Belle Vue Primary School

Name Belle Vue Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 September 2012
Address Beaver Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 7PT
Phone Number 01228593161
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 424 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.3
Local Authority Cumbria
Percentage Free School Meals 7.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.4%
Persisitent Absence 3%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Belle Vue is an above average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below the national average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The majority of pupils are White British and there are few who speak English as an additional language. The school exceeds the government’s floor standards (the minimum standards and rate of progress expected for primary pupils).

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school because: Pupils are happy and well cared for by staff. They enjoy learning and are full of praise for the exciting extracurricular activities particularly in music and sport. Parents also feel this is a good school and praise the way staff manage pupils’ behaviour and keep them safe. Teaching is good and is sometimes outstanding. It is particularly strong in the Reception Year and in Year 6. Pupils make good progress throughout the school and achieve well. By the time they leave the school standards are above national levels. Pupils’ good, and sometimes impeccable, behaviour in lessons helps them to make good progress. They are eager to learn and try their very best to succeed. Around the school pupils are considerate and polite. The school has improved from ‘satisfactory’ to good. Both teaching and achievement have improved. This has been led strongly by the headteacher, his deputies and the governing body. Improvement is driven by a relentless focus on what is going on in classrooms and how it can be made even better. Methods for monitoring the work of the school are outstanding. Support for vulnerable pupils and those with special educational needs is highly effective. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not yet enough outstanding teaching and learning across the school. Activities in lessons are not always planned precisely enough to meet pupils’ different learning needs. This sometimes results in work that is too difficult or too easy. In less effective lessons there is too little time for pupils to reflect on their learning or extend their speaking skills. Achievement in reading at Key Stage 1, particularly for boys, is not as strong as in mathematics.