Brunswick Community Primary School

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About Brunswick Community Primary School

Name Brunswick Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Neil Frankland
Address Station Road, Woodhouse, Sheffield, S13 7RB
Phone Number 01142695315
Phase Primary
Type Foundation school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 462
Local Authority Sheffield
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Brunswick Community Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Brunswick Community Primary School is more than a school. It is a place that draws families, children and staff together to learn, aspire and achieve. There is a strong thread of care and support in lessons, playtimes and the extra-curricular clubs.

The school and the community are fully invested in the education of the pupils. For the pupils and families the school is a special place, where there are opportunities to grow and discover new interests. For example, the Brunswick Project provides pupils with a platform to share their views, learn life skills and support local chari...ties.

The school is calm. Staff work with pupils to create a culture of respect and understanding. As a result, pupils feel safe and listened to.

Pupils like the fact that staff are there to help them if they have worries. Staff manage behaviour well. This means that lessons are rarely interrupted by poor behaviour.

The school has a diverse curriculum. It is ambitious for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). As a result, pupils produce some excellent work in their books.

The school is fully aware of the areas that need improvement, in particular the phonics outcomes in Year 1.

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

Children are inquisitive and curious in early years. Adults take time to speak to the children.

They encourage children to share their own thoughts throughout the day. Indoor and outdoor areas provide the children with different learning opportunities. Children are enthusiastic learners.

This allows adults to support the children's learning effectively through play.

Reading is central to the school's offer. Daily lessons help the pupils at the earliest stages of reading to come to grips with sounds and words.

Staff, who are well trained, support all pupils who are learning to read. Staff have identified pupils who need targeted support. However, this support has focused too heavily on the very weakest readers.

This means some pupils have not had the support they need. Leaders know this and plan to address this moving forward. The daily story sessions are a time in the day when everything stops for reading.

Pupils talk with passion about the stories, characters and dilemmas that books pose.

Pupils understand the importance of mathematics. They enjoy learning new topics.

Once knowledge is secure, staff then give pupils problems to solve that help them to apply and demonstrate their knowledge. Pupils at Brunswick have a strong grasp of mathematics. The different classrooms, from early years through to Year 6, are set up with resources and displays that link to mathematics.

A well-thought-out curriculum in mathematics provides staff with a clear sequence of learning that builds over time.

The school ensures that the curriculum is broad and balanced. Subject leaders have adequate time to fulfil their roles.

This includes coaching, delivering professional development, and giving one-to-one support when needed. Staff appreciate the support the subject leaders give. In some subject areas, such as history, there are times in the year when the subject is not taught.

Learning is not bridged in these times. This risks pupils forgetting the key knowledge when the subject is next taught.

Pupils with SEND have support in class which ensures that they access and enjoy the same curriculum as their peers.

The school engages with a variety of external agencies. This helps provide staff with specific training to meet the needs of pupils.

The school is part of the local community.

Pupils are proud of the community. The school's brass band is extremely well supported. All pupils from Year 4 and above are welcome to join the band.

Picking up an instrument is not a privilege at this school: it is a right for all pupils.

Trips and educational visits focus on the local community and beyond. Pupils enjoy the residential trips and the multitude of sporting opportunities that all pupils are welcome to join.

The school has its own swimming pool, which all pupils use at one time or another when they learn to swim. Pupils not only know British values, but they live and breathe them in how they behave. The pastoral support that pupils and families receive is strong.

Staff are proud to work at the school. They value the support from senior leaders and governors. Senior leaders are tenacious, robust and supportive.

The governors fulfil their duties with care and challenge. An unwavering focus on the children guides the decisions taken.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Additional support for weaker readers has been focused on a small cohort of pupils. This means that not all pupils have received the help they need. As a result, the proportion of pupils achieving the expected standard in the Year 1 phonics check is significantly below the national level.

The school needs to ensure that effective phonics support is given to all pupils who would benefit. ? In some subjects, the school has not fully considered times when the subject is not being explicitly taught. This means that opportunities to revisit taught knowledge in different subjects are missed.

This potentially risks the desired important knowledge not being secure and remembered by all pupils. The school must ensure that curriculum thinking, in every subject, provides regular opportunities to revisit and embed learning across the curriculum.


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 October 2013.

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