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Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more

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Corpus Christi Primary School – Inadequate States Ofsted.

I had heard that the Corpus Christi Catholic Primary Academy – had its Ofsted Report Published on the 21st March 2018.

 I took a look at the report as there is many constituents who have their children attending this faith school.
The report is sober reading!

Ofsted determine that this school is – “Overall effectiveness Inadequate.”

The Ofsted inspection took place on the 7th February 2018. The report was published on March 21st 2018.

– The Ofsted report found that the Schools overall effectiveness was inadequate.

– That the Schools leadership and management was inadequate.

– That the Quality of teaching and learning and assessment was inadequate.

– Personal development, behaviour and welfare requires improvement.

– Outcomes for Personal development, behaviour and welfare,  Requires improvement

– Outcomes for pupils inadequate

– However the Early Years provision was Good!

“Sadly in my Ward of Wednesfield North we cannot afford to have continued poor results in our Local Schools. Our children only get one chance with education. Failure to deliver a good education affects their life choices, going forward. Their future must be better safe guarded, than it currently is,  and your Councillors will  be having a conversation with the Wolverhampton City Council about local children’s future schooling, and how pressure can be exerted on the School which is an Academy to improve its performance and quickly.”

School report

Corpus Christi Catholic Primary Academy Ashmore Avenue, Ashmore Park, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV11 2LT

Inspection dates 7–8 February 2018

Overall effectiveness Inadequate
Effectiveness of leadership and management Inadequate
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Inadequate
Personal development, behaviour and welfare Requires improvement
Outcomes for pupils Inadequate
Early years provision Good
Overall effectiveness at previous inspection Not previously inspected

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school

 There is not sufficient capacity in either leadership or governance. Leaders and governors have been too slow to tackle the declining performance of the school in leadership, teaching and outcomes since the school became an academy in 2015. Changes have been made too recently and too late to lead to any significant improvements.  The governing body (academy committee) failed to challenge leaders over the school providing an unacceptable standard of education.   Outcomes for pupils have declined over the last three years. Progress in reading was exceptionally low in 2017 for pupils in Year 6. Pupils currently in key stages 1 and 2 have not made enough progress in reading, writing and mathematics since the start of this academic year.   Outcomes for pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, disadvantaged pupils, boys and most-able pupils are low. The impact of additional funding is not evaluated sufficiently by leaders.  There is too much inconsistency in the quality of teaching and too many weaknesses remain. Monitoring of teaching is underdeveloped and not rigorous enough.   Where leaders have identified teaching assessment to be inaccurate, it is not being tackled quickly enough.  The outdated curriculum is not preparing pupils well for life in modern, culturally diverse Britain and the wider world. Stereotyped language and images are not sufficiently challenged. In some instances, they are promoted.

The school has the following strengths

 Provision and outcomes are good in early years. Children are well prepared for the start of key stage 1.  Those parents who responded to inspectors were universally positive about the impact of the recently appointed acting headteacher. They said relationships and communication were better. Staff were positive too.
 The physical education (PE) and sport premium funding is used and evaluated well to ensure numerous sporting opportunities for pupils.  Pupils’ attitudes to others and relationships between different groups of pupils are strong, as is their spiritual, moral and social development.

Inspection report: Corpus Christi Catholic Primary Academy, 7–8 February 2018 Page 2 of 14

Full report

In accordance with section 44(1) of the Education Act 2005, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector is of the opinion that this school requires special measures because it is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the persons responsible for leading, managing or governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school.

What does the school need to do to improve further?

