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School receives an encouraging report; GREAT BARR: Ofsted inspectors find pupils making 'consistently good progress'.

Byline: By Tony Collins

"ROBUST action" is helping to transform the fortunes of a city primary school.

Government inspectors who visited Greenholm Primary in Greenholm Road, Great Barr, said the school's overall effectiveness was improving and could now be described as satisfactory.

School watchdogs Ofsted concluded: "Robust action has been taken this school year to improve achievement, especially in English."

And they added that improvements were proving successful, particularly in Year 6.

Inspectors said achievement as a whole was now satisfactory, but pupils in Year 6 were making "consistently good progress" because expectations of achievement were high.

But they added that the high expectations were not yet replicated right across the school, particularly in relation to written work.

Ofsted said teaching and learning at the 400-pupil school, headed by Gill Turner, were satisfactory.

Assessment information is now used with increasing effectiveness to identify and support pupils who are not progressing as well as they should, and to make sure that activities are matched well to the needs of all pupils.

The report added that Greenholm Primary is well aware that early signs of a decline in English should have been acted on sooner.

But closer checks on academic progress have now given the school a largely accurate understanding of its effectiveness.

Inspectors said the leadership and management of the school were satisfactory, with improvements to the management of assessment now meaning that senior members of staff and governors have a clearer picture of the school's overall performance.

"These improvements form a good basis for ensuring future success."

Pupils enjoy school, with many youngsters taking part in extracurricular activities and special events, such as a Viking day. Pupils also work hard.

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