Blackrod Anglican/Methodist Primary School

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About Blackrod Anglican/Methodist Primary School

Name Blackrod Anglican/Methodist Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr James Royal
Address Vicarage Road West, Blackrod, Bolton, BL6 5DE
Phone Number 01204333520
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary controlled school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England/Methodist
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 244
Local Authority Bolton
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Blackrod Anglican/Methodist Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils, including children in the early years, are eager to attend school. They come through the school gates smiling at the start of the school day. They bubble with enthusiasm.

Warm relationships between pupils and staff permeate the school.

Leaders have high expectations that pupils will always be ready to learn. Pupils rise to these expectations.

They like to work hard and achieve well. Classrooms are calm and purposeful. Pupils behave well in lessons and at playtimes.

They look after each other and form caring friendships. Bullying rarely ...happens in this school. Staff take swift action if there are any early signs of unkind behaviour.

Pupils have a range of people to talk to if they are worried. They know that staff will listen to them and, as a result, feel happy and safe.

Pupils enjoy taking on extra responsibilities in school.

They relish their roles as community change makers and as members of peace patrol. They understand the importance of responsibility. For example, older pupils said that they enjoy helping younger pupils, including children in the early years, to settle in well.

Pupils enjoy clubs and activities where they can develop their interests, for example WHAM (warm hearts and active minds), dodgeball, choir, and eco-club.

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

Leaders have put in place a well-designed, ambitious curriculum. They have carefully considered what pupils should learn from the early years to Year 6.

All pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), follow the same curriculum. Leaders have designed the curriculum to ensure that learning builds on what pupils already know and can do. It provides pupils with the knowledge and skills that they need to achieve well, both academically and socially.

Teachers have good subject knowledge. They are skilled in selecting the best ways to present new learning and making best use of the high-quality resources available. Despite these strengths, sometimes teachers do not identify and address misconceptions as well as they should before moving the learning on.

Reading is of high importance in the school. Following external examination results last year, leaders took effective action to ensure that pupils in key stage 2 have the resilience to approach external examinations with vigour. The teaching of phonics is consistent.

, Teachers ensure that the books pupils read are well matched to the sounds and letters they know. They introduce children to the sounds that letters make in the Reception class. They have regular and appropriate training in phonics.

Leaders check to make sure that teachers deliver the phonics curriculum in the way that they intend. They ensure that any pupils who fall behind receive appropriate support, so that they can catch up quickly. Pupils enjoy reading.

They enjoy their visits to the local library. They talk with enthusiasm about their favourite authors and genres and the books they are reading in school and at home.

Pupils behave very well.

Staff have established a very positive climate for learning. Learning is not interrupted by lapses in pupils' behaviour. As a result, classrooms are calm and purposeful.

Pupils show kindness and compassion in class and at social times.

Pupils with SEND are exceptionally well supported. Staff know how to make adjustments to ensure that they can follow the same curriculum as their peers.

Staff quickly identify pupils' needs and put in place appropriate support.Pupils enjoy attending the specially resourced provision for pupils with SEND. At the heart of the provision is a real commitment to get it right for every child.

Staff are very caring and supportive. Relationships between staff and pupils are positive. Staff work hard to ensure that pupils with complex needs are fully supported and included in school life.

Leaders have ensured that there is an appropriate curriculum to enhance pupils' personal development. Pupils have opportunities to take on responsibilities, such as being school-council members. They value diversity, both within their own school and in the wider world.

Governors know the school well. They understand its strengths and those aspects that leaders are keen to develop further. Staff feel well supported.

They appreciate leaders' unswerving consideration of their workload and well-being.

Parents and carers are overwhelmingly supportive of the provision on offer by the school and of the care given to their children.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have created a strong culture of safeguarding. They make sure that all staff are well trained. Staff are vigilant to the risks that pupils face.

They report concerns promptly. Leaders work with other professionals to ensure that pupils and families receive the help they need.

The curriculum teaches pupils how to stay safe, both in and out of school.

They know how to keep themselves safe when online. Pupils learn about how to be a good friend and how to have healthy relationships with others.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a few subjects, teachers do not check thoroughly enough what pupils have remembered.

This means that they do not always know what subject content pupils need to revisit and practise. Leaders should continue to work with teachers on checking pupils' learning to uncover gaps in knowledge and close them before moving on.


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 second ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in February 2012.

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