OFSTED inspectors have praised a Wyre Forest village school for ensuring pupils are “well prepared” for the next stage of their education by the time they leave.

They found that almost all pupils at Wolverley Sebright Primary Academy, including those with special needs, are fluent readers by Year 3 and agreed the school should continue to be rated “good”.

Children begin learning phonics in Reception Year and inspectors said the atmosphere in lessons, especially in Years 5 and 6 was “mature and scholarly”.

They found a culture where pupils behave well, achieve well and engage enthusiastically in learning, where pupils display positive attitudes, look after one another and have a range of leadership opportunities.

Inspectors said most subject leaders have identified the key knowledge, vocabulary and skills they expect pupils to know and remember and the curriculum is taught well. Staff use misconceptions – referred to as ‘marvellous mistakes’ – as an opportunity to deepen pupils’ knowledge by looking closely at what went wrong and why.

They found the curriculum prepared pupils well for life in modern Britain, by celebrating diversity and teaching the importance of respect and tolerance. Safeguarding is also effective.

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Next steps for the school are to redevelop a coherent programme of trips and visits after the disruption caused by the Covid pandemic and for leaders in some subjects to be more specific about what exactly they want pupils to learn.

Shelley Reeves-Walters, headteacher, said: “It was a pleasure to show the inspectors all the great work that goes on in our school and to receive such positive feedback from them, as we journey forward and in the wake of the challenges caused by the pandemic".

The school is a member of the Severn Academies Educational Trust and Chris King, chief executive, added: “Our mantra is Growing Brilliance and I am delighted the inspectors were able to see so clearly how well our children at Wolverley Sebright are prepared for the next stage of their learning.”