Belgrave Primary School

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About Belgrave Primary School

Name Belgrave Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Ms Juliette Benton
Address Five Ashes Road, Westminster Park, Chester, CH4 7QS
Phone Number 01244421332
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 210
Local Authority Cheshire West and Chester
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are proud of their school and they feel safe and happy. They said that their school is 'like a family' where everyone is welcome.

Pupils' behaviour and conduct are exemplary. They are highly respectful of staff and of one another. Pupils value learning.

They understand the importance of attending school every day. Pupils pride themselves on maintaining excellent attendance and punctuality.

Pupils, including children in early years, respond well to the high expectations that the school has for their achievement.

Pupils are curious learners. They have high aspirations for their next steps. Overall, pupils achieve well across the curriculum.
Pupils relish the wider opportunities that the school provides. The extensive range of clubs on offer are well attended by pupils, including those pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and disadvantaged pupils. These activities include choir, football, yoga and archery.

Pupils benefit from a plethora of opportunities to make a positive contribution to the life of the school. They approach their leadership roles with maturity. This includes being a school ambassador or a member of the eco-council.

Older pupils act as buddies to children in early years and pupils in key stage 1.

The school ensures that pupils are acutely aware of the importance of keeping healthy and safe. This includes when working and playing online.

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

Reading has a high priority at this school. Highly trained staff deliver the phonics programme consistently well. The books that pupils read are carefully matched to their phonics knowledge.

Skilled staff support pupils who struggle to read to catch up quickly. Older pupils are confident readers. They spoke passionately and articulately about books that they have enjoyed.

The school's curriculum is ambitious, including in early years. In most subjects, the curriculum is well organised. Where this is the case, teachers develop the necessary expertise to deliver subject content to pupils effectively.

The activities that teachers design help pupils to achieve well in these subjects. The school has a range of assessment systems that staff use skilfully in most subjects to identify and address pupils' misconceptions. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage in their education because most achieve secure outcomes by the end of key stage 2.

Oversight of the delivery of the curriculum is underdeveloped in a small number of subjects. In these subjects, on occasion, some teachers do not teach some aspects of the curriculum. At times, teachers do not design learning that builds on what pupils already know.

This hinders some pupils from building a deep and rich body of subject knowledge over time.

The school caters well for pupils with SEND. Staff identify pupils' additional needs swiftly.

From time to time, some teachers are unclear about how to adapt the delivery of the curriculum for pupils with SEND. This means that some pupils with SEND do not learn as well as they should.

The school has the highest expectations for pupils' behaviour.

Children in early years settle quickly into the routines of school life. They have highly positive attitudes towards learning and they are attentive in lessons. Lunchtimes are harmonious.

Pupils are kind and considerate towards one another.

The school places a strong emphasis on promoting pupils' wider personal development. They do this in consultation with parents and carers.

Pupils enjoy the rich and diverse range of experiences in which they can take part. Pupils spoke about how these experiences help them to develop positive learning habits, such as independence, resilience and creativity, through their learning. Pupils were proud to talk about why equality is important to them.

They learn about, and celebrate, the differences between people. Pupils, including those with SEND, are exceptionally well prepared for life in modern Britain.

The local governing body is fully informed about the quality of education for pupils.

Members of the local governing body are well supported by the trust. Together, the local governing body and the trustees offer appropriate support and challenge to the school.

Staff feel that leaders care about them.

Morale is high. The school is mindful of the workload of staff. Before implementing new strategies, the school consults staff about the impact of these changes on their work–life balance.

The school works closely with parents. For example, it ensures that communication with parents about their children's learning is informative and useful.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a few subjects, some teachers do not deliver the curriculum in the way that the school intends. On occasion, this hinders some pupils from building on their prior knowledge and others from learning as deeply as they could. The school should ensure that, in these subjects, there are appropriate systems in place to check that teachers deliver the curriculum consistently well.

In some subjects, teachers do not adapt the delivery of the curriculum to meet the needs of some pupils with SEND. This means that these pupils do not learn as well as they should. The school should ensure that teachers are fully equipped to adapt the delivery of the curriculum successfully for pupils with SEND.

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