The Brow Community Primary School

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About The Brow Community Primary School

Name The Brow Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs L Webb
Address The Clough, Halton Brow, Runcorn, WA7 2HB
Phone Number 01928563089
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 144
Local Authority Halton
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils enjoy coming to this school.

They are all made to feel part of The Brow community. Pupils know that staff care for them. As some pupils explained, 'We feel safe because our teachers look out for us.'

Staff have high expectations of pupils' behaviour and achievement. Pupils work hard to live up to these expectations and they successfully learn the curriculum. They are thrilled to have their positive actions recognised with praise points, or to be named on the 'shout-out' board.

Pupils are tolerant and respectful of one another. They enjoy strong relationships with their friends and with the adults in the school. Pupils said that bullying is v...ery rare.

They told inspectors that their teachers would deal with any incidents of bullying quickly, should they occur.

Pupils attend a wealth of extra-curricular activities. They spoke with enthusiasm about the choir, blogging and ukulele clubs.

Leaders ensure that all pupils benefit from a range of trips that help to widen their experiences. Recently, pupils have visited a local laboratory, a museum and a library. Older pupils take their leadership responsibilities seriously.

They enjoy looking after and reading to their friends in the early years. School councillors explained that they get to make important decisions about school life.

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

Leaders have maintained an unrelenting focus on improving the curriculum.

It is ambitious for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and those in the specially resourced provisions for SEND (specially resourced provision). The curriculum is well ordered and builds on pupils' prior knowledge. Pupils in key stages 1 and 2 achieve well.

Children in the early years also experience a high-quality curriculum. As a result, children in the early years are well prepared for the demands of key stage 1.

Leaders support teachers to ensure that the curriculum is delivered effectively.

Leaders have made clear the exact knowledge and vocabulary that pupils need to learn. For example, children in the early years use mathematical vocabulary, such as 'equal' and 'doubling', with confidence. However, in a small number of curriculum areas, teachers do not ensure that pupils' subject-specific vocabulary is as secure as it could be.

This can limit the depth to which some pupils are able to talk about their learning.

In most subjects, teachers regularly check what pupils have learned. This helps teachers to address pupils' misconceptions and to prepare the next steps in pupils' learning.

However, in one or two subjects, leaders' assessment systems are at an earlier stage of development. In these subjects, teachers' understanding of how well pupils achieve is less precise.Leaders have invested in a range of appropriate books to foster a love of reading among pupils.

Pupils said that they enjoy reading and being read to by their teachers. Children in the Nursery class listen attentively to stories and rhymes. They are well prepared to learn phonics as soon as they enter the Reception class.

Staff have received regular training in phonics. This helps them to deliver the curriculum well. Pupils use their phonics knowledge to help them to read the books that are closely matched to the sounds that they know.

Effective systems of support are in place to help any pupils who may find reading more difficult. Consequently, pupils are developing into confident, fluent readers.

Classrooms are productive environments.

Pupils display positive attitudes to their learning. They can learn without interruptions. Pupils in the specially resourced provisions listen attentively to their teachers.

Children in the early years remain focused on their learning activities.

Pupils have a good understanding of British values. They understand the importance of democracy and enjoy the opportunity to vote on a different debate each week.

Pupils learn about different qualities, such as resilience and confidence, in their 'virtue' assemblies. They appreciate how these qualities will help them to succeed in life.

Staff quickly identify pupils with SEND.

Teachers make effective adaptations to the delivery of learning activities, when appropriate for these pupils. This ensures pupils with SEND, including those in the specially resourced provisions, have full access to the curriculum. Leaders access appropriate specialist help to support pupils with SEND when required.

These actions help all pupils with SEND, including those in the specially resourced provisions, to achieve well.

Staff are proud to work at the school. They appreciate the consideration that leaders and governors have of their workload and well-being.

Governors have received additional training to help them to evaluate the quality of education. This is enabling them to support and challenge leaders' actions to improve the curriculum apace.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Staff receive appropriate safeguarding training on a regular basis. This equips them to be able to identify any child who may be at risk of harm. Staff understand the importance of reporting any safeguarding concerns quickly.

Leaders' safeguarding records are detailed and actions taken are timely. The family support worker helps ensure that vulnerable pupils and their families have access to the support that they need to stay safe.

Pupils understand how to keep themselves safe.

Leaders use the curriculum well to help pupils to recognise what is appropriate and inappropriate content when online. Visitors such as the community police officer help pupils understand the dangers of gang culture and knife crime.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a small number of subjects, some teachers do not ensure that pupils understand and use subject-specific vocabulary as well as they could.

This means that, on occasions, some pupils are less able to talk about their learning using the appropriate technical language. Leaders should ensure that all teachers enable pupils to understand and to use subject-specific vocabulary to deepen their learning of the curriculum. ? Leaders' assessment systems in a small number of subjects do not highlight exactly how well pupils are learning the intended curriculum.

This hinders teachers from being able to identify those pupils who require further support. Leaders need to refine their assessment systems in these subjects to ensure that they can accurately identify exactly how well pupils are achieving. This will ensure that next steps can be more closely tailored to pupils' learning needs.

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