Burton End Primary Academy

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About Burton End Primary Academy

Name Burton End Primary Academy
Website http://www.burtonendschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Interim Headteacher Mr Graham Almond
Address School Lane, Burton End, Haverhill, CB9 9DE
Phone Number 01440702376
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 447
Local Authority Suffolk
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are proud of their school. They are happy in their learning and play.

Pupils feel well cared for. They know their teachers want them to do well academically and to be confident. Pupils really enjoy mathematics lessons.

They describe themselves as 'bookworms' and say that 'reading is awesome'. Pupils say how much they enjoy the 'Burton End Reading Challenge'.

The school is calm and purposeful.

Teachers have high expectations of pupils' behaviour in lessons and on the playground. As a result, pupils behave very well. They are good listeners and work together cooperatively.

Pupils are keen to take on roles of responsibility. For example,... the 'play leaders' look after younger pupils well during breaktimes.

The school provides a broad range of activities and opportunities for pupils.

These include many sports clubs and outdoor learning, including archery, skateboarding and gardening. Teachers plan lots of events and activities to make sure that pupils experience the world beyond their own community.

Pupils say that they feel safe in school.

They know what to do if they have a worry or concern. They told us that bullying is rare. It is not tolerated and is dealt with swiftly when it does happen.

Pupils have strong relationships with each other and with adults in the school.

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

Leaders have thought carefully about the curriculum. Plans ensure that pupils are well supported.

Teachers have a good knowledge of most subjects, including physical education (PE) and geography, and teach them effectively.

Reading is a priority in this school. Teachers are well trained.

Children are taught phonics from the moment they start school. Teachers ensure that reading books are carefully matched to the sounds that pupils are learning. Pupils say that 'reading is the best thing in the world'.

They talk gleefully about the books that their teachers read to them. They are particularly proud of their new library.

Teachers do not have high enough expectations of pupils' handwriting and presentation, particularly in key stage 1.

Pupils' work is not always clearly and neatly presented.

Mathematics is a strength. Learning in mathematics is well planned and delivered.

Pupils build on their learning from one year to the next. They explain their thinking confidently and apply their mathematical knowledge to a variety of problems.

Leaders and staff want all pupils to achieve their best.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are supported well.

Behaviour has improved since the previous inspection. Pupils have positive attitudes to learning.

They demonstrate the school's values of empathy, resilience and respect in their relationships with staff and each other. The well-being of pupils is given a high priority. As a result, pupils grow in confidence, attend school more regularly and learn more.

Children in the early years are safe and happy. Activities are carefully planned.Adults help children to extend their vocabulary and to use new words correctly.

For example, during the inspection, children recognised that a picture of the London Eye was 'like a circle' and that a hexagon 'has six straight sides'. Children enjoy good relationships with adults and each other. Adults are attentive to children's needs.

Routines are well established, and children are interested in what they do.

Leaders make sure that there are many opportunities for parents and carers to learn more about how best to support their children, for example through workshops about early reading and online safety. Parents told us how pleased they are with the school and how much their children enjoy attending.

The school has improved greatly since the previous inspection but there is still work to do. The school's approach to assessment is not fully effective. Some tasks do not challenge pupils enough, particularly in writing.

Some staff do not have high enough expectations about how pupils should present their work.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

There is a strong culture of safeguarding.

Staff are well trained in knowing what to do if they have concerns about pupils. Leaders act quickly on information they are given. They report safeguarding concerns quickly and work with external agencies so that pupils and families get the help they need.

Leaders make sure that all checks are carried out on adults before they start working at the school. Pupils know how to keep themselves safe, including when they are online.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

Tasks are not always adapted to challenge pupils, particularly in writing.

As a result, some pupils do not achieve the best they can. Tasks should be adapted to routinely challenge pupils. .

Leaders use several different assessment systems. The impact of their use is not always clear. Chosen assessment approaches should be refined to ensure that they support teachers to check pupils' knowledge and understanding across all subjects.

. Teachers do not have high enough expectations of pupils' handwriting and presentation, particularly in key stage 1. In addition, pupils are not always taught how to form letters well enough.

As a result, pupils' work is not always clear and well presented, and letters are poorly formed. Leaders should ensure that all staff have high standards regarding how pupils present their work. Leaders should also ensure that staff support pupils to develop correct letter formation.

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