 Increase capacity of leadership and governance in order to: – monitor and evaluate teaching more rigorously to ensure that it is rapidly improving – hold teachers to account for the progress of different groups of learners, including boys, disadvantaged pupils, those who have SEN and/or disabilities, and most-able pupils  – ensure that action plans have clear and measurable intended outcomes which indicate who is responsible for taking action and then monitoring and evaluating the plans  – ensure that teachers’ assessment is consistently accurate – secure strong leadership for SEN and the pupil premium – develop a curriculum that prepares pupils well for life in modern Britain – make sure that governors challenge and support leaders  – engage more with external partners to provide robust and objective challenge – reduce absence and persistent absence further so that these are in line with the national average – overhaul the school’s website so that it meets the Department for Education (DfE) requirements for academies.  Improve outcomes in key stages 1 and 2, especially in reading, and for boys, disadvantaged pupils, those who have SEN and/or disabilities and most-able pupils by: – ensuring that teaching is consistently at least good – ensuring that teachers’ planning focuses on meeting the needs of these pupils so they can make rapid progress – ensuring that additional funding is appropriately targeted and evaluated to ensure that it is leading to rapid improvements in outcomes for pupils – providing pupils with the opportunity to develop their phonics skills in key stage 2 in order to acquire a higher standard of reading – extending activities for reasoning and problem solving to enable more pupils to work in greater depth in mathematics – setting expectations for writing that are high across all subjects.  Promote pupils’ cultural development so that they have a better understanding of their

Inspection report: Corpus Christi Catholic Primary Academy, 7–8 February 2018 Page 3 of 14

locality, the UK and wider world by: – extending their knowledge and understanding of other faiths and cultures  – ensuring that their understanding of the wider world is more balanced towards the modern age  – ensuring that cultural stereotypes are removed and consistently challenged.

An external review of governance and an external review of the school’s use of the pupil premium should be undertaken in order to assess how these aspects of leadership and management may be improved.

I strongly recommend that the school does not appoint newly qualified teachers.

Essington Homes Bid.

Even More Bids for More House Building On Essington’s Green Belt!

Blimey even more housing is being bid for Essington. This morning I received confirmation from Wolverhampton City Council that more housing is being bid to South Staffordshire District Council – just a few short yards away from Wednesfield North boundary where Kitchen Lane links with High Hill.

Here is what is being called for.- Emery Planning is instructed by HIMOR (Land) Ltd to submit the land at High Hill, Essington to the Council as part of the Councils ongoing consultations and evidence to inform the emerging Black Country Core Strategy Review. A site location plan is enclosed. HIMOR is an established strategic land promotion company with a track record of delivering sites of this nature. HIMOR has recently reached agreement with the landowners to promote the site. We therefore wish to put the site forward now so that it can be considered for an allocation for residential or mixed use development in the Core Strategy Review. The site comprises approximately 5.6 hectares, and is presently used for agriculture (grazing).

It is bordered by existing residential development to the west, Brownshore Lakes to the north, Brownshore Lane to the east and High Hill to the south with existing dwellings beyond. Initial assessments indicate that the site could accommodate in the region of 150 dwellings. Although the site is currently designated as Green Belt, it is bound by the settlement of Essington and existing permanent development to all sides. The land makes very little, if any, contribution to the Green Belt purposes. HIMOR has undertaken initial technical assessments, including access and highways capacity.

Now it seems that this is an open season on Essington, and any little bit of land that is coloured green on the maps, is likely to be bid for- for House building!


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Beware Parking Around New Cross Hospital- It Could Be Costly!

I want my constituents to be very much aware of an issue that has been developing around a privately owned Parking site close to New Cross Hospital

Please be very careful if you use this site….Here is what one of my constituents have said about it in a written statement to me.

“I fell foul of Parking Eye on the 15th of March , with all New Cross parking spaces full and desperate to make an out patients appointment I pulled on the car park adjacent to Bentley Bridge after seeing  ‘a park here sign.’

This was a big mistake as there is no payment facility offered, just signs that ask you to use your phone, so you go through a 4 to 5 minutes keypad command to set up an account , which they then confirm , following this you again use your phones keypad to add debit card details after which they confirm payment, difficult for the old and infirm to navigate .

The following week I received a demand for £100, if paid within 2 weeks £60, identifying my car and personal details through DVLA  .

