Blackrod Primary School

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About Blackrod Primary School

Name Blackrod Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Katherine Mead
Address Manchester Road, Blackrod, BOLTON, BL6 5SY
Phone Number 01204333488
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 315
Local Authority Bolton
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Main findings

Blackrod Primary is an outstanding school.

Highly effective leadership and strong team work among a dedicated staff means that the school has maintained and built upon the strengths identified in the previous inspection. Parents and carers are delighted with the care and education provided for their children and their comments included, 'Excellent school with an outstanding and committed staff.', 'Very well managed school with excellent teachers and a great atmosphere.'

, 'Excellent opportunities for first hand learning.' and 'Amazing school.' All groups of pupils achieve exceptionally well because of high quality teaching and an exciting curriculum.

There have been considerable impr...ovements to the Early Years Foundation Stage provision recently and children make exceptional progress in most areas of learning. Outstanding progress continues through Key Stages 1 and 2 and, by the end of Year 6, attainment is consistently high in English and mathematics. Pupils acquire and apply literacy, numeracy and ICT skills extremely well.

They learn independently and take great care and pride in their work. Inspirational teaching successfully promotes enjoyment and high quality learning for pupils. Teachers convey high expectations and their enthusiasm and strong subject knowledge motivates the learners.

Skilful explanations, demonstrations and questioning further enhance pupils' learning. Assessment information is used extremely well to plan teaching and to provide challenging and exciting tasks which are well matched to pupils' abilities. The curriculum is imaginative with meaningful links between subjects.

It is enriched with a wide range of additional activities and visits. There are well-thought-out plans to further extend the learning facilities in the school grounds for creative and scientific study for all ages. An extremely positive school ethos and outstanding care, guidance and support contribute to pupils' excellent personal outcomes.

Community cohesion is promoted extremely well and pupils make exceptional progress in their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils feel extremely safe because of the strong attention given to safeguarding. They show an excellent understanding of how to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Throughout the school, pupils relate very well with others and their behaviour is exemplary. Pupils willingly take on additional responsibilities and make invaluable contributions to the school and to the wider community. Attendance levels are consistently high.

Pupils are exceedingly well prepared for the next stage of their education. An experienced and established headteacher provides outstanding leadership and direction. He is very well supported by other senior leaders.

All staff share a vision of promoting high quality provision and high attainment for pupils. There are outstanding partnerships with other agencies to promote pupils' learning and development. Through accurate and rigorous self-evaluation, the school knows its strengths and takes positive action to bring about improvements where needed.

Governance has improved considerably since the previous inspection and makes a valuable contribution to the school's success. Since the previous inspection aspects such as pupils' progress and teaching have improved from good to outstanding. The school demonstrates an outstanding capacity for sustained improvement.

Information about the school

Blackrod is a smaller-than-the-average-sized primary school. Most pupils are of a White British heritage. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average.

The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is also below average. There is Early Years Foundation Stage provision for children in Reception. The headteacher is currently serving as an executive headteacher of another primary school in the authority.

As executive headteacher, he spends three days a week in the other school. During this time, Blackrod is being led by the deputy headteacher. The onsite before- and after-school provision is not managed by the school and governing body and is inspected separately.

Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

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