Bransty Primary School


Name Bransty Primary School
Website http://www.bransty.cumbria.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 06 February 2013
Address Mona Road, Bransty, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 6EG
Phone Number 0194663590
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 215 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.4
Local Authority Cumbria
Percentage Free School Meals 13.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.8%

Information about this school

Bransty Primary School is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The school has a specially resourced provision for hearing impaired pupils. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. A few pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds and speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding provided for children in local authority care, those from armed service families, and those known to be eligible for free school meals) is above average. The school meets the government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The school offers both a breakfast and after-school club managed by the governing body. The Reception class teacher has joined the school since the previous inspection. The school has Healthy School status, Activemark, Kidsafe and the Lets’s Get Cooking initiative.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. From joining the Early Years Foundation Stage with skills below those expected for their age, pupils achieve well throughout the school. The progress made by pupils has been improving steadily over the last three years. Teaching is consistently good across the school and sometimes outstanding. Teachers are enthusiastic and ensure that pupils are inspired to learn through exciting lessons. The headteacher has been very successful in leading the changes that have resulted in improvements in teaching and pupils’ achievement since the previous inspection. She is very well supported by senior leaders. Pupils’ good behaviour and positive attitudes to learning are important features in their success. Pupils say they thoroughly enjoy reading all kinds of books by different authors. Letters and sounds are taught well so children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are eager to start to read as soon as they can. Pupils say they feel safe and are well aware of how to avoid unnecessary risks. They are happy in school and get on well with each other. The curriculum offers pupils a wide range of exciting experiences including clubs after school, local visits or travelling further afield and staying overnight. Senior leaders, staff and governors make a good team and are successfully improving the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The skills learnt by pupils in mathematics are not used regularly in other subjects. When pupils are working alone, adults do not always check to find out how pupils are doing and what they need to learn next. The outdoor areas for Nursery and Reception children have not been developed far enough to include plenty of activities for children to explore writing and mathematics. Work planned for pupils is not always hard enough especially for the more able.