Dixons Music Primary

Name Dixons Music Primary
Website http://www.dixonsmp.com/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 15 June 2016
Address Trinity Road, Bradford, BD5 0BE
Phone Number 01274424350
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 418 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.7
Academy Sponsor Dixons Academies Trust Ltd
Local Authority Bradford
Percentage Free School Meals 12.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 16.5%
Persisitent Absence 6.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This two-form entry primary is a free school and forms part of the Dixons’ Academies Trust. It has a specialism in music and serves the whole of Bradford. The school reserves a small number of places for pupils demonstrating musical aptitude. The school opened in September 2012 and currently has pupils in the Reception Year and Years 1 to 3. It will grow to full capacity in 2018. Consequently, there are no Year 6 standardised test results to compare with the national floor standards. Children in the Reception class attend full-time. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and support through pupil premium funding is below average. The pupil premium is additional government funding to support disadvantaged pupils and those looked after by the local authority. The majority of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds, with the biggest single group being of Pakistani heritage. An above-average proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language. An average proportion of pupils receive additional support to meet their special educational needs or disability. The proportion with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is also average. The school runs a breakfast club which is managed by the governing body. The school operates in a building shared with its partner secondary school. The school’s website meets requirements.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The principal’s clear vision for the school, and unrelenting drive to realise it, have resulted in considerable improvements since the previous inspection. This is a school where staff are absolutely committed to continuous improvement. They test out initiatives to find the best ways to help pupils learn. They are rigorous in innovating and this has brought significant dividends for pupils’ learning and their well-being. The quality of teaching is outstanding because : frequent expert advice from the principal has helped teachers, many of whom are new to the profession, to develop their skills at pace. Pupils in all year groups make outstanding progress and, overall, their attainment is above average. Disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs and disability make the same rapid progress as their classmates. Pupils achieve well in music. They sing together with enthusiasm, following the teacher’s lead carefully to get the pitch and tempo right. Pupils love learning and work hard because staff have successfully shared the school’s high aspirations with them. They believe they can ‘go to university, get a top job and have a great life’. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary: they are courteous and polite. They follow the school’s strict routines for conduct so no time is wasted in lessons and movement around the building is orderly and brisk. Children in the Reception class get off to a flying start and are very well prepared for Year 1. This year a higher proportion are on track to reach the level expected for their age. The curriculum offers pupils a rich diet of music and performing arts along with a wide range of sporting activities, visits and visitors. This makes a very well-rounded contribution to pupils’ outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Leadership at all levels is developing strongly. Middle leaders lead their areas energetically and with close attention to detail. Governance has improved. The governing body challenges senior and middle leaders regularly and rigorously. This has contributed well to the school’s improvement.