New Brighton Primary School

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About New Brighton Primary School

Name New Brighton Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Daniel Armer
Address Vaughan Road, Wallasey, CH45 1LH
Phone Number 01516393869
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 598
Local Authority Wirral
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils enjoy coming to school.

This includes those pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). All pupils, including those in the specially resourced provisions for pupils with SEND (specially resourced provisions), value the strong relationships that they have with adults in school.

Recently, the school has raised its expectations of what pupils can and should achieve.

Pupils, including those with SEND, and those who are disadvantaged, rise to these expectations. They work hard in lessons and they try their best to succeed. As a result of pupils' hard work, they achieve well.

Pupils behave respectfully towards one another and t...owards adults. Pupils told inspectors that they feel happy and safe. From the early years to Year 6, there is a calm and orderly atmosphere that enables pupils to focus well on their learning.

Disruption to lessons is rare. Pupils trust adults to deal with any incidents of misbehaviour quickly.Pupils take full advantage of the wide range of enrichment activities that the school provides for them beyond the academic curriculum.

Pupils benefit from opportunities to take part in activities such as fencing and football. They relish performing with the school's singing club, for example at a local church.

Pupils enjoy visiting the local beach, museums and a safari park.

To enhance their learning about staying safe in the local area, a national charity visited pupils to deliver sessions on coastal safety. A local Olympic boxer also spoke at the school to help pupils to understand the importance of resilience and perseverance.

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

Following a period of considerable change and staffing instability, the school has successfully overhauled the quality of education that pupils receive.

In most subjects, and in the early years, the school has given careful thought to the important knowledge that pupils should learn. Curriculums are ordered logically. Typically, this enables most pupils to build securely on what they already know and can do.

Children in the early years are well prepared for all that Year 1 has to offer.In one or two subjects, the school has not ensured that staff are clear enough about the knowledge that pupils should learn. In these subjects, staff are sometimes less well equipped to design the most appropriate activities to help pupils to learn new ideas.

On occasion, this means that some pupils, including a few pupils with SEND, do not achieve all that they could. Nevertheless, in the main, pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education.In most subjects, staff are adept at addressing pupils' misconceptions.

They use assessment strategies well to identify where pupils have gaps in their knowledge.Staff successfully adapt the delivery of the curriculum to address any deficits in pupils' learning. Consequently, most pupils achieve well across the curriculum.

A love of reading permeates the school. Pupils in key stages 1 and 2, and children in the early years, read widely and often. Staff have been suitably trained to deliver the coherent phonics programme.

Children in the early years build their communication skills and begin to link sounds and letters. Pupils practise reading using books that closely match the sounds that they have learned. Staff check carefully that pupils can remember previously learned sounds.

Pupils who may be struggling to keep up with the phonics programme receive effective support. As a result, most pupils are confident and fluent readers by the end of Year 2.The school identifies the additional needs of pupils with SEND quickly and accurately.

Staff in the specially resourced provisions successfully adapt the delivery of the curriculum to meet the needs of pupils with more complex SEND. These pupils achieve consistently well. In the main school, however, a small number of staff are not as confident in how to use the information that they have about pupils with SEND to adapt the delivery of the curriculum.

On occasion, this prevents some pupils with SEND in the main school from achieving all that they could.Children in the early years quickly learn to follow routines. Pupils across the rest of the school concentrate well in lessons.

They are proud of themselves when they succeed. The school has successfully embedded systems to improve pupils' rates of attendance. The majority of pupils attend school every day.

Pupils make everyone feel welcome in their school. They learn about fundamental British values and they understand the need to respect people's differences. Pupils know how to keep themselves safe online and how to keep themselves physically and mentally healthy.

Annual residential trips, such as going on a ferry to the Isle of Man, or visiting London, help to develop pupils' independence skills and to broaden their horizons. Pupils, including those with SEND and those who are disadvantaged, benefit from the wide range of extra-curricular clubs that are offered to nurture their talents.Governors understand their statutory duties and they fulfil their responsibilities well.

They have a firm grasp of the school's strengths and areas for further development. Governors are supportive of staff. They also challenge and successfully hold the leadership team to account for the quality of education that pupils receive.

Staff are overwhelmingly positive about the consideration that leaders give to their workload when they introduce change. Staff feel valued and they take pride in their work.Parents and carers praised the school's approach to communication.

Typically, parents feel confident to ask questions and they reported that any issues are dealt with quickly and effectively.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a few curriculum areas, the school has not ensured that staff understand exactly what pupils must learn.

This hinders how well some staff design activities to help pupils to learn new information. Occasionally this also prevents a few pupils from achieving all that they could. The school should make sure that staff have the knowledge and skills that they need to deliver the curriculum as intended.

• In a few subjects, the school has not ensured that some staff know how to adapt the delivery of the curriculum for pupils with SEND. From time to time, this means that a few pupils with SEND do not achieve as highly as they could. The school should ensure that staff are suitably equipped to meet the needs of pupils with SEND so that they learn all that they should.

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