Brooke Hill Academy

Name Brooke Hill Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 February 2015
Address Brooke Road, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HQ
Phone Number 01572724214
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 356 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.4
Academy Sponsor Brooke Hill Academy Trust Limited
Local Authority Rutland
Percentage Free School Meals 2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.9%
Persisitent Absence 4.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Brooke Hill Academy converted to become an academy school on 1 September 2011. When its predecessor school, Brooke Hill Primary school, was last inspected by Ofsted it was judged to be outstanding overall. Brooke Hill Academy is a larger than average-sized primary school. The early years is made up of a Nursery and Reception. Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are organised in two open plan areas with several mixed aged classes in each area. Year 6 are split into three separate classes. Children in the early years initially attend part time before becoming full time after a few weeks. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who are disabled or have special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils who receive support from the pupil premium, which is the additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and looked after children, is well below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum requirements for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school currently supports a local primary school in terms of leadership and management and developing the quality of teaching and learning. The headteacher is the executive head of both schools. The school runs a daily breakfast club managed by the governing body.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher, supported by the leadership team and governing body, has created a positive drive for improvement. Leaders have high expectations for the pupils and school as a whole. The leadership and management of teaching ensure teaching is consistently good, and the school meets the needs of all groups of pupils. The governors support the leadership team effectively. They monitor all aspects of their work and hold all staff to account. Governors know how effective teaching is and how well all pupils are doing. Behaviour in school is good and pupils have a positive attitude to learning. The school’s work to keep the pupils safe is good. Teaching across the school is good. Key Stage 1 pupils achieve well above the national average. In Key Stage 2 pupils make good progress, from varying starting points. The pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good. The senior leadership team track the pupils’ progress effectively. They put into place robust intervention measures to ensure any underachievement is quickly reversed. Due to excellent routines, children settle into the early years quickly, which helps them make good progress. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers do not consistently use the marking policy to help pupils improve their work, which results in their rates of progress sometimes slowing. There are insufficient opportunities for pupils to develop their understanding of the diverse society in which they live.