You can appeal on line, which I did , no reply from Parking Eye, then a day or 2 before 14 days,I received a further reminder , so paid £60 . Low and behold 3 days later I received my Bank statement with a payment of £3.20 for the parking , Now I am livid and will be requested return of all monies and compensation for the duress , stress and having to request a new debit card , will keep you informed .”

Please be very careful, even if you are in a hurry for a New Cross appointment.

I have asked Wolverhampton City Council Trading Standards team to investigate, but in the meantime please be very careful where, and how you park., it could be costly!

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Bin Request Refused!

I recently received a request from residents about a rubbish bin that used to be attached close to a bus stop in Peacock Avenue which went missing. I requested that a new bin be fitted in its place….

Sadly the response I have received from the City Council is negative on the request.

Here is what has been written to me….” A member of team visited the location on a number of occasions and reports no major issues with regards to litter some cigarette butts were present but no more than the norm at most bus stops across the City.On the basis of the feedback reports back above a litter bin will not be fitted.”

I will gladly receive your comments and photos if you have any of the problem….my email address is  –


Indoor Bowling

Councillors Call For Water re-Connection!

Wednesfield North Councillors are working with Ashmore Park Bowling Club to get their water supply re-connected, in time for the advent of the new Bowling season.

The water supply may have been affected by the deep freeze weather we have had recently.

Councillor Mary Bateman said ” We are however on the case, and will do our best for it  to be connected soon.”

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We Need Your Opinion – Now!

There has been a big explosion of interest in the Black Country Core Strategy and the implications it could have on housing and the Greenbelt that has been in use for decades. Essington and Wednesfield have been protected from merging by the stringent regulation and operation of Greenbelt policy. With these proposals your Wednesfield North Councillors are now looking to understand your views as to the consultation. If you can take a few minutes to complete this survey, it would be appreciated!


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A Look Back At Wednesfield North Labour Party History!

I was looking at the Wednesfield North Labour Party minutes book last night . I had open the page relating to the 9th January Meeting 1994, some 24 years ago.

The names of those attending that meeting were instantly recognisable – We had three Labour Councillors then as we have today. They were Councillor Gillian Walton. Councillor Gwen Stafford Good, and Councillor Phil Bateman. Also in attendance was Bob Jones, (Still a Labour Member) and still attending meetings! Len Davies, Iris Major (Iris is still a Party member) a real stalwart of the Party. Doug Legg, Alan Radford, and Mary Bateman.

We held a one minutes silence for the passing away of an Ashmore Park Legend – Bernard Gandy. Branch members stood in silence for Bernard as a means of  respect. Bernard was a longstanding member of the Wednesfield North Labour Party. He was a Councillor on Wednesfield Urban District Council.

The main issues discussed at the meeting was

  • Correspondence from Wolverhampton North East CLP re the vacancy for the Euro -Coordinator for the forthcoming European Elections.
  • The shortage of Education Psychologists
  • Rumours about the Ashmore Park Co-Op closing
  • The condition of the roads and the complaints about gritting, and pot holes!
  • The new investment being made in Oak Meadow School
  • The Pedestrian Crossing on the Lichfield Road
  • Letter from Ken Purchase MP praising the excellent Ward Reports!

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he Ashmore Park Tenants and Residents Association Chairman. He was a good man and did much good work for Ashmore Park. He had recently passed away, and the Branch instructed the Secretary to write to his widow expressing sympathy and condolences.

Councillors Reports

Cllr Stafford Good reported that she had attended the Police Consultative Committee, acted to assist Gary Cooper at Hodson House, with regards to a toilet, and had involved herself with the Garden development there. Gwen then informed the Branch she had informed the MAYOR and  had written to Joan, Bernards widow – about his huge contribution to Wednesfield and Wolverhampton.

Councillor Gill Walton – Raised some issues relating to a public meeting with residents living above the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade, which was held at Corpus Christi School. Also a meeting held at Moat House Lane Depot on the 17th January for local residents. She suggested that the new cable TV which was taking place on Ashmore Park would play havoc with the footpaths.

