Brambles Primary Academy

Name Brambles Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 10 June 2014
Address Kedward Avenue, Brambles, Middlesbrough, Teesside, TS3 9DB
Phone Number 01642210704
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 331 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.9
Academy Sponsor Tees Valley Education
Local Authority Middlesbrough
Percentage Free School Meals 52.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.1%
Persisitent Absence 20.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 20.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school became part of the Navigate Academies Trust in September 2012 and became known as Brambles Primary Academy. The three academies within the trust work closely together. This is an average-sized school. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well above average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium is well above average. (The pupil premium is additional funding allocated for pupils who are in the care of the local authority or known to be eligible for free school meals.) The school meets the government’s current minimum floor standards, which are the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils achieve exceptionally well academically, personally, physically and creatively because of the exceptionally wide range of opportunities which staff ensure are available to all pupils. Pupils become confident, polite, courteous young people. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage have an excellent start to their education. In Key Stages 1 and 2 the teachers build upon this excellent start. Pupils’ progress in all subjects is outstanding. It is exceptionally good in writing. All groups of pupils make outstanding progress, including those known to be eligible for the additional funding through pupil premium, disabled pupils, those with special educational needs and the most able. This is because each pupil’s progress is frequently reviewed and support is provided if their progress is not better than expected. Outstanding teaching ensures that pupils learn very quickly. Teachers apply high expectations to all subjects. Teachers’ marking of work in pupils’ writing books is of high quality. The written feedback is not as strong in their mathematics books. Staff have very high expectations and a consistent approach to managing pupils’ behaviour, resulting in pupils showing high levels of respect to adults and each other. Pupils feel very safe in school. Their attendance is above average. Pupils are eager to learn and are very proud of their academy. The principal’s inspirational leadership has ensured that the whole academy team works well together to provide the highest quality of education. Senior and middle leaders carry out their roles very effectively. This provides an excellent starting point for reviewing the quality of the academy’s work and planning the next developments. All aspects of the academy are improving rapidly. The governing body and academy sponsor very effectively challenge all aspects of the academy’s work. They also provide high quality support. The three academies within the trust work very effectively together. Through the trust, the staff have many excellent opportunities to develop professionally.