Beaver Road Primary School

Name Beaver Road Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 20 September 2011
Address Beaver Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6SX
Phone Number 01614459337
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 746 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.2
Academy Sponsor M20 Learning Trust
Local Authority Manchester
Percentage Free School Meals 6.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 17.6%
Persisitent Absence 6.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

This is a very large primary school, with nursery provision, in a suburban area of a large city. Just over half the pupils are White British, with the remainder coming from a wide variety of minority-ethnic backgrounds. About a quarter of pupils speak English as an additional language, a high proportion. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals is a little below average and is falling. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average. There is a private nursery provision on the school site, as well as a before- and after-school club. Both of these are managed independently of the school and are inspected and reported upon separately. 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

Main findings

The school has made major improvements since the previous inspection and now provides an outstanding education for its pupils. As a result pupils’ achievement is excellent. Attainment is high and has been significantly above average in English and mathematics for several years. Pupils make outstanding progress in class because of excellent teaching and an innovative and exciting curriculum that engages their interest and enthusiasm. They make exceptionally good progress in reading and in mathematics. The school has accurately identified that progress in writing, whilst good, has not been as consistently strong and has introduced changes to the curriculum to address this issue. Pupils’ concentration and behaviour are outstanding as they work very hard to fulfil their teachers’ high expectations. They enjoy school greatly and feel very safe and secure, having great confidence in the support they know they will receive from adults. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. Boys and girls from different backgrounds have excellent relationships, collaborate extremely well in class and play together happily outdoors. The high levels of pastoral care for all are complemented by excellent provision to support pupils who have particular needs, ensuring that everyone is included in the life of the school, academically and socially. Driving the many improvements have been outstanding leadership and management from a strongly cohesive senior management team, who receive excellent direction and support from the headteacher and governing body. High-quality self-evaluation ensures that issues are identified, shared and tackled. In particular, the rigorous tracking of pupils’ progress, improved in the past year by a sophisticated, computer-based system, means that any individual who falls behind is identified quickly and appropriate support is provided. The monitoring of lessons by senior staff has enabled feedback and support to colleagues, helping them improve their practice and greatly improving the quality of teaching and learning. A tremendous improvement has been made in the Nursery and Reception classes, a weakness at the last inspection. Provision is now outstanding, giving young children an extremely good start to their education. The good track record shows that the school has an excellent capacity to build on its success.