Belgrave St Bartholomew’s Academy

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Belgrave St Bartholomew’s Academy

Name Belgrave St Bartholomew’s Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 01 March 2017
Address Sussex Place, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST3 4TP
Phone Number 01782235523
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 503 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.8
Academy Sponsor St Bart's Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority Stoke-on-Trent
Percentage Free School Meals 11.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 70%
Persisitent Absence 6.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. Belgrave St Bartholomew’s Academy is larger than the average-sized primary school. It has a two-form entry with Nursery provision. The school has been an academy since April 2011. Three quarters of the pupils are from minority ethnic groups, with the vast majority of these being of Pakistani heritage. Almost two thirds of pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium funding is above the national average. The proportion of pupils with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs at a stage of support is below the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Belgrave St Bartholomew’s Academy is the lead school in the Britannia Teaching School Alliance. Belgrave St Bartholomew’s Academy runs a multi-academy trust, which includes sponsored academies. The executive principal is a national leader of education and there are specialist leaders of education within the staff. This expertise is used to support other schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The executive principal and the principal have high aspirations and uncompromising ambition to secure the very best outcomes for all pupils. Together, they have built on the school’s many strengths to create an environment where pupils and staff excel. Leaders at every level share a strong moral purpose. Pupils’ well-being and readiness for the future are central and inform all decisions. Every adult in the school is committed to ensuring that pupils are given every opportunity to succeed socially, emotionally, creatively and academically. The quality of teaching is outstanding. Teachers have strong subject knowledge, which they combine with skilled questioning to extend pupils’ thinking and deepen their understanding. A large proportion of pupils start school with English as an additional language. Many have no English at all. Leaders ensure that the environment is language rich. Consequently, pupils acquire English rapidly and make excellent progress. The school curriculum is enriched with opportunities for pupils to engage in a wide range of activities. However, the standard of pupils’ writing can vary across the curriculum. The early years provision is extremely well managed. Children rapidly develop skills across all aspects of learning, including independence and social skills. Though achievement is very strong in the early years, boys do not always secure the same rapid rates of progress as girls. Learning environments are of the highest quality. Displays support learning and celebrate achievement. The professional development of staff is a priority. Leaders have created a culture where staff are open to innovation and change. Belgrave St Bartholomew’s Academy is the lead school for Britannia Teaching School Alliance. As a result of this partnership, teachers receive exceptional professional development, which enables them to make swift and sustained improvements to their practice. Pupils constantly demonstrate the school’s values and high expectations through exemplary behaviour. They respect adults and each other. They work collaboratively, showing tolerance and sensitivity to the needs of others. Despite the relentless work of leaders, rates of attendance are variable from year to year and are below those found nationally.