Beecroft Primary School

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About Beecroft Primary School

Name Beecroft Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss J A Turner
Address Eden Way, Leeds, LS4 2TF
Phone Number 01132618820
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 329
Local Authority Leeds
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

This is a school that has huge ambition for pupils. Pupils join the school from a variety of different backgrounds, but all receive an education that provides them with the best possible start in life.

Pupils make exceptional progress through the curriculum. Pupils rapidly learn to read and develop an expansive vocabulary. They develop an excellent understanding of how their knowledge can be applied across different subjects.

In the words of one pupil, 'It's like a spider diagram – everything links together.'

Pupils are extremely well behaved, polite and well mannered. Pupils have an appetite for learning.

They have a real pride in their school and ...have opportunities to lead and support others. For example, pupils who are members of the Art Council manage a budget and have bought resources to help enthuse other pupils about creative subjects.

Pupils never miss a learning opportunity.

For example, pupils are given a budget to make and sell items for local charities, such as St. George's Crypt. They then analyse sales data to see how they could improve profits and the amount of money raised.

Pupils are safe at the school. They learn how to keep themselves mentally and physically healthy, and they know where they can seek support if needed.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school has developed a curriculum that has the highest ambitions for pupils.

Leaders constantly evaluate, refine and improve the curriculum, which goes well beyond statutory content. Leaders are determined that all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), are included and participate in all aspects of the curriculum and wider school life. Leaders ensure that the curriculum begins in early years and that children quickly grasp essential knowledge.

This unlocks the ambitious learning opportunities in subsequent years.

The school uses an evidence-based 'five-a-day' approach to teaching and learning. Pupils are assessed during learning activities.

Gaps in knowledge are quickly identified and addressed. Pupils regularly revisit learning through recaps, rehearsals and quizzes. As a result, pupils make rapid progress through the curriculum and develop highly detailed knowledge and understanding.

For example, pupils in Year 4 can explain complex science phenomena such as changes in states of matter. They can accurately use subject-specific vocabulary.

Teachers are well trained and knowledgeable about the range of subjects they teach.

Teachers skilfully provide opportunities for pupils to apply learning across a range of subjects. As a result, pupils remember and apply their knowledge. For example, children in early years learn vocabulary that helps them to understand geography.

They then create imaginary maps, using stories as a stimulus. Pupils in older year groups apply design and mathematical skills to create scaled three dimensional models of mountains.

The school prioritises reading and the development of vocabulary.

Children in early years have access to dual language books, which ensures that language is no barrier to developing an early love of reading. Children enjoy story time sessions, rhymes and songs. By engaging in role play linked to stories, children practise new vocabulary with expression.

Pupils in older year groups read fluently and show enthusiasm about the books they are reading.

Pupils make exceptional progress with reading. Weaker readers are immediately identified and receive additional support.

Phonics sessions are consistently well taught and allow pupils to develop their speech, language and understanding. Pupils quicky learn to transcribe letters and words accurately. They learn to review, revise and proofread their work regularly.

Pupils' behaviour is impeccable. Routines are well established, and expectations are reinforced consistently by all staff. Pupils are taught expectations from the early years upwards.

Children in early years sit quietly and listen attentively. Pupils self-regulate their behaviour well. For example, pupils in the dining hall take pride in their surroundings and tidy areas without being prompted.

Pupils enjoy learning, and almost all attend school regularly.

Pupils benefit from an outstanding programme of personal development. They learn about a range of pertinent topics such as bullying, democracy and positive and negative influences.

Pupils can explain differences and similarities between various world religions. They can explain how to keep themselves safe online. All pupils participate in a vibrant selection of extra-curricular activities, such as arts and crafts, cricket and drama.

The school links the curriculum to personal development in imaginative ways. For example, pupils at an enterprise club use design and technology to produce keyrings and bug hotels, which are then sold to support the local homeless shelter. Pupils take on active leadership roles and influence the school.

For example, pupils belonging to the school council have worked with leaders to revise the school's behaviour policy.

Leaders are innovative and relentless in removing all possible barriers to pupils' learning. More experienced leaders coach teachers with less experience to develop their skills.

Staff are proud to work at the school and have a good work-life balance. Governors provide effective challenge and support for school leaders.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

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