 mile Rathvilly School B312NB
  21. 1 mile Wychall Primary School B313EH (418 pupils)
  22. 1 mile Fairway Primary School B388XQ (198 pupils)
  23. 1.1 mile St Laurence Church Junior School B312DJ (356 pupils)
  24. 1.1 mile St Laurence Church Infant School B312DJ (269 pupils)

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1 October 2014
Matthew Clarke
Turves Green Primary School
B31 4BP
Dear Mr Clarke

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Turves Green
Primary School

Following my visit to your school on 30 September 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 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:

 make sure that literacy activities provide pupils of different abilities, and

especially the less able, with a suitable level of challenge

 ensure the school improvement plan makes clear who will check the

effectiveness of the school’s actions.

During the inspection, meetings were held with the headteacher, the deputy
headteachers, a representative of the local authority who is also a National Leader of
Education, and representatives from the governing body to discuss the actions taken
since the last inspection. The school improvement plan was evaluated. A range of
documentation was reviewed including written feedback to teachers following lesson
observations and reviews of pupils’ work. We also discussed the latest information

about pupils’ achievement. During the visit, you and the deputy headteachers joined

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me on brief visits to some classes. We looked at examples of pupils’ literacy and
numeracy work and talked to pupils about their learning.


Two teachers left at the end of the summer term. The governing body appointed
three new teachers and they joined the school in September.

Main findings

You and the deputy headteachers have an accurate understanding of the actions

that need to be taken to move the school to ‘good’. You are taking decisive action to

tackle weaknesses in teaching. Your records indicate that teaching is improving.
During our brief visits to lessons, we observed teachers making sure that all pupils
knew what they were expected to learn by the end of the lesson. They also used

questions well to check pupils’ understanding. Teachers are getting better at

planning appropriate activities for pupils of different abilities, particularly in
mathematics. Pupils I spoke with confirmed that mathematics activities were more

‘challenging’ than before. You recognise that literacy activities for less able pupils are

on occasions too difficult. Senior leaders are in the process of organising training to
help staff better meet the needs of less able pupils.

Teachers’ marking has improved. Pupils stated that the use of green and pink

highlighters is helpful because they can quickly see what they did well and what
could be improved. Teachers are increasingly providing pupils with helpful advice
and ensuring pupils have time to respond to the written feedback they receive.
Some teachers are trialling different ways of marking pupils’ work. For instance, a
teacher in Year 3 follows up her written feedback by asking pupils to answer a

question that will ‘consolidate, extend or challenge’ their learning. Pupils told me that

this approach gives them the chance to ‘have another go’ or to ‘think harder’. You

are in the process of establishing ‘Teaching and learning communities’. These will

give staff the opportunity to work in teams to develop and share effective teaching

Senior leaders are beginning to help teachers with responsibilities for subjects to
develop their leadership skills. The roles and responsibilities of subject leaders have
been clarified and senior leaders are helping them to identify the precise actions
they will take to help pupils make faster progress in their areas of responsibility.

Governors have responded positively to the external review of governance. They are
committed to improving the way in which they work with senior leaders and have
planned a suitable range of activities that will enable them to check the work of the
school for themselves. The information you are providing is helping governors to ask
searching questions about the performance of pupils and the quality of teaching.

The school improvement plan has been appropriately revised. You have made sure
that everyone is aware of the contribution they can make to further improve the
school. The actions that will be taken to further strengthen all aspects of the school’s
work are suitable. The plan has measurable success criteria but does not make clear

who will check the effectiveness of the school’s actions.

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

The local authority arranged for your school to receive intensive support from a
National Leader of Education. This support helped to strengthen teaching and
leadership. Prior to the last inspection, you organised your own support for staff,
senior leaders and governors. You also established effective links with a local
teaching school alliance. This is giving staff in your school access to appropriate
support and training. It is also providing you and other senior leaders with the
opportunity to share effective practice with other schools.

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

Children’s Services for Birmingham.

Yours sincerely
Usha Devi

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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