Forsbrook CofE Controlled Primary School

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About Forsbrook CofE Controlled Primary School

Name Forsbrook CofE Controlled Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Kate Cooke
Address Cheadle Road, Blythe Bridge, Stoke-on-Trent, ST11 9PW
Phone Number 01782392577
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary controlled school
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 240
Local Authority Staffordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

This school goes above and beyond for all pupils. The school's vision and values underpin everything done in school.

Pupils are extremely happy to attend this school. They particularly enjoy their lessons and learning with their friends. Many pupils attend the breakfast club.

This helps pupils get off to a flying start each day. Pupils feel very safe in this school. Parents and carers agree that this school works hard to keep pupils safe.

Leaders have the highest expectations for pupils' achievement. Pupils know these expectations well and live up to them fully. Pupils are extremely polite, well mannered and exceptionally well behaved.

Classrooms are... remarkably calm and well-ordered places for learning. On the playground, pupils enjoy spending time playing with their friends.

There is a fantastic range of experiences beyond the classroom for pupils to take part in.

These include a residential trip to London with time to visit a show in the West End. Pupils have opportunities to build and race a Goblin kit car. Many pupils opt to train as first aiders or mental health ambassadors.

This helps them to support their peers if necessary. Pupils are very mindful of others with extra needs. They adapt what they are doing to include others.

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

The school curriculum is highly ambitious. It is well established and taught consistently well across school. Teachers receive high-quality training to teach the curriculum and have extremely strong subject knowledge.

The curriculum is well sequenced to help pupils know and remember more over time. Pupils successfully achieve the aims of the curriculum. In the early years, children enjoy meaningful experiences across all areas of learning.

Staff are highly adept in meeting the needs of all pupils. Disadvantaged pupils achieve well because of high levels of support. Staff are quick to identify pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

These pupils are particularly well supported academically, socially and physically in school. This extra support provided enables pupils with SEND to successfully access the same curriculum as others and they achieve very well.

The teaching of early reading begins as soon as children join school.

Children very quickly begin to learn the sounds which letters make. Reading stamina increases as pupils progress through school. Pupils are fluent and read with confidence.

Pupils enjoy a range of books from authors such as Lewis Carroll to Marcus Rashford.

The school has a clear and effective behaviour policy. Pupils were able to contribute their views to this.

Pupils understand and respond well to the high expectations set by staff. Poor behaviour is not an issue here. There is a strong culture of positivity and respect for all.

Pupils' behaviour is of the highest order.The school promotes an extensive range of personal development opportunities for pupils so no one misses out. There is a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs on offer.

Reindeers visited the school last Christmas to give pupils a magical experience. The school goes above and beyond to ensure pupils participate in a range of events. These include the November Firework Spectacular and the service of Remembrance.

The school provides many opportunities and experiences to enhance pupils' moral understanding. These include participating in community and charity events. For example, pupils collect and donate food for the local homeless centre and food bank.

Pupils have wonderful opportunities to broaden their experiences beyond the academic curriculum.

Pupils are exceptionally well prepared for life in modern Britain. The school ensures that pupils have a secure understanding of fundamental British values.

Pupils vote to elect school councillors and committee members via a secret ballot. All pupils develop a strong understanding of respect and tolerance. This begins in the early years curriculum where children are taught about different cultures.

For example, children learn about the Hindu festival of Holi. Older pupils also learn about views, opinions and beliefs that may be different from their own. They do this in ways that are meaningful.

This includes pen-friendships with pupils in an international school in Qatar. This helps them learn about life in other countries and cultures.

Leaders are keenly mindful of staff workload.

They seek every opportunity to support their colleagues in this area. Governors provide very clear strategic direction. They support and challenge leaders to help achieve the very best for all.

They ensure they fully meet their statutory duties.

The school engages extremely well with the local community. Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school.

As one parent stated; 'We cannot speak highly enough of this school. All the staff have the children's best interests at heart.'


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

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Forsbrook Nursery & Childcare Blythe Bridge High School

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