Bromham CofE Primary School

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About Bromham CofE Primary School

Name Bromham CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Head Teacher Ms Gurjit Virk
Address Grange Lane, Bromham, Bedford, MK43 8NR
Phone Number 01234822784
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary controlled school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 451
Local Authority Bedford
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Bromham CofE Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

At this friendly school, pupils and adults do everything the 'Bromham Way'.

This unwritten code focuses on positive behaviour, relationships and attitudes. Pupils are prepared well for their future lives. They are extremely polite and go out of their way to make visitors or new arrivals feel welcome at their school.

Pupils chose the school's golden rules, 'ready, respectful and safe'. Most pupils follow these in all areas of the school. Those pupils who find this more challenging are supported to improve their behaviour.

Bullying rarely happens, and pupils are confide...nt that it is dealt with effectively. They feel safe and trust staff to look after them.

Pupils understand and demonstrate the high expectations for behaviour and learning.

They are encouraged to work hard. They enjoy their interesting lessons. Pupils achieve well, especially in reading.

Pupils benefit from a wide range of opportunities beyond the curriculum. They take on responsibilities such as house captains, librarians, eco-leaders, junior leaders or members of the collective worship team. Older pupils build their independence through participating in a residential trip.

All pupils have the opportunity to perform at 'Bromfest', a summer concert on the school field.

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

Leaders have high ambitions for all pupils. They have put in place a curriculum that sets out precisely the knowledge pupils need to learn and the order in which they should learn it.

The curriculum is progressive, ensuring that pupils build their knowledge over time.

Teachers are confident about the subjects they teach. They explain things clearly during lessons.

Teachers make sure that activities are relevant and deepen pupils' understanding. In a Year 4 history lesson, pupils confidently presented their arguments when in role as one of the three contenders for the throne in 1066. Learning is rarely disrupted by poor behaviour because pupils are highly engaged.

They know exactly what adults expect from them.

Teachers remind pupils of their previous learning often, so pupils are ready to learn more complex content. Teachers use questioning and other checks to make sure that pupils have understood what has been taught.

Teachers adapt their teaching and plan future lessons to address any gaps in pupils' knowledge. In some lessons, teachers miss opportunities to give pupils helpful feedback on their work. Additionally, when feedback is given, pupils do not always act on it.

This means that errors and misconceptions are sometimes left unaddressed, and pupils' progress is slowed.

The early years curriculum prepares children for key stage 1. In mathematics, for example, Reception children learn to break down numbers up to 10 so that they are easier to work with.

This important skill supports pupils' later success in mathematics. Adults in the early years know the children well. They create an environment that promotes learning and sparks children's interests.

Children explore the resources set out for them and learn happily alongside each other.

The school prioritises reading. Daily phonics lessons start soon after children join Reception.

Pupils learn the sounds they need to know to become fluent readers. They take home books that are carefully matched to their reading levels. Any pupils who fall behind, or who have gaps in their phonic knowledge, get extra help from well-trained adults.

Pupils enjoy reading. They talk enthusiastically about their favourite authors or genres. The recently refurbished library is a popular place at lunchtime.

Pupil librarians check books in and out for their peers and offer advice on which books to choose.

Leaders identify pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) early. They help teachers to adapt their teaching so that these pupils can access the full curriculum.

In some cases, external specialists are involved to ensure that pupils get the support they need.

The school's programme for pupils' personal development is strong. Pupils enhance their understanding of the world by standing for election or making an application for the various leadership roles on offer.

They talk maturely about democracy, diversity and resilience. Pupils learn about the world's major religions. Many pupils, including some with SEND or pupils who are otherwise disadvantaged, learn to play a musical instrument.

Active eco-leaders explore ways of protecting the environment, both within and beyond the school gates. Junior leaders meet regularly to consider ways of improving their school.

Staff benefit from the training and development opportunities leaders give them.

They appreciate the way leaders consider staff workload when introducing changes. Governors are knowledgeable and committed. They provide leaders with helpful challenge and are fully supportive of the leadership team's drive for continuous improvement.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders are vigilant in their approach to safeguarding. Staff are trained to recognise the possible signs of abuse.

Leaders use quizzes and posters around the school to ensure staff keep their knowledge fresh. Leaders' record-keeping is rigorous. They take appropriate actions when a concern is raised.

They are quick to support vulnerable pupils and their families. This sometimes involves working with external professionals.

Pupils learn about keeping themselves safe.

Pupil digital leaders teach their peers about cyber-bullying. They are well versed in online safety.

Governors check the school's safeguarding systems regularly.

This includes the vetting checks for adults working at the school.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Teachers' feedback to pupils about their learning is not consistently effective across the school nor across subjects. Sometimes, pupils' errors and misconceptions are left unaddressed, and they do not learn as well as they should.

Leaders should ensure that all teachers deal with pupils' errors and misconceptions systematically and that the feedback given to pupils is effective. This will enable pupils to strengthen their knowledge and understanding and make the progress leaders expect.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually, this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the second ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in July 2013.

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