Bramcote CofE Primary School

Name Bramcote CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 13 March 2012
Address Hanley Avenue, Bramcote, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG9 3HE
Phone Number 01159258548
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 196
Number of Pupils per Teacher 30.2
Local Authority 891
Percentage Free School Meals 4.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 10.7%
Persisitent Absence 4.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 5.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

This school is smaller than the average primary school. Most pupils are of White British heritage and there are fewer pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds than is typical nationally. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is much lower than average. The percentage of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, including the proportion who have a statement of special educational needs, is below average. The government’s current floor standards, the minimum expectations for attainment and progress, are met. The school has achieved several awards including Healthy School status, Artsmark and is a Dyslexia Friendly school. Since the previous inspection the school has increased in size with additional accommodation. The acting headteacher, appointed in September 2010, was appointed as permanent headteacher in November 2011, and two new members of the teaching staff have been appointed since the previous inspection.

Key findings

This is a good school where pupils’ behaviour and safety are outstanding. Parents and carers are overwhelmingly supportive about all aspects of the school’s work. Attainment is above average and improving, particularly in reading. Pupils make good progress from starting points when they arrive in Reception that are typical for their age. The effectiveness of the Early Years Foundation Stage is good. Despite many strengths, the school is not outstanding because the quality of teaching is not yet high enough to ensure that all groups of pupils reach their full potential. Excellent behaviour and very effective pastoral care and support enable pupils to develop outstanding personal skills. They are happy, hold positive attitudes, feel safe and enjoy learning. Well-targeted support ensures that pupils at risk of falling behind are quickly back on track. The quality of teaching is mainly good and sometimes outstanding. Teachers are enthusiastic and use interesting activities to make learning fun. Teachers regularly assess pupils’ work but do not use assessment consistently well enough to help pupils understand what they need to do to reach even higher levels. When they do, teaching and learning are outstanding. The headteacher, staff and governors know the school’s strengths and areas for development well. They lead teaching well and have managed many improvements in performance since the previous inspection, showing a good capacity to maintain improvement in the future. Monitoring and evaluation of pupils’ progress is carried out increasingly rigorously and, along with the good curriculum, is helping to address quickly areas that have previously been less strong. The school provides many memorable experiences for its pupils and this helps their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development to be good.