Minerva Primary Academy

Name Minerva Primary Academy
Website https://minervaprimaryacademy.clf.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address The Greenway, Hillfields Park, Bristol, BS16 4HA
Phone Number 01173772990
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 347 (57.6% boys 42.4% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.6
Academy Sponsor Cabot Learning Federation
Local Authority Bristol, City of
Percentage Free School Meals 27.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 37.7%
Persisitent Absence 17.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.4%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (08 July 2014)
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Information about this school

In September 2012, Minerva Primary Academy became a sponsor-led academy, becoming part of the Cabot Learning Federation. Numbers on roll are increasing and pupil mobility is high. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is well above the national average. This is extra government funding given to the school for children known to be eligible for free school meals and children looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is well above average. The number of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. The school manages a breakfast club and after-school club. The school meets the government’s floor standards.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ achievement has improved since becoming an academy. The commitment to improving standards in reading and writing has resulted in pupils making good progress from their very low starting points. Teaching is good. There is a consistency of approach within lessons of checking what pupils know, can do and understand, and reshaping the activities to ensure all pupils makes progress. Groups of pupils, including those eligible for the pupil premium and those who are disabled and have special educational needs, achieve as well as, and often better than, other pupils. The school celebrates individual differences. Pupils are taught to respect all cultures and religions. These strong values can be seen in the way pupils respect staff and each other. Pupils feel safe and enjoy school. The Early Years Foundation Stage is a strength of the school. Provision is good. Determined and resolute leadership by the headteacher has ensured that all adults are clear about expectations and how they contribute to improvement. She has created an environment where good teaching can flourish. Leaders track the progress of every pupil meticulously. A comprehensive range of support is put in place for pupils to help to tackle any underachievement. The academy council knows the school’s strengths and weaknesses well and provides appropriate challenge to ensure an unrelenting drive for improvement. The wider governance from the Cabot Learning Federation has created a culture which promotes excellence. It provides training and development for all staff which are appreciated by all. Rigorous development of staff skills is put into place to achieve the federation’s ambitious vision for the future. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching. Pupils are not always given opportunities to respond to teachers’ marking and feedback. As a result, not all pupils make sufficiently accelerated progress. There are inconsistencies in the teaching of mathematics which result in lower attainment than in reading and writing.