Blackburn Primary School

Name Blackburn Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 May 2017
Address Baring Road, Blackburn, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S61 2BU
Phone Number 01709740412
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 297 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.5
Local Authority Rotherham
Percentage Free School Meals 12.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2%
Persisitent Absence 6.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 17.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. This is a larger-than-average-sized primary school. Most pupils are of White British heritage. A lower-than-average proportion of pupils is disadvantaged. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average. Children enter the school in Nursery on a part-time basis and move into Reception on a full-time basis. The school is organised into 11 classes, some of which are mixed-age classes. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are 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 a good school Leaders, and in particular the highly effective headteacher, have worked successfully to improve teaching, and therefore the outcomes of pupils. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics, as well as in other areas of the curriculum. This is the case for different groups of pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. However, the level of challenge for the most able is not always strong enough. Since the last inspection, the standards pupils reach have improved and are in line with the national average. This means pupils are well prepared for their next stage of learning. Pupils conduct themselves well and are proud of their school. They feel well cared for and believe that adults in the school respond to their needs well, including when they are upset or worried. Pupils demonstrate positive attitudes to learning, which contributes to the strong progress they make. Pupils are punctual to lessons and their attendance is above average. The curriculum serves pupils well and ensures that they regularly reinforce the key skills of reading, writing, mathematics and oral communication skills. This has led to strong outcomes. The curriculum also engages pupils and helps to enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, as well as their understanding of modern British values. Governors are effective in their challenge and support of leaders and have been instrumental in the improvements seen since the last inspection. The early years provision is good. Teaching and the curriculum serve children’s needs well. However, sometimes opportunities to challenge and entice children to use the reading and writing areas are overlooked.