Outwood Junior Academy Brumby

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About Outwood Junior Academy Brumby

Name Outwood Junior Academy Brumby
Website http://www.brumbyjunior.outwood.com
Ofsted Inspections
Mr Steve Tait
Address Queensway, Scunthorpe, DN16 2HY
Phone Number 01724865644
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 470
Local Authority North Lincolnshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Leaders have the highest of expectations for pupils.

They have successfully and comprehensively addressed the weaknesses of the predecessor school. Leaders have united staff behind the academy's vision to 'Raise standards and transform lives.' Staff show the deepest commitment and care for pupils.

Effective and engaging teaching of a well-considered curriculum has improved pupils' achievement. Pupils are increasingly well prepared for their next steps.

Warm and positive relationships between staff and pupils contribute to the happy and family feel of the academy.

Pupils enjoy learning. They work hard in lessons and respond to the instructions of thei...r teachers. There is a calm and purposeful atmosphere in each classroom.

Pupils strive to earn 'super swirls' by following the school rules. Pupils are not worried about bullying as it rarely happens. When it does, staff act quickly to resolve any issues.

This helps pupils to feel safe.

Leaders have recently established a 'family hub' to provide support for children and their families. Activities such as 'family cooking' and 'keep up with your children's English' are helping to foster positive relationships with families.

Pupils play a big part in the leadership of the school. Reading leaders, mental health leaders, play leaders and the school parliament all make decisions and contribute to the school's success. Pupils feel proud of their school and their contribution to it.

There are a wide variety of well-attended after-school clubs to develop pupils' talents and interests. Leaders listen to pupils' views about the clubs that they would like to take part in and make these available.

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

Leaders have systematically tackled the right priorities to improve the academy.

Their relentless yet supportive focus on raising standards has resulted in rapid improvements to the quality of education that pupils receive. Staff from the trust have worked with subject leaders to help them to identify the precise knowledge that pupils should learn in each subject. Leaders provide regular training for staff to ensure that they have the subject knowledge to teach each subject.

Leaders visit lessons frequently and check that the curriculums for their subject are being well taught and that pupils are achieving well.

Leaders provide regular coaching for teachers to ensure that they have the most up- to-date knowledge on how to help pupils to remember what they have been taught. Teachers value this support.

Teachers skilfully break learning down into small steps. They choose activities that help pupils to build their knowledge. Teachers provide additional support and adapt activities for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) so that they can access the curriculum alongside their peers.

Teachers check carefully in lessons to make sure that pupils are keeping up. Leaders keep a watchful eye on pupils' achievement. They ensure that those pupils who need extra help receive it.

However, in a small number of subjects, such as religious education (RE) and science, some content is not revisited frequently enough. This means that some pupils occasionally forget what they have been taught.

There is a strong focus on making sure pupils are fluent readers.

Effective systems are in place to identify any gaps in pupils' reading knowledge when they start at the academy. These are quickly addressed. Pupils still at the early stages of learning to read are well supported in lessons and receive frequent catch-up sessions.

As a result, these pupils quickly develop fluency and confidence in reading. Pupil reading ambassadors help pupils to choose books from the school's enticing library area. Staff read regularly to pupils.

This helps pupils to develop a love of reading.

Leaders identify pupils with SEND carefully. They ensure that staff understand pupils' learning needs and how they can help them.

This results in pupils with SEND being well supported. As a result, they achieve well. Those pupils with social, emotional or mental health needs are exceptionally well supported.

They benefit from a precise programme of tailored interventions delivered by well trained staff. This helps these pupils to engage in their learning and develop positive relationships with their peers.

Leaders are committed to ensuring that pupils are prepared for life in modern Britain.

In 'Time to' lessons, pupils learn about people who are different to themselves. Pupils know that all people, regardless of their differences, should be treated equally. Pupils learn how to be responsible citizens and have healthy relationships with each other.

Those responsible for governance know the school well. Regular visits by members of the local academy council and the board of trustees enable them to check the information that leaders share with them and see the impact of leaders' actions. This gives them a detailed knowledge of how leaders are working to improve the academy which helps them to hold leaders to account.

Staff are overwhelmingly positive about the support that they receive from leaders. Staff describe leaders as 'caring and visible'. Leaders give careful consideration to staff workload and make sure that staff have the time and support that they need.

The strong team ethos is palpable. Staff and leaders support one another and are rightly proud to work together for the pupils in the academy.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders ensure that staff are regularly trained to understand potential risks of harm. Staff raise any concerns about pupils' safety with leaders promptly. Leaders follow these up well, working with external agencies when necessary to ensure that children and families are well supported.

Pupils are taught how to manage some of the risks that they might face. Leaders have ensured that pupils understand how to stay safe when working online. A workshop to help pupils understand about knife crime and county lines has equipped them with the knowledge they need to understand and manage these potential risks.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a small number of subjects, such as science and RE, pupils do not revisit some learning often enough to help them to transfer knowledge to their long-term memory. As a result, some pupils have gaps in their knowledge in some subjects. Leaders should consider which knowledge needs to be revisited and revised to help pupils to remember what they have been taught.

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