Brackenwood Infant School

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About Brackenwood Infant School

Name Brackenwood Infant School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr C Mervyn
Address Pulford Road, Bebington, Wirral, CH63 2HN
Phone Number 01516089117
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 5-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 165
Local Authority Wirral
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils said that their school is an incredibly welcoming place to learn. They are happy in school and build fond memories with their friends. Pupils are happy and proud to attend such an exceptional school.

Children in the early years and pupils in key stage 1 blossom at Brackenwood Infant School. They live up to the school's high expectations. Pupils achieve exceptionally well and become confident, articulate learners.

They are excited to learn new things. They explained their knowledge clearly and accurately, often using complex words and concepts.

Pupils model the school's three values every day.

They show self-control and act with care and consid...eration for others. Their conduct in lessons, on corridors and outside is exemplary. Pupils have high regard for others.

Many pupils told inspectors that they welcome everyone and view everyone as uniquely special.

Pupils benefit from the school's exceptionally well-designed enrichment programme. For example, most pupils attend at least one club and have opportunities to learn to speak Spanish and to take part in activities such as judo and musical theatre.

Pupils feel honoured to take on leadership roles, including acting as school councillors, play leaders and librarians. They are dedicated to making the school the best that it can possibly be.

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

The school ensures that pupils enjoy a meticulously crafted curriculum that fully meets their learning needs.

From the moment children join the school in the early years, they benefit from a curriculum that is aspirational and highly effective. The school has carefully considered what children should learn in the Reception Year and how this is built on in Year 1. Staff in the early years skilfully support children to increase the range of words that they use as part of their learning and when they communicate with each other.

This prepares children in the early years exceptionally well for the demands of the Year 1 curriculum.

The school has ensured that reading sits at the heart of the curriculum and fosters a genuine love of books among all pupils. Leaders make judicious use of high-quality texts to underpin and enhance pupils' learning across the wider curriculum.

The school makes sure that pupils develop secure reading knowledge. Expertly trained staff support pupils to learn to read. As a result, the school's phonics programme is delivered to a consistently high standard.

By the time that they leave the Reception Year, almost all children have a secure knowledge of how to use phonics to read and write words. Pupils in key stage 1 continue to practise and develop this knowledge so that they can read fluently and accurately. Skilled staff ensure that the small number of pupils who fall behind with their reading knowledge catch up successfully.

Staff provide highly effective and well-tailored support for pupils to ensure that they are ready to learn. The school works quickly and purposefully to identify any pupils who may have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). There is effective communication between the school, parents and carers, and a wide range of professionals.

This ensures that pupils with SEND receive expert support to enable them to achieve highly.

Staff adapt learning activities and address gaps in pupils' knowledge very effectively. Pupils remember their learning and understand the connections between essential concepts and ideas.

Staff ensure that pupils have the understanding that they need before new learning is introduced.

Pupils display excellent manners. They do their best to treat others in the same way that they would like to be treated themselves.

They are courteous and considerate. Children in the early years are exceptionally well behaved. They follow well-established routines and learn harmoniously alongside one another.

The school provides an exemplary range of carefully crafted opportunities that enhance the personal development of pupils. Leaders are dedicated to shaping pupils into responsible young people. Pupils build up an in-depth understanding of local, national and global issues.

Importantly, leaders ensure that pupils know the role that they can play in addressing such issues. Pupils enjoy a rich variety of trips. These include visits to different places of worship, museums and places of historical significance.

Pupils are prepared very well for life in modern Britain.

Leaders and governors collaborate closely to make sure that all pupils receive an exceptional standard of education. Leaders are dynamic and highly effective in driving forward continuous improvements.

Governors have an astute understanding of the school. They support and challenge leaders in a measured and considered way. Staff value being part of the school and appreciate the support that they receive from leaders.

Staff are grateful for the training that they receive and the positive impact that this has on their roles. This makes them feel valued.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

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