Blacklow Brow School


Name Blacklow Brow School
Website http://blacklowbrowschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
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Address Tarbock Road, Huyton, Liverpool, L36 5XW
Phone Number 01514778010
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 225 (44.4% boys 55.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.8
Academy Sponsor The Dean Trust
Local Authority Knowsley
Percentage Free School Meals 11.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.1%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (20 October 2015)
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This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.

Information about this school

Blacklow Brow is an over-subscribed average-sized school. The majority of pupils come from relatively advantaged backgrounds as seen in the low numbers of pupils entitled to free school meals. Nearly all the pupils are White British. There are no pupils speaking English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is low. Children enter Reception Class from a wide range of providers, including approximately fifty percent directly from the Nursery. There has been significant staff turbulence over the last couple of years with some classes being taught by temporary staff for part of the year. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for reading writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school The school is poorly led. Leaders lack vision, teachers lack direction and a culture of complacency prevails. Leaders are not aware of what changes need to take place to improve learning for pupils. Checks on teaching and teachers’ performance are not penetrating enough. Funding is not well targeted where there is greatest need. The leadership of subjects, including mathematics, English and science is ineffective and does not support teachers or promote good learning. Standards have dipped. In 2014, there were concerns with performance in Key Stage 2. While outcomes at the end of Key Stage 2 improved slightly this year, there was a significant dip in attainment in Key Stage 1. Overall, teachers have low expectations of pupils. Disadvantaged and more-able pupils do not make the progress they should and there are on-going weaknesses in mathematics. The curriculum is disorganised and does not meet pupils’ needs. Too much teaching lacks conviction. Lessons follow a leisurely pace and there is a lack of challenge, which does not engage pupils’ interest. Too many lessons do not captivate pupils’ curiosity, so their attention wanders or they become passive listeners. Teachers have not received the training necessary to ensure that they are well prepared to teach the new National Curriculum. They lack the subject knowledge to teach all subjects well. Home-school partnerships are not well developed in early years. Attendance is not improving and remains below the national average. Governance is weak. Governors are not well informed and are unaware of the intrinsic weaknesses in the school. They have not challenged school leaders or held them to account. The school has the following strengths The arrangements for safeguarding are effective and safeguarding procedures are rigorously followed. Pupils feel safe and are happy at the school. Vulnerable pupils are well looked after. Behaviour around the school is good.