Park Brow Community Primary School

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Park Brow Community Primary School


Name Park Brow Community Primary School
Website http://www.parkbrowprimary.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Broad Lane, Southdene, Liverpool, L32 6QH
Phone Number 01514778540
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 445 (54.4% boys 45.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.2
Local Authority Knowsley
Percentage Free School Meals 47.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.6%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (05 October 2010)
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Information about the school

Park Brow Primary School is larger than the average primary school nationally and has increased in size since the last inspection. This increase is due to the closure of a neighbouring school in August 2009. The school operates on two sites about half a mile apart. The Broad Lane site houses the Early Years Foundation Stage which consists of two part-time Nursery classes and two classes of Reception-aged children. In addition, there are classes from Years 1 to 6. The Rockford Avenue site consists of Year groups 1 to 6 that were formerly part of the school that closed. Almost all pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is well above the national average. The proportion with special educational needs and/or disabilities is above average. The school has The Active Schools Award, Healthy Schools status and the Financial Management in Schools Award. The school is due to move to a new building on a site adjacent to the Broad Lane campus in September 2011.

Main findings

The school provides a good education for its pupils, who achieve well and make good progress in both their learning and personal development. At the end of Year 6, standards in English, mathematics and science are broadly average and this constitutes good progress given their low starting points on entry to the Nursery. Pupils behave well and have a good understanding of how to stay safe and lead a healthy lifestyle. They take on responsibilities around school well and play a full part in activities in their neighbourhood of Southdene. Levels of attendance have been in line or just below the average of all primary schools in recent years. However, attendance fell in the last school year despite the best efforts of staff and this is a key aspect for improvement. Teaching is good and accounts for the good overall progress made by all groups of pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The quality of teaching includes outstanding and good lessons but also a minority of lessons that are satisfactory. Though none of the teaching is inadequate, in the satisfactory lessons insufficient good learning is taking place. The curriculum is well planned. A recent development has been to introduce the International Primary Curriculum. This lays emphasis on learning through a wide range of topics and helps pupils’ understanding of global as well as local issues. Already it is proving popular with pupils. The provision for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage is good and the children achieve well while they are in the Nursery and Reception classes. The care, guidance and support of pupils provided by the staff are outstanding. The support for pupils and their families in vulnerable or distressing circumstances is exceptional. A key factor in this is the work of the inclusion team, which includes the Inclusion Manager and the learning mentors. School leaders and managers have faced the challenging changes of the last year with drive, commitment and much hard work. The headteacher and deputy headteacher have been outstanding in the task of bringing the two schools, their pupils and parents together and winning the hearts and minds of all as the school looks forward to its relocation. The school leaders, ably supported by the governing body, drive forward improvement well. They have consolidated the school’s performance and the quality of pupils’ learning since the time of the last inspection. This has been achieved during a period when the school roll has risen by more than a third and the school has been located on two sites. These factors indicate the school has good capacity to improve and provides good value for money.