Bitterne Manor Primary School

Name Bitterne Manor Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Quayside Road, Bitterne Manor, Southampton, SO18 1DP
Phone Number 02380227596
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 262 (49.6% boys 50.4% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.3
Local Authority Southampton
Percentage Free School Meals 26%
Percentage English is Not First Language 29.4%
Persistent Absence 6.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.3%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

Bitterne Manor is an average-sized primary school.

The school has expanded by 30 pupils this year. The additional Reception class will move into Year 1 and Reception will return to 30 pupils in autumn 2016. The 'bulge' class will move through the school.

The pre-school on the school site is not managed by the school and was not part of this inspection. A quarter of pupils are entitled to the pupil premium and this is broadly the national average. Almost a quarter of pupils speak English as an additional language and this is above the national average.

The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities supported by the school is above the national average. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set out the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The school motto is 'Learning to be the best we can' and this accurately describes daily life at Bitterne Manor. Leaders are ambitious for every pupil and are clear that good is not good enough. Leaders place great importance on developing pupils' personal and social development.

Pupils are confident to learn and eager to succeed. Teachers are highly knowledgeable and skilled. Not a minute is wasted in lessons.

Learning is engaging and challenging. The curriculum is exceptional. Subject leaders make learning come alive.

Teachers have high expectations. The quality of writing in all subjects is as impressive as it is in English lessons. All groups of pupils make strong and sustained progress from their starting points.

These include those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, those who speak English as an additional language and the most able. Disadvantaged pupils do at least as well as their peers across the school. Standards are high.

Behaviour in lessons and around the school is exemplary. Pupils' determination to focus on the task in hand is striking. Other adults in the school make an invaluable contribution to the high-quality education pupils receive.

Children in the Reception Year have an outstanding start. The quality of teaching and the carefully planned curriculum enable all children to make exceptional progress. Pupils show great pride in their school.

Older pupils thrive on the extra responsibilities they are given. Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school. They value the progress their children make and recognise the many strengths of the school.