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Press and media coverage about Villiers Primary School


City school celebrates 90th anniversary

Released: Thursday 20 July, 2023

Pupils celebrated their school's 90th anniversary with a nod to one of their former pupils, Slade's Don Powell.


Villiers Primary School completes its 90th full school year this month, and Year 6 pupils marked the occasion with a musical production called We Will Rock You.


A week of party activities also saw children enjoy bouncy castles and learn about the history of their school, with each year group focusing on a different decade. 


When the Prouds Lane school first opened, George V was King, Ramsey MacDonald was Prime Minister and Forest Mars produced the first Mars bar.


The school went on to become one of the largest primaries in Wolverhampton and, over the last 90 years, has only had eight headteachers. Last year it was rated Good by Ofsted and this summer achieved some of the highest Key Stage 2 SATS results in its history.


Headteacher Lisa Rogers said: "We were very excited to celebrate our school's 90th anniversary year, and to take our children on a trip down memory lane as they learned about the history of our school."


Councillor Chris Burden, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education, said: "I would like to wish Villiers Primary, and all its pupils, staff and parents, a very happy anniversary. Here's to the next 90 years!"



'Close-knit community' school rated Good by inspectors

Released: Wednesday 28 September, 2022

A Bilston primary school has been rated Good by Ofsted, with inspectors describing it as a 'close-knit community where everyone is valued'.

Inspectors visited Villiers Primary School just before the summer holidays and found that pupils feel safe, are polite and are well-mannered, and that the school’s ethos of ‘work hard, be kind’ is part of everyday life in school.

Pupils listen well and focus on their work in class, and there is a fun atmosphere on the playground.

Leaders, supported by SHINE Academies Trust, governors and the City of Wolverhampton Council, 'continue to improve the quality of education in the school'. They have 'overhauled and improved the curriculum and pupils achieve well as they progress'; even so, leaders are 'keen to develop the quality of education further'.

ts continuing journey of improvement."


Leaders have thought carefully about the structure and content of the curriculum. The early years curriculum gives children a solid start for future learning and, in all subjects, there is a deliberate focus on widening and developing pupils’ vocabulary.

Reading is a whole-school priority and, from the start, children develop their reading skills well. Leaders organise a range of special events throughout the year to promote the love of reading and pupils spoke enthusiastically to inspectors about the school’s 'reading sheds' and its book vending machine.

The curriculum is enriched through a varied range of activities, including trips to the theatre and local outdoor areas, and through after-school clubs.

Pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are fully included in lessons and all aspects of school life.

Staff at all levels ‘feel valued and staff morale appears high’. The arrangements for safeguarding are effective, with staff well trained and knowing exactly what to do if they have a concern about a pupil’s welfare.

Meanwhile, parents praise the way the school attends to their children’s education and their wider development, and 'value the attention to pupils’ different needs'.

In his report, lead inspector Wayne Simner concludes that Villiers Primary School continues to be a Good school.

Lisa-Anne Rogers, Headteacher of the Proud’s Lane school, said: "We’re very pleased with the report as it’s a great reflection of the children and staff’s hard work. We’re proud that our efforts have been recognised.”

Councillor Chris Burden, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Work, said: "I would like to congratulate Lisa and her team at Villiers Primary School on delivering such a high standard of education to their children.

"It is clear from this report that leaders are not content to rest on their laurels and are determined to raise standards even further and I am pleased that we, as a council, are able to support the school on its continuing journey of improvement."

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