Bishop Bridgeman CofE Primary School

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About Bishop Bridgeman CofE Primary School

Name Bishop Bridgeman CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Principal Mrs Hafsha Hafeji
Address Rupert Street, Bolton, BL3 6PY
Phone Number 01204333466
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 461
Local Authority Bolton
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils, including children in the early years, are happy to attend this caring school. They are greeted warmly by their teachers as they arrive at school each morning.

Pupils feel safe. They are proud of the rich variety of backgrounds the school serves. Everyone is made to feel welcome.

Parents and carers are highly positive about the support their children receive.

Leaders have high expectations for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Children in the early years settle well into school life quickly.

Pupils throughout school achieve well.

Pupils behave very well. They are polite and respect...ful to each other and adults.

Pupils get on with their work without disruption and try hard. They listen attentively and respond to questions from staff enthusiastically. Pupils know what to do if bullying ever occurs, and they trust that staff will sort it out quickly.

Leaders' kind and caring ethos permeates everything that pupils do. For example, pupils take on the responsibility of being children's chaplains. This teaches them how to look after each other and supports them to resolve any minor friendship issues.

Pupils enjoy the range of additional responsibilities available to them.

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

Leaders have designed an ambitious curriculum and they make it clear to teachers what pupils should learn and when this knowledge should be taught. Staff help pupils to make connections between subjects.

For example, teachers have carefully chosen reading texts to support the topics that pupils are learning. They use a range of methods to encourage pupils to remember more. For instance, teachers ensure that pupils recall information regularly that they have learned in previous years.

This helps pupils to secure a rich body of subject knowledge.

Similarly, children in the early years benefit from a well-planned and ambitious curriculum. However, in a small number of subjects, leaders have not thought carefully enough about how the curriculum is organised from the early years through to Year 6.

Leaders prioritise reading from the moment that children start school. Children in the early years are surrounded by an environment where books are held in high regard. Staff read high-quality texts to pupils in every class.

Leaders ensure that pupils experience stories from a broad range of authors. Pupils, including children in the early years, enjoy listening to their teachers read to them. For example, they were proud to showcase work around the school based on texts that they had read or listened to previously.

Early reading starts in the Nursery Year where children learn rhymes and songs. This helps them to learn the sounds that they need to be able to read. As children enter the Reception Year, they build on this learning well.

Leaders have introduced a new phonics programme. They have ensured that all staff are trained well to deliver this programme effectively. Books are carefully matched to the sounds that pupils know.

Pupils and children enjoy taking their books home to read with parents and carers. However, some older pupils do not read as fluently as they should. Leaders have put effective support in place for these pupils that is helping them to catch up in reading.

Pupils with SEND learn the same curriculum as their peers. They are supported well by staff to keep up with their peers. Leaders have effective systems in place to identify the needs of this group of pupils.

From time to time, there are some slight weaknesses in how some teachers adapt the delivery of the curriculum for some pupils with SEND. However, leaders have firm plans and effective support for staff in place to address this.

Pupils and children in the early years behave very well in lessons and at social times.

Leaders have introduced a behaviour policy which is followed consistently well by staff and is clearly understood by pupils. The members of the junior leadership team, made up of pupils in key stage 2, have contributed their ideas to the changes made to the reward system. Pupils talked with pride about how these changes had ensured a fairer approach to rewards for their peers.

Pupils expect to be part of the solution for any problems that arise at this school. For example, they sit proudly on the ethos committee or the children's chaplaincy group. Pupils have also renamed their house teams and welcome the opportunity to be house captains.

Recent work completed in the school has encouraged pupils not to be bystanders.

Leaders provide a range of experiences for pupils to develop socially and culturally. Pupils have access to a broad range of physical and sporting activities throughout the school day, including before school and at lunchtime.

They have visited places of worship as part of their work in religious education. Added to this, leaders hosted a conference where pupils prepared and delivered speeches to pupils from other schools. Although some pupils found this challenging, they were keen to explain that they felt proud that they had overcome their fears.

Staff feel valued and are very happy working at this school. They know that senior leaders and those responsible for governance are cognisant of their workload. Staff appreciate the consideration given to their well-being.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have ensured that staff are trained regularly to identify any signs that a pupil may be at risk. There is a strong culture of safeguarding.

Staff know how to report their concerns and they understand the systems that they should use to record these.

Leaders have worked with a range of agencies to support families. Leaders also utilise the strong relationships with families to offer early help and additional support from staff when needed.

Pupils learn how to keep themselves safe online. They understand what to do if they need help. Pupils, including children in the early years, learn about healthy relationships and know what it means to be a good friend.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In one or two subjects, leaders have not thought carefully enough about how the curriculum is organised from the early years through to Year 6. This hinders the continuity of learning for some pupils as they move through the school. Leaders should ensure that they consider more thoughtfully how children's learning in the early years supports their learning in other year groups.

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