We are a three form entry school plus a Nursery with just over six hundred children located in Billesley in the South of Birmingham. Our pupils generally live close to the school in the Billesley area, however some children come from further away.
There are currently over 40 different ethnic groups represented in the school. The majority of pupils are either from White British or Pakistani backgrounds and about a half of pupils are learning English as an additional language.
Our building was built in the 1920s and has been kept up to date as a well maintained and calm learning environment, with much recent refurbishment making the school an even more welcoming place to learn and to visit. There are extensive grounds and outdoor facilities to enhance the outdoor and sporting opportunities available.
The school itself takes pupils from three to eleven years.
Ethos & Values
Our objective is to achieve excellence in all aspects of school life. Our strategy is to develop people - through the knowledge and commitment of our staff, through challenge and support to our children and through working in partnership with our community to see education as the essential route to success in life.
Our mission statement is to
‘Inspire our children to succeed
Create excitement for learning
This is our approach to all aspects of school life, from a wide range of inspiring learning opportunities to our excellent catering service and from the warm welcome you receive on entering the school to the highest possible standards of academic excellence.
We pride ourselves on a ‘no excuses’ culture. We believe that every child has the right to the highest possible standards in their education so that they have the skills they need to succeed in life. Equality of opportunity is at the core of our beliefs to ensure that our children are prepared for life in modern Britain as a global citizen.
We are proud to be a school that places children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural education at the heart of our work which is demonstrated through our commitment to children’s active participation in a wide range of community partnerships and opportunities. We are proud of our partnerships which bring so much to our school including innovative international theatre company Stan’s Cafe, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre,leading Startwell, a highly praised Early Years health and physical development programme across Birmingham and community links with our local outstanding Early Years provision at Grendon and Billesley Family Centre and Nursery.
‘Every moment we practise the right things is a moment that builds habits of excellence’
Every year, we set ourselves challenging targets to improve and these are presented in the School Improvement Plan (see link).
This year, our targets are as follows:
Key Aim 1: How do we continually improve the quality of teaching and learning so that pupils develop skills and knowledge to the best of their ability?
- Ensure that formative and summative assessment have maximum impact on pupil achievement
- In depth subject knowledge effectively builds skills and understanding, enabling rapid progress of boys, SEND and disadvantaged
- Ensure that secure effective pedagogy meets individual pupil needs
Key Aim 2: How do we ensure the highest standards of learning behaviours for all pupils?
- Further develop self regulated learners, who are aware of their strengths and areas to develop, and motivate themselves to engage in learning
- Ensure a range of attendance strategies to support high attendance
- Embed SEL strategies which are tailored to meet individual needs
Key Aim 3: How do we develop healthy, resilient, independent young people, who understand and appreciate the diversity of our community?
- Further develop children who are global citizens and who confidently question current topical issues and challenge stereotypes
- Empower parents/carers and pupils to become active and healthy members of the wider school community
- Ensure pupils and families demonstrate a pride in their background and community, which is rooted in good cultural understanding
Key Aim 4: How do we develop leadership knowledge and skills across the school to meet the needs of Billesley Primary School whilst providing a significant contribution to system leadership?
- Promote the effectiveness of the school as a Research Driven School, which raises standards for boys and disadvantaged
- Revise leadership structures to meet the needs of Billesley Primary School, Billesley Research School and wider school community
- Implement a revised structure of CPD and coaching, which secures lasting behaviour change and further raises the standards of teaching and learning