Bridgewater Park Primary School

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About Bridgewater Park Primary School

Name Bridgewater Park Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Mrs Ashleigh Hudson
Address Plantation Close, Castlefields, Runcorn, WA7 2LW
Phone Number 01928563838
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 104
Local Authority Halton
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Everyone is made to feel welcome at Bridgewater Park Primary School. Pupils enjoy coming to this school.

They told inspectors that staff are caring and always willing to help them with any worries they may have. Pupils learn that everyone should be treated with respect, regardless of their differences. If bullying does happen, staff deal with it effectively.

This helps pupils to feel safe.

Leaders expect pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), to achieve well. However, pupils, including children in the early years, do not achieve as well as they should.

This is because over time pupils have not benefited fro...m an ambitious curriculum that builds their knowledge. Leaders have recently made improvements to the curriculum. However, many of the changes that leaders have made are recent.

Pupils have not benefited from these improvements fully.

Leaders have high expectations for pupils' behaviour. Pupils and staff are confident that leaders' new behaviour policies have had a marked impact on pupils' conduct.

Pupils look forward to the weekly celebration assemblies. They are keen to earn star certificates and be part of the 'Always Club' by upholding the school's core values. The school is a calm and purposeful place to learn and play as a result.

Pupils enjoy the after-school activities that they can attend, such as art, gymnastics and football. They enjoy their visits to cathedrals and to the local canal.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Bridgewater Park is a school on a journey.

Until recently, the curriculum that pupils followed lacked ambition. The new leadership team has worked closely with the trust and governors to devise a more appropriate and aspirational curriculum for pupils in key stages 1 and 2. Leaders have constructed the curriculum taking into consideration the mixed-age classes in the school.

However, much of this work is in its infancy. This means that many pupils in the school have gaps in their learning. As a result, pupils do not achieve as well as they should.

In the early years, the curriculum is at an early stage of development and lacks clarity. As a result, the activities that staff design for children sometimes lack purpose. Leaders have not given staff enough guidance on how to develop and extend children's knowledge and vocabulary across the curriculum.

This means that children in the early years do not always acquire the knowledge and skills that they need to be successful in their learning.

Pupils enjoy their lessons. They are able to focus on their learning as any disruption to lessons is rare.

Teachers have the resources that they need to design a variety of activities to support pupils' learning. However, teachers have not received sufficient training to develop their expertise in teaching many of the more ambitious curriculums. This hinders teachers from designing learning that helps pupils to build their knowledge over time.

Leaders place a strong emphasis on teaching pupils to read. Pupils develop a love of reading through exposure to high-quality texts. Older pupils spoke enthusiastically about their favourite authors and visits to the local library.

Leaders have structured the reading curriculum carefully. Staff have been trained to teach the programme using consistent routines and strategies. Children in Nursery enjoy listening to stories and joining in with songs and rhymes.

This prepares them well to learn the sounds that letters represent. Pupils read books which match the sounds that they have learned. Most pupils build up their phonics knowledge securely.

Staff use leaders' assessment systems in reading well. They identify and correct pupils' errors and misconceptions quickly. Staff provide additional and effective support for pupils who fall behind.

Staff routinely check how well pupils are learning in other curriculum areas. However, these checks do not identify gaps in pupils' knowledge sufficiently well. This means that some pupils move through the curriculum with ongoing gaps and misconceptions in their learning.

The needs of pupils with SEND are identified at the earliest possible opportunity. However, leaders have not made sure that teachers understand how to support pupils with SEND to access each aspect of the curriculum. As a result, staff do not always adapt their approaches to curriculum delivery to meet the needs of these pupils.

Leaders ensure that all pupils benefit from opportunities to enhance their wider development. Pupils learn the importance of keeping fit and eating healthy foods. The activities that leaders provide broaden pupils' awareness of opportunities in their own locality and in the wider world.

Leaders have introduced a range of strategies to encourage pupils to attend school regularly. However, too many pupils do not attend school often enough. This impacts on how well they learn.

The trust, local governing body and leaders share a determination to continue the school's journey of improvement. The trust and governors provide an appropriate balance of support and challenge to leaders. Morale is high.

Staff feel well supported. Leaders understand how to move the school forward and the key issues to address.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders ensure that staff know how to keep pupils safe. Staff are alert and respond quickly when they notice that pupils might be at risk. They report concerns about pupils to leaders responsible for safeguarding in a timely manner.

Leaders work closely with parents, carers and external agencies to ensure that pupils get the support that they need.

Pupils learn about important aspects of safety. The curriculum helps pupils to learn about the different risks that they may face and how to manage them.

For example, pupils learn about healthy relationships, how to stay safe on roads and in water and how to keep themselves safe when they are online.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• The curriculum is at the early stages of being implemented in most subjects. Teachers have not received sufficient training to enable them to deliver these curriculums well, including how to adapt their delivery of the curriculum for pupils with SEND.

This hinders how well pupils, including those with SEND, learn new information. Leaders must make sure that they provide teachers with the training that they require to enable them to deliver the new curriculums consistently well and to adapt their pedagogical approaches to meet the needs of all pupils so that pupils achieve as well as they should. ? The checks that teachers make on pupils' learning, including for pupils with SEND, do not identify gaps in pupils' knowledge sufficiently well.

This means that some pupils move through the curriculum with ongoing gaps and misconceptions in their learning. Leaders must ensure that teachers are equipped to use assessment strategies well to ensure that pupils' learning is secure before introducing new concepts. ? The early years curriculum is not structured coherently.

This means that staff are unclear about what children need to learn and when. Leaders must ensure that the curriculum in the early years sets out the important knowledge and vocabulary that children need to know and remember in readiness for their future learning. In addition, leaders must ensure that staff in the early years are supported to deliver the curriculum consistently effectively.

• Too many pupils do not attend school often enough. This limits how well these pupils learn. Leaders should build on their emerging strategies to secure good attendance, so that pupils attend school regularly.

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