Bevois Town Primary School

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About Bevois Town Primary School

Name Bevois Town Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Headteacher Sarah Sadler
Address Cedar Road, Southampton, SO14 6RU
Phone Number 02380221467
Phase Primary
Type Foundation school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 408
Local Authority Southampton
Highlights from Latest Inspection


There has been no change to this school's overall judgement of good as a result of this ungraded (section 8) inspection.

However, the evidence gathered suggests that the inspection grade might be outstanding if a graded (section 5) inspection were carried out now. The school's next inspection will be a graded inspection.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are truly encouraged to 'smile, sparkle and shine' at this school.

They have every opportunity to do their very best. The school's high ambition for all pupils to learn detailed knowledge and skills is evident from the very moment they join the school. Many pupils speak English as an additional language.
...r/>The school is meticulous in supporting these pupils to learn. All pupils rise to adults' high expectations. Pupils work hard, show resilience and determination and achieve exceptionally well.

Pupils benefit from a wide range of opportunities that enrich their education. Specialist workshops develop pupils' broader knowledge. Most recently, these have included an orchestral workshop led by university students and a session about stopping racism.

Pupils' learning is also enhanced through carefully considered visits to places such as an ancient farm, different places of worship and to local museums.

Pupils act with high levels of respect towards each other and towards adults. Pupils listen to one another with maturity when discussing their ideas.

In conversations they build on each other's comments and readily consider differing viewpoints. Pupils value diversity. They are rightly proud of how their school welcomes people from many cultures.

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

The school's carefully constructed curriculum identifies the important knowledge and skills that pupils must learn in all subjects. A well-organised sequence of learning ensures that pupils connect ideas together and develop deep understanding. A strong focus on explaining ideas verbally and developing vocabulary supports pupils to explain their thinking with confidence and clarity.

For example, pupils in Year 6 can explain how migration and trade have enabled Southampton to develop as a port. They have a strong understanding about how this has affected the size and the population of the city over time.

The school has many pupils who join partway through their primary education.

A high proportion of these pupils have recently moved to the United Kingdom. The school is determined that these pupils should do well. Support for those pupils at the earliest stages of learning to speak, read and write the English language is highly effective.

These pupils make strong progress during their time at the school.

Teachers' subject knowledge is strong. They explain information clearly and use carefully selected strategies to support all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to learn well.

Teachers check pupils' understanding regularly. They expertly identify and address what pupils do not know before introducing new content. This includes identifying the additional help that pupils with SEND may require.

Furthermore, teachers make sure that the knowledge pupils must remember is revisited and reviewed frequently. This gives pupils every opportunity to remember their learning and achieve exceptionally well.

The school rightly prioritises teaching pupils to read.

Pupils learn to read using a rigorous and well-structured programme. This is taught well right from the start of Reception. An impressive array of bespoke support is in place for those pupils who need additional help with reading.

Well-trained staff deliver this support expertly. Pupils are encouraged to love reading. Carefully chosen books, linked to curriculum topics, broaden pupils' vocabulary and understanding of language.

Pupils' behaviour is excellent. At breaktimes, pupils play well together. They make sure that everyone is included in their games.

Pupils move around the school calmly and purposefully. They do not waste time. The school has worked hard to improve attendance.

A rigorous system of identifying and addressing the causes of absence has ensured that most pupils attend school regularly.

The school's work to promote pupils' wider development is of high quality. Pupils are proud that they play an active part in improving their school, such as by working together to create the forest school area in the grounds.

Pupils strive to make a real difference to causes that are close to their hearts. They learn the importance of caring for others through collecting essential items and raising money to support refugees and homeless people. Pupils eagerly explain how the buddy programme provides support to those who arrive at the school speaking little or no English.

Pairing with someone who speaks the same home language helps new pupils to settle in quickly.

All staff and governors promote a real sense of shared ambition for all. Staff feel well supported to focus on the aspects of their work that make the most difference to pupils' learning.

Every member of this school community does their utmost to ensure that all pupils experience success in their education.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Background

When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in October 2018.

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