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Waverley School

Waverley School
Yardley Green Road
Bordesley Green
West Midlands

phone: 0121 5666600

executive headteacher: Mr Kamal Hanif OBE

reveal email: kama…


school holidays: via Birmingham council

1132 pupils aged 4—19y mixed gender
1797 pupils capacity: 63% full

575 boys 51%


555 girls 49%


Last updated: June 18, 2014

All Through — Community School

Education phase
All Through
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 411649, Northing: 286411
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 52.475, Longitude: -1.8299
Accepting pupils
4—19 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Dec. 5, 2012
Region › Const. › Ward
West Midlands › Birmingham, Hodge Hill › Bordesley Green
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Admissions policy
Main specialism
Humanities (Operational)
SEN priorities
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
Investor in People
Committed IiP Status
Sixth form
Has a sixth form
Free school meals %
Learning provider ref #

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12 May 2014
Mr K Hanif OBE
Executive Headteacher
Waverley School
Yardley Green Road
Bordesley Green
B9 5QA
Dear Mr Hanif

No formal designation monitoring inspection of Waverley School

Following my visit with Margaret Farrow, Her Majesty’s Inspector, to your school on
9–10 April 2014, I write on behalf of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education,

Children’s Services and Skills to confirm the inspection findings.

The inspection was a monitoring inspection carried out in accordance with no formal
designation procedures and conducted under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.
The inspection was carried out following a request from the Secretary of State.


Her Majesty’s Inspectors scrutinised the single central record and other documents,

including those relating to safeguarding and child protection arrangements and
minutes of meetings of the governing body. They met with the executive
headteacher, members of the senior leadership team, the Chair of the Governing
body and other governors, students and staff. There was also a telephone
conversation with a representative of the local authority. Her Majesty’s Inspectors
undertook brief visits to 46 lessons and observed teaching and learning and
classrooms, and observed the behaviour of students around the school. There were

insufficient responses to Ofsted’s on-line survey Parent View to be able to undertake

any analysis. The views of the 34 staff who returned questionnaires were also taken

into account.
Having considered all the evidence I am of the opinion that at this time:

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The school’s safeguarding arrangements meet requirements.
The quality of leadership and management is outstanding.

Waverley School is larger than the average-sized school. It is in the process of
becoming a 4–19 all-through school and there are three classes in each of Reception
and Year 1 so far. The proportion of students eligible for the pupil premium is more
than double the national average. Virtually all students are from minority ethnic
groups; the majority are of Pakistani, Bangladeshi, African or Somali heritage. A very
high proportion speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils
who are disabled or have special education needs and are supported at school action
is broadly average; the proportion supported at school action plus or with a
statement of special educational needs is nearly twice the national average. The
school has a local authority funded cognition and resource base. There have been
significant changes in staffing over the last year, although not to the senior team.
The school faces similar levels of difficulty experienced by other schools locally and
nationally in recruiting some specialist teachers.
The executive headteacher is also a National Leader of Education. He supports a
number of other schools. The school holds a wide range of prestigious awards for
encouraging diversity and for the quality of its curriculum. It has recently been
designated as a Teaching School.

Behaviour and safety of pupils

Students are keen and willing to learn. They come to lessons well prepared, make

confident and enthusiastic contributions to discussions, and show interest in their
work. Children in Reception and Year 1 play and work together harmoniously. They
enjoy talking with their teachers, each other and visitors about their work and their
achievements. Older students show maturity in appreciating their potential for
modelling good behaviour to younger pupils. Students move around the school site
calmly and responsibly; the split lunch arrangements help to reduce excessive noise
and long queues. They show a very good awareness of risks to their personal safety
and well-being both in and beyond the school, including when on the internet, from
crime and from the risks of radicalisation and extremism. This stems directly from
the successful work of the school to maintain safeguarding as an explicit priority,
alongside its work to ensure high levels of community cohesion. Students are free to
express their views and concerns and feel that there is always an adult to turn to,
and help them.
Students enjoy school and arrive at lessons punctually. Attendance has risen and is
now around the national average. Unnecessary absence is challenged robustly and
never condoned; staff are alert to the possibility of absences being associated with
forced marriages or female genital mutilation and always act on concerns.
Rates of fixed-term exclusion are exceptionally low as a result of strong systems to
tackle challenging behaviour. No student has been permanently excluded for the
past three years.

The quality of leadership in and management of the school

A strong culture of ensuring the very highest standard of safeguarding pervades the
school. This means that all students and staff know how to respond to concerns of
any kind. Staff are well trained to identify signs of neglect, abuse and any indications
of students being at risk from extremism. Safeguarding is a key aspect of everyone’s
induction training and there are regular refresher courses. Staff told inspectors about
the importance of being vigilant, and of reporting any concerns immediately to the
designated person for safeguarding in the school. One said, ‘We are drilled; the

message is ‘report it, report it’. There are strong links with the local police to help to

keep students safe. Recruitment processes are rigorous, with appropriately thorough
checks on the suitability of staff. Interviews test applicants’ willingness and capacity

to embrace the school’s wide range of policies and practices to keep children safe.

This is a school where prejudice or bigotry of any kind is not tolerated. Staff and
students are very proud of this. The quality and impact of the school’s work on
ensuring that students obtain an excellent understanding of diversity and equalities
is widely recognised. The headteacher made important contributions to equality
issues, tackling discrimination and strengthening community cohesion across
Birmingham, nationally and internationally. Students’ very mature and well-
developed appreciation of issues relating to different sexualities is a positive
reflection of the confident emphasis this is given in the curriculum. The school is a
Stonewall champion school. The curriculum promotes a rich appreciation of diversity
through a wide range of activities, including participation in European Community
funded and other international projects. The most recent involves students working
with a French school on a combined citizenship, geography and history subject in
response to marking the centenary of World War 1. Students’ work on identifying

Birmingham’s contribution to the suffragette movement was recognised by the

Culture Secretary.
Governors are an experienced, well-informed and dynamic team with an excellent
grasp of safeguarding in theory and in practice. Members of the governing body
come from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds and there is a good balance of
men and women. They work with senior leaders to ensure that safeguarding
procedures are watertight and they also monitor their implementation on a day-by-
day basis. Governors have a well-defined code of conduct; on the few occasions
where necessary, they have responded assertively and properly to any concerns

around specific governors’ behaviours. Governors feel proud of the way in which the

school serves the community and are vigilant to any threat to its values and
priorities. The Chair of Governors has been closely involved in setting up a city-wide
response to the potential dangers of extremism and radicalisation and is very
knowledgeable and experienced around such important issues.

External support

The local authority currently offers no strategic oversight with regard to the
safeguarding of students beyond the safeguarding audit and provision of statutory
safeguarding training. Its capacity to support the school with its work around the
awareness of the potential risks relating to extremism, and to encourage the
celebration of diversity, is limited, and it has not yet been able to help the school to
share its excellent practice across other Birmingham schools.

I am copying this letter to the Director of Children’s Services, to the Secretary of

State for Education, the Education Funding Agency, and the Chair of the Governing
Body. This letter will be published on the Ofsted website.
Yours sincerely
Alan Taylor-Bennett

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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