Britannia Primary School and Nursery

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Britannia Primary School and Nursery

Name Britannia Primary School and Nursery
Ofsted Inspections
Address Britannia Road, Ipswich, IP4 5HE
Phone Number 01473728566
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 668 (52.1% boys 47.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.6
Academy Sponsor Gippeswyk Community Educational Trust
Local Authority Suffolk
Percentage Free School Meals 10.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 14.5%
Persistent Absence 5.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.7%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

The school is much larger than the average-sized primary school.

A significant proportion of pupils travel to the school from beyond its normal catchment area. It has a Nursery class for five mornings each week in its own separate accommodation. The three Reception classes share a spacious indoor area divided into zones and the recently improved outdoor area.

There are three single-age classes in each year from Year 1 to 6. Numbers in school are fairly static. Most pupils are White British.

One in five pupils is from a range of minority ethnic backgrounds, the largest group being of Indian origins. One in ten of all pupils are learning English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils supported by additional government funding through the pupil premium is about half the national average.

In this school, the pupil premium almost entirely applies to pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is broadly average. The proportion who are supported at school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is just below average.

The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. A new headteacher started at the beginning of this term. The school funds sports coaches and has a history of successful sporting achievements for its teams and individual pupils.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The latest school data shows that the above-average standards of previous years are being sustained, preparing pupils well for the next stage in their education. Most pupils, including minority ethnic pupils, disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, make good progress through each key stage because teaching is good.

Reading is taught well. Children in the Nursery and Reception classes make good progress, especially when learning phonics (linking letters and sounds) and in early writing skills. Pupils’ behaviour is good.

They feel safe, are well looked after by staff and enjoy school. There are excellent opportunities for pupils to take part in a wide range of sporting activities. Leadership and management are good.

The new headteacher has joined an effective and well-established senior leadership team. Together they are identifying areas for development to further improve the school’s performance. The governing body is helping the school to improve.

Governors’ regular visits and careful analysis of performance data mean that they know how well the school is performing. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Lower ability pupils are not making sufficient progress in mathematics because teaching in some lessons is not appropriate for them. In Nursery and Reception, it is not always made clear to children what they are expected to achieve when working independently.