Brandon Primary School

Name Brandon Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Carr Avenue, Brandon, Durham, DH7 8NL
Phone Number 01913780124
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 307 (48.5% boys 51.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.3
Local Authority County Durham
Percentage Free School Meals 37.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.9%
Persistent Absence 9%
Pupils with SEN Support 20.5%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

Brandon Primary School is larger than the average-sized primary school.

The vast majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium is above the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is above average.

The proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is slightly below average. Children attend the Nursery on either a part-time or full-time basis.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher has continued to improve leadership and management at all levels.

She has empowered a strong team of leaders, who are raising standards throughout the school. Outcomes are improving. Pupils get off to a good start in the early years.

The progress made by pupils in key stages 1 and 2 in reading, writing and mathematics is increasingly strong. Most teaching is good. Teachers are well supported by senior leaders.

Consequently, teachers use their strong subject knowledge to help pupils learn well. Pupils enjoy reading. Children gain a strong knowledge of phonics in the early years.

This is developed effectively as they move through the school. As a result, the majority of pupils are confident readers. Pupils read widely at home and in the school.

Leaders have developed effective systems for checking the progress made by pupils. Pupils receive effective support when they need it. There is little difference between the progress made by different groups of pupils, particularly in mathematics and writing.

The curriculum meets the needs of pupils. It is enriched by a wide range of trips and sporting opportunities. Nevertheless, leaders recognise that pupils’ knowledge and skills in subjects other than English and mathematics need to develop further.

Governors monitor the school’s work closely. They provide effective challenge and hold leaders to account. Pupils behave well and feel safe in the school.

They are polite and respectful of one another. Pupils are confident that staff will help them with any problems. Leaders are successfully reducing pupil absence.

However, the proportion of pupils who are regularly absent remains stubbornly high