Blaby Thistly Meadow Primary School

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About Blaby Thistly Meadow Primary School

Name Blaby Thistly Meadow Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Colin Bowpitt
Address Hospital Lane, Blaby, Leicester, LE8 4FE
Phone Number 01162775648
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 251
Local Authority Leicestershire
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 not be as high if a graded (section 5) inspection were carried out now.

The next inspection will therefore be a graded inspection.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are proud to attend Blaby Thistly Meadow Primary School. They particularly appreciate the care and support that they receive for their emotional health and well-being.

If pupils are anxious or worried, there are experts on hand to help them feel calm, safe and happy.

Pupils said that bullying rarely h...appens. They trust their teachers to sort out any issues quickly and effectively.

Pupils are proud of their responsibilities. They help each other to feel safe in school. 'Playground pals' check that no pupil is left out of games at playtime.

Pupils said, 'being at this school is amazing!'.

Teachers have high expectations of pupils' behaviour. Pupils behave well.

Routines are extremely well understood by children in early years. It is a pleasure to walk around the school. Pupils have such positive relationships with each other and with their teachers.

School leaders have high expectations of pupils. They are determined to improve the curriculum. This is improving.

However, curriculum planning is in the early stages. Some subjects are not as well planned as is needed. Consequently, some pupils do not acquire the knowledge and skills that they could do.

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

Leaders have reviewed the curriculum. They want pupils to build their knowledge and vocabulary gradually. They want pupils to revisit important knowledge so that it is well understood.

Some subject planning has improved. However, in some subjects, leaders do not identify the most important knowledge that pupils need to learn. Pupils do not consistently build on their knowledge across the curriculum.

There are insufficient checks in place to make sure that the planned curriculum is delivered consistently well. Aspects of the curriculum are not taught in the correct sequence. This can lead to gaps in pupils' knowledge and understanding.

The special educational needs coordinator has improved the provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Many parents and carers appreciate her work. They value the guidance, support and care that their child receives.

The expectations for these pupils are high. The curriculum is not always adapted well enough to make sure that pupils with SEND achieve as well as they should.

Reading is a priority.

Pupils begin to learn to read as soon as they enter the school. The early reading curriculum is well planned. Teachers are highly trained.

They deliver the reading curriculum consistently well. Children in early years are excited to learn to read because of the skill of their teachers.

Leaders promote a love of reading.

Pupils have many opportunities to practise their reading. They experience books of different genres and written by different authors. They try unfamiliar texts to widen their reading experience.

Pupils said that they enjoy reading. They like the fact that books are available to them and that they can take them home to enjoy.

Teachers have good subject knowledge.

They use a range of assessment methods to check what pupils know and remember. These approaches are more successful in some subjects than in others.

Pupils learn from a well-planned personal, social and health education curriculum.

They are taught how to keep themselves safe when online. Pupils learn about respect and tolerance. They are proud that 'everyone would be welcomed' at their school.

There are many opportunities for pupils to extend their learning. They develop new talents. Pupils engage in clubs and activities at lunchtime and after school.

They take part in residential trips and outdoor pursuits. Pupils relish the many creative experiences that they receive, particularly playing the taiko drums and the steel pans. They know that these experiences help them to be 'happy, determined, calm and inspired'.

There is excitement that the school is growing in size. Teachers appreciate the collaborative work that is taking place with a local primary school. They enjoy the professional development opportunities that are offered.

They value leaders' efforts to consider their workload.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Pupils say that they feel safe in school.

They treasure the 'worry boxes'. They know that there are many ways to communicate their worries and concerns. They said that they receive the help that they need.

Safeguarding records are thorough. Vulnerable pupils are supported well. Leaders make sure that they escalate any concerns.

They work hard to get the external help and support that pupils and their families need.

Leaders have provided staff with appropriate, up-to-date training. Staff are confident to report any concerns.

They know the safeguarding systems well.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some subjects, leaders do not identify the most important knowledge that pupils need to learn. They do not sequence learning as effectively as is needed.

As a result, pupils do not develop and consolidate the knowledge they need across all the subjects they study. Leaders must ensure that key knowledge in all subjects is identified and that curriculum planning is consistently well sequenced. ? The curriculum is not precisely adapted to meet the needs of pupils with SEND.

Some of these pupils do not achieve as well as they could. Leaders must make sure that the curriculum is carefully adapted to ensure that pupils with SEND achieve the ambitious targets of which they are capable.


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 December 2017.

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