Bowlee Park Community Primary School

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About Bowlee Park Community Primary School

Name Bowlee Park Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Mrs Aleksandra Hartshorne
Address Windermere Road, Langley, Manchester, M24 4LA
Phone Number 01616540257
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 903
Local Authority Rochdale
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils thrive in the supportive environment that this school provides. They feel included, loved and respected by staff.

In turn, they demonstrate these qualities to each other. Pupils are happy and safe here.

From the moment they join Bowlee Park, pupils experience an exceptional education.

The school ensures that there are no barriers to what they can achieve. Pupils strive to meet these high expectations each day. They excel in their learning.

Pupils of all ages, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), achieve the best possible outcomes. Pupils in Year 6 are more than ready for their transition to high school..../>
Pupils' conduct in lessons and around the school is exemplary.

They live and breathe the school's values and routines. Pupils form strong, caring relationships with their peers and with staff. Many pupils told inspectors that they choose to behave well out of consideration for each other's feelings.

Pupils spoke excitedly of the enrichment opportunities on offer. For example, they compete in sports, learn to play musical instruments and embrace positions of responsibility, such as well-being ambassadors. These experiences encourage pupils to discover a diverse range of new interests and talents.

The school ensures that nobody is left out.

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

Governors, leaders and staff are united in their vision for the school. They have made certain that all pupils benefit from a curriculum that connects ambitious knowledge with rich social and cultural experiences.

Across the entire curriculum, including in the early years, leaders' attention to detail is meticulous. Staff know precisely what pupils must learn, by when and why. Nothing is left to chance.

Regardless of their starting points, pupils achieve exceptionally well. They are enthralled by their learning. Expert staff take every opportunity to check and consolidate pupils' knowledge.

Their guidance ensures that pupils gain an in-depth understanding of the topics and subjects that they study. They are extremely well prepared for the next steps in their education.

The school has ensured that reading and language development sit at the heart of the curriculum.

Children in the early years enjoy a rich variety of songs, stories and rhymes. This gets their early language skills off to a strong start. Staff skilfully help them to develop their awareness of sounds and letters so that they are well-equipped to learn phonics quickly and securely.

Books are carefully matched to the sounds that pupils know. This ensures that pupils can build up their reading knowledge gradually step by step. As a result, pupils read accurately and fluently by the end of key stage 1.

Staff ensure that pupils who find reading more difficult receive frequent individual help for as long as they need it. This ensures that they can catch up to their peers.

Older pupils enjoy reading and read often.

The school ensures that they are immersed in high-quality texts throughout the curriculum. Over time, this helps pupils to develop an impressive vocabulary, which they use to confidently articulate what they have learned.

Staff are adept at identifying the needs of pupils with SEND.

This begins in the Nursery Year with clear communication between the school, parents and carers and a wide range of professionals. This ensures that children with SEND get the support that they need as early as possible. Pupils who join the school later have their needs identified equally swiftly.

In all key stages, pupils with SEND flourish. With very few exceptions, the support that they receive enables them to achieve as well as their classmates.

Pupils are highly enthusiastic about their learning.

They take pride in their work and behave exceptionally well. From the very beginning of the Nursery Year, staff help children to develop positive learning behaviours. For example, they learn to listen, take turns and to persevere when a task is difficult.

Pupils build on this strong start as they grow older. Their polite and responsible behaviour contributes to the calm, purposeful atmosphere around the school.

The school's support for pupils' personal development is praiseworthy.

Staff have woven together a broad, rich set of opportunities into their 'experience passports'. These are set out with the same careful thought as the academic curriculum. For instance, children in the Reception Year write and post a letter to Father Christmas, while pupils in key stage 2 recently succeeded in lobbying local councillors to improve pedestrian safety around the school.

These experiences, and many more besides, ensure that pupils are fully prepared for life in modern society.

The school considers the workload and well-being of staff when making decisions. Staff value the emphasis given to their professional development.

Many told us that leaders ensure that they are given enough time to fulfil their roles. They are tremendously proud to work here.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

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