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Praise for staff and pupils at Good-rated Berrybrook Primary

Pupils share, live by and show Berrybrook Primary School's core values in an 'impressive way', say inspectors.


Ofsted carried out a short inspection of the Greenacres Avenue school last month and determined that it continues to be a Good school.


Inspectors found that Berrybrook's leaders have 'an ambitious vision for the curriculum’ which gives pupils the ‘skills they need to excel in an ever developing and diverse world', with the curriculum achieving this for all pupils, including those with special educational needs or disabilities.


The school has a clear picture of what needs to be taught, how it should be taught and how it should be assessed.


Leaders' high expectations for behaviour and learning 'shine through everywhere', with pupils taking on many responsibilities in school, including as librarians, house captains and anti-bullying ambassadors. Pupils hold the school's BERRY values – Believe, Enjoy, Respect, Responsibility and You Can Do It! – dear, with inspectors praising them for showing 'respectful and tolerant attitudes beyond their years'.


Leaders keep vocabulary and language front and centre of all they do, with this focus on language beginning with the youngest children. Leaders have made sure that all staff are well trained to talk to and with children, with staff using their knowledge 'to excellent effect'.


Leaders are also determined that every pupil learns to read and make sure that children get swift and targeted support if they start to fall behind. This works well, with inspectors saying pupils become 'confident and fluent readers'.


Safeguarding arrangements are effective, with the Perry Hall Multi-Academy Trust school’s curriculum equipping pupils 'to know how to keep safe in many situations'.


Head of School Alistair Smith said: "The inspection experience and subsequent report is resoundingly positive, and the Perry Hall Multi-Academy Trust and I are tremendously proud of all of our pupils and staff.


"Ofsted was incredibly impressed with how confidently and maturely all of our children could discuss the knowledge and skills they gain from lessons, how strategies support their emotions, how visits, visitors and extra opportunities give them a broader knowledge and understanding and how what they learn in school will help them to achieve their personal aspirations for the future.


"This report is not only based on the two days of the inspection; it is due to the hard work of the school community, both past and present, since joining the trust nearly 10 years ago."


Councillor Chris Burden, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Work, said: "This is a very positive report which reflects well on everyone connected with Berrybrook Primary School but particularly on the children themselves.


"The inspectors spoke very highly of them all, particularly their respectful and tolerant attitudes to others and about how they have embraced the school's values – they, and their teachers and their families, should be very proud of this."


Councillor Chris Burden, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Work, back left, and Alistair Smith, Head of School, back right celebrate Berrybrook Primary School’s Good Ofsted rating with pupils.

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