Bare Trees Primary School

Name Bare Trees Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Holly Grove, Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 0DX
Phone Number 01615034260
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 658 (52.9% boys 47.1% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.5
Local Authority Oldham
Percentage Free School Meals 19.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 91.8%
Persistent Absence 6.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (05 July 2012)
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Information about the school

Bare Trees Primary School was formed in 2008 following the amalgamation of the infant and junior schools of the same name. It is about twice the size of the average primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is above the national average. Almost 90% of pupils are of Bangladeshi heritage. The remaining pupils are mainly of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is exceptionally high and the majority speak very little or no English when they join the Early Years Foundation Stage. The proportion of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school meets the current floor standards that set the government’s minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The school provides and manages before-school care for a number of pupils. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Key Findings

This is an outstanding school. It provides pupils with an exceptionally safe and caring environment which, coupled with teaching of the highest quality at every stage, ensures that pupils enjoy school greatly and achieve outstandingly well given their starting points. Pupils make very rapid and secure progress as they move up through the school. The majority of children join the Early Years Foundation Stage speaking very little or no English. By the time they leave the school, attainment is above average in English and mathematics. The school’s highly effective focus on developing pupils’ speaking skills and their confidence as learners is consistent across all key stages. It pays huge dividends and makes sure that every pupil is outstandingly well prepared for future success. Teachers are exceptionally knowledgeable and provide pupils with exciting tasks that fully stimulate their learning. A recently refined system for tracking pupils’ attainment and progress has been introduced. Most teaching uses assessment data astutely to provide tasks that are appropriately challenging and closely matched to the needs and abilities of different groups of pupils. On a very few occasions, however, the level of challenge is a little too low or too high for some pupils. Pupils’ attitudes to learning and their behaviour in lessons and around the school are exemplary. Pupils are confident and courteous to each other, adults and visitors. They feel exceptionally safe in school. Attendance is consistently above average for all groups of pupils. Leadership and management, including that of the governing body, are outstanding. Leaders and managers provide an outstanding curriculum that stimulates learning and supports pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development exceptionally well. The management of performance is used very astutely to provide a constant and highly effective focus on driving up the quality of teaching and learning.