The Bluecoat School, Stamford


Name The Bluecoat School, Stamford
Website http://www.bluecoatprimaryschool.com/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 15 December 2015
Address Green Lane, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 1HE
Phone Number 01780764202
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 223 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.2
Percentage Free School Meals 23.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.7%

Information about this school

This school is slightly smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is low, as is the proportion who speak English as an additional language, compared with national averages. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium (government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, and children who are looked after) is much higher than the national average. There is a Nursery and provision for a small number of two-year-old children on site. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher is an inspirational leader. She has worked closely with the highly effective deputy headteacher and a fully committed governing body to secure rapid improvements since the last inspection. As a result, outcomes for pupils have improved significantly. Leaders and governors have a very clear and accurate view of the school’s strengths. Staff, pupils and parents are highly supportive of the work of the senior leaders. Leaders have put in place rigorous systems for checking the progress of pupils. This means that teachers can support individual pupils very effectively. Leaders have ensured that all pupils make rapid and sustained progress from their starting points. Attendance has improved rapidly and is now above national averages. Persistent absence has been eradicated. Senior leaders have put in place a curriculum that promotes pupils’ enjoyment of learning and motivates them to apply themselves to their work. Pupils speak very highly about how much they like learning. They actively seek out ways to improve their work during lessons. Teachers skilfully deepen pupils’ understanding by asking searching questions. The development of language is a key strength of the school. It is consistently well modelled by staff. Leaders take every opportunity to develop pupils’ love of books and reading. Pupils are exceptionally well looked after. Staff know the pupils very well and keep a careful eye on their progress and welfare. Pupils’ behaviour in school is outstanding. They have a very clear understanding of how to keep themselves safe.