Braiswick Primary School

Name Braiswick Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 July 2018
Address Apprentice Drive, New Braiswick Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5QJ
Phone Number 01206841951
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 284 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.6
Academy Sponsor Learning Pathways Academy
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 11.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 27.8%
Persisitent Absence 6%
Pupils with SEN Support 12%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

The school is an average-sized primary school. It opened as an academy in September 2015 under the sponsorship and management of The Learning Pathways Trust. The school accepts pupils where there are spaces in all year groups. Therefore, mobility is high and pupils arrive at different points during the year. The school is expanding rapidly. .The school is two form entry up to Year 2, with an additional third class in Year 1. There is one mixed-age class of Years 3 and 4 and a mixed-age class of Years 5 and 6. Pupils in Year 6 are usually taught separately. The pupils are predominantly of White British heritage..The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is higher than average. The proportion of pupils with an education, health and care plan to support their SEN is lower than average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is in line with the national average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school From the outset of setting up the school, the headteacher, governors and trustees have set high expectations for learning and behaviour. These expectations are clearly shared with pupils, parents, carers and staff. Children in the early years quickly develop skills that allow them to learn and play happily together. Provision for children in the early years is exemplary. The teaching of phonics is effective. Pupils use their skills well and are making increasingly better progress as a result.. The teaching of mathematics is a strength of the school. A consistent approach enables pupils to become fluent in key mathematical skills and to apply them in a range of problem-solving and reasoning contexts. Through their policies and procedures, leaders have created a safe culture. Pupils’ behaviour is excellent and demonstrates that they have genuinely adopted the school’s ethos and values. Provision for vulnerable pupils is a strength of the school. Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities and pupils who speak English as an additional language make good progress. The curriculum is broad and filled with rich experiences. The curriculum is adapted carefully to cater for pupils new to the country or new to the school. As a result, the curriculum meets pupils’ academic, emotional and social needs effectively. Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the education and support provided for their children. They speak passionately about the work that staff do to make sure that their children achieve well. Where pupils’ attainment is lower, they are making strong progress from their starting points. The teaching of the wider curriculum is not as strong as the teaching of reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils do not have enough opportunities to apply their writing and mathematics skills in other subjects.