Fulbridge Academy

Name Fulbridge Academy
Website http://www.fulbridgeacademy.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 01 March 2012
Address Keeton Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE1 3JQ
Phone Number 01733566990
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 904 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.9
Academy Sponsor Four Cs Mat
Local Authority Peterborough
Percentage Free School Meals 18.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 65.4%
Persisitent Absence 8.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Fulbridge Primary School is much larger than most primary schools. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is above average. Well above average proportions of pupils come from minority ethnic heritages. Two thirds of pupils currently at the school speak English as an additional language. The percentage of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is well above the national average. The number of pupils joining and leaving the school at different times during the year is above that normally found. The school meets the government’s current floor standard. It is a National School of Creativity. It holds Healthy Schools status, Artsmark Silver and Race Equality awards. The governing body manages Fulbridge Gems and Little Gems, which provide term-time childcare from 8.30am to 3.30pm and 8.00am to 6.00pm respectively. The provision in Little Gems is for the youngest children up to the age of three and is reported in a separate childcare section within the report. References to the Early Years Foundation Stage within the main report include judgements about Little Gems as well as the school’s Nursery and Reception Years. There is a Children’s Centre on site that is inspected and reported on separately.

Key findings

Fulbridge Primary School is an outstanding school that provides its pupils with a creative, stimulating and innovative curriculum. Pupils thoroughly enjoy coming to school because they are so motivated by the wide range of interesting activities on offer. Achievement is outstanding. Children enter school with skills well below those expected for their age. A high proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language. Standards in English are lower than those in mathematics, but overall most pupils, including disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, make rapid and sustained progress year on year from their starting points. Consequently, by the end of Year 6, they have reached broadly similar levels to all pupils nationally. Teaching is outstanding. This is because teachers have strong subject knowledge, imaginative teaching methods and high expectations that are clearly communicated to pupils. The use of assessment to support learning is particularly effective. Consequently, teachers plan work that is extremely well matched to pupils’ needs. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. Their highly positive attitudes to learning make a significant contribution to their rapid progress in lessons. Around the school, pupils are consistently polite and considerate towards each other. The school promotes their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development exceptionally well. The leadership of teaching and management of performance in the school are outstanding. Led by a highly effective headteacher, the school constantly strives to improve its work. The school’s multicultural community is fully inclusive and cohesive. Leaders and managers, including the governing body, have secured significant improvement in key aspects of the school’s performance since the previous inspection and this has resulted in raised attainment over a sustained period of time. Parents and carers are highly positive about how the school cares for and supports their children’s learning.