Broadfield Primary Academy

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About Broadfield Primary Academy

Name Broadfield Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Address Vulcan Close, Broadfield, Crawley, RH11 9PD
Phone Number 01293406940
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 540 (52.6% boys 47.4% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.4
Academy Sponsor The Kemnal Academies Trust
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 35.10%
Percentage English is Not First Language 25.9%
Persistent Absence 11.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.2%
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher's clear vision for how the former infant and junior schools will work together has resulted in this being a good school.

Pupils at this school are delightful and exceptionally well behaved. They are highly supportive of each other, in class and across year groups in their playtime. The school puts a high priority on reading, and pupils enjoy reading.

They achieve well. Younger pupils apply their phonics accurately, and older pupils read with confidence. The youngest children get off to a good start in the Nursery.

This good practice is continued in the Reception Year, where the children make very strong progress. ...All groups of children leave Reception ready for Year 1. There is a strong culture of safeguarding throughout the school.

Procedures for keeping pupils safe are known by all staff. Pupils' welfare is at the heart of the school. The quality of teaching and learning is good.

Teachers skilfully use questioning and assessment to move pupils' learning forward. However, activities are not always challenging enough for the most able pupils. Teaching assistants work seamlessly with class teachers.

They promote learning effectively and give the right level of support to pupils. Senior leaders form a strong and cohesive team. They are determined that all groups of pupils will make good progress across the range of subjects.

However, they are aware that they must raise attendance for all groups for this to be achieved. Governors are committed to the school and supportive of leaders. However, their challenge to leaders, holding them to account for the standards and attendance for all groups, is not evident.

Teachers plan broad and interesting topics for pupils. However, pupils do not deepen their knowledge and skills over time. Leaders have begun to address this.

Information about this school

Broadfield Primary School is a larger-than-average primary school serving the community of Broadfield in Crawley. It opened as the new Broadfield Primary Academy in September 2016. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is above the national average.

The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic households is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is higher than the national average. The community experiences above-average levels of deprivation.