Belvidere Primary School

Name Belvidere Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 16 October 2012
Address Tenbury Drive, Telford Estate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 5YB
Phone Number 01743365211
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 278 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.5
Local Authority Shropshire
Percentage Free School Meals 9.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3%
Persisitent Absence 5.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is smaller than the average primary school. The proportion of pupils who are supported through the pupil premium is slightly below average compared to schools nationally. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is close to the national average but the proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of educational needs is above average. Almost all the pupils at the school are from White British backgrounds. Very few pupils are known to speak English as an additional language. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. All pupils make good progress and they do particularly well in the older classes. The school’s results have improved a lot over the last two years. Pupils’ writing has improved strongly because : the school has made it a priority and all teachers approach its teaching in the same way. Teaching and learning are good across the school and some teaching is outstanding. Teachers help pupils to do work that is the very best they can. In most lessons, pupils are challenged by the work they are given, which is a good match to their abilities. Pupils enjoy the varied work they do that involves computers because this is well planned and complements the tasks teachers set. Teachers make good use of technology to help pupils learn. Pupils enjoy being at the school and like the way they are taught. They also feel safe because the school has developed good routines and systems for behaviour that are used the same way by all staff. As a result, behaviour is good. The headteacher is a very effective leader and, supported by an able senior team, has made a very positive impact on the quality of teaching and learning in the school. The governing body knows the school well and works hard to make sure that any weaknesses are addressed and improvements put in place. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In some lessons, teachers do not give pupils enough opportunities to learn on their own, to check each other’s work or to decide how to approach challenging problems. Some of the questions teachers ask do not lead to better understanding for pupils because they are too simple. Senior leaders do not encourage enough middle leaders to take responsibility for making improvements in the quality of teaching.