Councillor Phil Bateman – reported that – We had campaigned against the sale of the sports fields at Jennie Lee School. Wednesfield North had led the expose of the 83 children who were waiting for occupational therapy in Primary Schools in Wolverhampton. He also spoke about the death of Bernard Gandy. He appealed for the need to boost Labour Party membership in Wednesfield North. He told the Branch that they should prepare for a dirty campaign in this years Local Elections.

Any Other Business

  • The Branch were told of a Public Meeting being scheduled for 14th Jan 1994 with Malcolm Wicks MP the speaker. It was about the Child Support Agency.
  • Another Public meeting 3rd March 1994 – With Peter Hain MP –  ON THE ‘FUTURE OF THE LABOUR PARTY.

Doug Legg raised a number of questions about the funding of the Youth Club, Councillors responded to Doug’s requests, He also raised the issue about the need to have a new Community Centre on land close to the Youth Club.

The Branch agreed to have a horse racing night on the 9th April to raise funds for the Wednesfield North Party.

Chairman Bob Jones signed the Minutes as being true and correct….




Councillor Mary Bateman.  Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix

Councillor Warns Of Increased Theft From Cars!

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Proposal – 2,500 Homes on Essington – Wednesfield Boundary!

Wednesfield North City Councillors said today “We fear that this Strategic Plan has put the cat amongst the pigeons!”

Wednesfield North Councillors said “Developers and constructors have made it known yesterday of their keenness   to look at sites to develop homes along the Green Belt within in Essington and in Staffordshire, and the beautiful amenity that gives Wednesfield North residents the  only ‘big sky’ vista available in this part of the City. This landscape which has remained unchanged for centuries is now clearly under threat.

The Wolverhampton North East border at Wednesfield North, is being earmarked for a huge 2,500 home development, massive in size and area, and running along side the Essington and Wednesfield Boundary. The plans also want to see even more homes in similar style alongside the Bushbury Staffordshire Boundary.

This land is attracting big attention…. Whilst it is important to flag up that at this stage the Councils are simply publishing the ‘call for sites’ information which has been submitted through a public consultation. 

Nevertheless we know how our Community  will feel and how angry and upset they will be at the implication of construction on this site and others along the City border over the next twenty years, as valued Green Belt land as from today becomes the target for house building.

City Officers have informed your Councillors that “No assessment has been made of the relative merits of these sites, and no decisions have yet been taken.”

They inform your Wednesfield North Councillors that all of the sites will be considered against planning criteria as part of the Black Country Core Strategy Review, following a joint Green Belt review with South Staffordshire Council programmed to take place during 2018.

The responses to the Issues and Options consultation included ‘call for sites’ submissions, where landowners and developers put sites forward for consideration in the review.

 The consultation responses and details of the ‘call for sites’ submissions was made public on 12 March.

The next stage of the Plan process will be a Preferred Spatial Options report, due to be published in late 2018.  There will be extensive public consultation at this stage, which will inform development of the final Plan.”

Councillor Phil and Mary Bateman with Councillor Rita Potter said “Let us state from the outset, Wednesfield North Councillors are strongly against the development of Green Belt and the loss of any further agricultural land North of Linthouse Lane and Kitchen Lane.

We will strongly object to the loss of these amenities, and we will fight to ensure that there is no merging via the 2,500 homes identified for potential construction along our border with Essington and Ashmore Park.

Adding thousands of homes in Essington and marching them right up to Linthouse Lane and Kitchen Lane will alter dramatically the area that our residents enjoy as amenity. We feel that our community will be strongly against these proposals.

We note from the City Officer comments that there will be extensive consultations later this year about these proposals, and we serve notice now that our team of Labour Councillors will be vociferous as we aim to reflect what our constituent’s views will be.”

Please note our strong feelings and our determination to reflect what our constituents will want.