Bramley Grange Primary School

Bramley Grange Primary School


Name Bramley Grange Primary School
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Address Howard Road, Bramley, Rotherham, S66 2SY
Phone Number 01709543664
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 269 (49.1% boys 50.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.8
Academy Sponsor The Grange Trust
Local Authority Rotherham
Percentage Free School Meals 16.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.5%
Persistent Absence 7.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 3.3%
Highlights from Latest Inspection
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.

Main findings

Bramley Grange is a good school.

It has many strengths. Pupils are happy and enjoy their time in school. One pupil was most emphatic when summing up the feelings of many saying 'I love school!' This sentiment was supported by positive comments in the parents' and carers' questionnaires.

Pupils participate well in the life of the school and local community as they are willing to take on responsibilities such as playground buddies. The school provides a safe and welcoming environment where pupils feel valued. They are proud of their school and keen to talk to visitors about their work.

They have confidence in adults to help them sort out their problems. Staff are mindful of pupils' saf...ety and good safeguarding arrangements are in place. The school enjoys a positive relationship with parents and carers.

A wide range of partnership activities makes a strong contribution to pupils' good achievement and well-being. Pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good. Pupils' experiences of different cultures and beliefs are enhanced through the curriculum although their knowledge of life in other parts of the United Kingdom is not as robust.

Pupils achieve well as they move through school. Attainment at the end of Year 6 is average and improving strongly. However, the quality of pupils' writing is being limited by weaknesses in spelling.

All pupils, irrespective of their starting points, make good progress due to consistently good teaching. Carefully targeted support ensures that pupils in the school's resourced provision and those with other special educational needs and/or disabilities make similar levels of progress to that of their peers. Regular assessments are rigorously moderated to ensure their reliability.

These inform the effective tracking system which closely monitors pupils' progress. The marking of pupils' work is informative and provides guidance on how to improve. However, inaccuracies in spelling are too often overlooked.

A carefully considered thematic approach to the curriculum has been successful in motivating all pupils, including boys. The impact of this can be seen in high levels of engagement in lessons. The headteacher is supported effectively by senior leaders and staff.

The governing body is equally committed and oversees safeguarding well. All share a clear vision for future improvement, recognising what the school does well. Good use is made of accurate self-evaluation to highlight areas for improvement confirming the school's good capacity to sustain improvement.

Information about the school

Bramley Grange is larger than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are of White British heritage. A very small minority is from other ethnic groups.

The number of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well below average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below the national average as is the number of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The school provides specialist resourced provision for a small number of pupils with a hearing impairment.

As a result, the number of pupils with a statement of educational needs is above average. The school has achieved a number of awards including Healthy School status and Activemark. There have been a number of staff changes since the previous inspection, including the appointment of a new headteacher.

Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms