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Happy and caring school rated Good by inspectors

A 'happy and caring school' continues to be Good, says Ofsted.

Inspectors visited Field View Primary School in July and, in their report published recently, found that leaders have 'high expectations of all pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities' (SEND).

The school is well led and managed, with leaders benefitting from the support from St Martin’s Multi-Academy Trust. They have designed a broad and balanced curriculum and thought about the key knowledge, skills and vocabulary that they want pupils to learn and remember.

The school's 'systematic and targeted approach' to phonics enables pupils to become fluent and confident readers. They acquire the essential skills and knowledge to decode words accurately and independently.

Leaders promote a love for reading, with designated reading areas in each classroom, while staff are attentive to the needs of individual pupils, providing support when necessary to ensure that children who fall behind 'catch up quickly'.

Pupils with SEND have access to the same curriculum as their peers, with learning 'suitably adapted'. Staff receive regular training to ensure that they have the skills needed to support pupils with SEND effectively. As a result, 'pupils with SEND achieve well'.

Field View's vision – 'we are all here to make a difference’ – ensures there is a culture of constant improvement, with staff encouraging pupils to develop qualities like honesty, respect and perseverance.

There is a calm and orderly environment throughout the school. Pupils behave well in lessons and at other times of the day, and 'respond well to the clear routines and expectations that staff set for them'.

Pupils enjoy the opportunities they have to take on roles of responsibility, like being head boy or girl, prefect, school councillor, peer supports or digital ambassadors, and also enjoy a range of after-school clubs organised to develop their talents and interests.

Governors and trustees 'share leaders’ high ambitions for pupils', and make effective checks on many different aspects of school life, while staff say they 'are proud to work at the school'.

Head of School Amy Price said: "I am pleased that Ofsted has recognised the difference we are making to the lives of children at Field View. This recognition allows us to keep moving forwards as a school and I am incredibly proud of the Field View community."

Councillor Jacqui Coogan, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Work, said: "I would like to congratulate everyone at Field View on this very good inspection report. Inspectors were full of praise for the staff and leadership team, and for the pupils who are so well behaved – well done to you all."

Latest figures show 89% of schools in Wolverhampton are now rated either Good or Outstanding, above the regional and national average. In addition, nine in 10 Wolverhampton pupils attend Good or Outstanding schools, the best in the West Midlands.

Pupils celebrate Field View Primary School’s Good Ofsted with Amy Price, Head of School, Balinder Chuhan, Assistant Headteacher, Polly Smith-Hughes, Assistant Headteacher, and Nicolina Alaimo, Pastoral Manager.


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