School profile

Balsall Common Primary School became an Academy in September 2012 and received an Outstanding OFSTED grading in February 2014.

It is a larger than average, 3 form entry, semi-rural primary school, that has a wide geographic catchment.  Ethnic minority groups are lower than the National Average at 16.5% (NA 28.7), with a number of Travellers, Romany and Gypsy pupils (RAISEonline 2013). The number of children on the SEN register is lower than the NA.  However, 26.7% of the Year 6 cohort 2012-2013 was on the SEN register, against a NA of 18.5% (RAISEonline 2012) and 22.2% on the SEN register in Year 6 2012-2013 against the NA of 18.5%.

The school draws largely (83.2%)from the Balsall Common area and from the Meriden Ward, which demographically comprises 36.1 % high social class households (RAISEonline 2011), a substantial majority of private housing and some rental and co-ownership properties (approximately 10%).

The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for FSM is 7.3%, against the national average of 26.7% (RAISEonline 2013), and their value added progress is broadly in line with the national trend at 99.0, against the national figure of 99.8 (RAISEonline 2013). (The number of pupils eligible for FSM in Year 6 2012-2013 was 3.  Comparisons with the NA are, therefore, are to be made with real caution.)


The school is not part of a children’s centre or a federation.


The school has achieved numerous awards, namely:

·         Science Award, PSQM, Silver, 2012;

·         Eco Schools, Silver Level;

·         Arts Mark Gold, July 2013 (for the second time)

·         HMI Report on Curriculum Innovation, Highly Commended in terms of Learning and Teaching;

·         The DCSF International School Award;

·         Healthy Schools' Award, and most recently Solihull’s Enhanced Healthy Schools’ Award;

·         Active Mark;

·         ICT Mark;

·         Recognised as an Affiliated Primary School for ICT by the Specialist Schools Academies Trust;

·         BECTA Excellence Award (Overall winner 2006);

·         Partner School with Warwick University for GTP and PGCE;

·         Comenius Project - Global Links with other schools in Europe;

·         Design Mark.


The current headteacher has been in post since April 2009, succeeding the previous head, who had led the school for twenty-two years, and the school staff has, on the whole, remained stable.

Attainment at the end of both KS1 and KS2 is significantly above the national averages and the three year trend shows that the school performs significantly better than the LA and the National mean in all areas.

There is a private on-site provider of Before and After School provision which is not managed by the governing body.