|Name||Belton Lane Community Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||28 January 2020|
|Address||Green Lane, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 9PP|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||279 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||17.9|
|Percentage Free School Meals||20.1%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||14%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||20.4%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Belton Lane Community Primary School continues to be a good school.
What is it like to attend this school?
Pupils are polite and welcoming. They were keen to tell me how well they get on with each other and the staff. Staff teach pupils to be kind and considerate to others. They are well mannered and are happy at school. Because all staff expect them to behave well, they do. Pupils say they feel safe at school and that bullying is rare. They trust staff to sort out any worries or problems, should they arise.
Pupils are given chances to help with the running of the school. School councillors told me that they were proud of the school’s library areas that they had helped to design. They say that there is a good range of clubs that are well attended.
The headteacher and staff put pupils’ needs first. Young children in the Reception Year make a good start to school life. Throughout the school, pupils’ learning needs are well provided for. Pupils achieve well in all subjects. Those who struggle with learning, especially in English and mathematics, get timely help. This extra help is given in the lesson or on the same afternoon. This means they are ready for the next lesson.
What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?
Effective training by leaders helps staff adopt consistent approaches when working with pupils. Pupils receive clear guidance on how to learn and how to behave. Senior and subject leaders help all staff understand expectations. Staff say that they value this guidance and enjoy learning from one another.Senior and subject leaders ensure that learning in each year group builds on what pupils already know. In classes where there have been staff changes, senior leaders ensure that new staff understand the school’s methods. This includes how to ensure that pupils behave well. Staff are clear, in each subject, what new knowledge they are teaching to pupils. Throughout the school, pupils are well placed to be able to achieve well in all subjects.From the start of the Reception Year, the teaching of reading has a high priority. Younger children use their phonics knowledge well to help them read new words. Leaders and staff ensure that pupils build up their skills and knowledge quickly. Pupils told me that they enjoy reading and being read to in class. They read books fluently and understand what they are reading. They use their reading skills to help them learn in other subjects. They like the rewards they receive for reading.
Pupils do well in mathematics. Leaders and staff have ensured that learning, from day to day, week to week and year to year, builds on what pupils already know. A strong feature is pupils’ knowledge of basic number and number facts. Leaders know that some teachers need further guidance so that they can teach pupils effectively how to solve problems and to explain their answers. They have begun to give this support to teachers who need it.
In science, the curriculum is effective in developing pupils’ scientific knowledge. They are taught to use scientific words such as ‘reflect’ and ‘opaque’ accurately when studying light. Sometimes, in science, when teachers’ subject knowledge of science is weaker, there is too little emphasis on scientific investigations.
Staff include pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) in all learning and activities. Each pupil with SEND has a plan to guide their development. These pupils do well at school.
In the early years, children settle well. They are thoroughly prepared for Year 1. They are taught to sit and listen well. Writing and pencil grip are carefully taught. Children soon learn to join up their letters and write neatly. Parents and carers of pupils in the Reception class are closely involved with their children’s learning at school. Many attended a pre-arranged meeting to see their children learning mathematics at the end of the second day of the inspection. Parents appreciate the regular online communication about their child’s learning.
The curriculum gives pupils ample opportunities to take part in sporting activities and competitions. There are a good range of much-enjoyed clubs on offer for them. Pupils can speak confidently about the religions they learn about.
Pupils feel safe in school and act with consideration for others. Relationships are a strength. In classes, they behave well and try hard. Pupils take pride in their work and their books. Each pupil often works with a learning partner and they help each other learn.
The great majority of parents regard the school positively. Most pupils attend regularly but a few pupils are persistently absent from school.
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.
Keeping children safe has a high priority. The school’s systems of identifying and reporting risks are comprehensive. Staff training is effective and there are well-understoodprocesses in place to take any action necessary when concerns about a pupil’s well-being arise.
Pupils learn how to use the internet safely and are aware of threats and dangers online. Pupils are supervised well and staff work to ensure that the school is safe and calm. Parents say that they are confident that pupils are safe here.
What does the school need to do to improve?
(Information for the school and appropriate authority)
There are minor inconsistencies in the way the curriculum is implemented in some classes. Sometimes, this is due to teachers’ subject knowledge. In science, this is particularly the case in developing pupils’ skills in scientific investigation. In mathematics, in some classes, pupils’ reasoning and problem-solving skills are less secure than their ability to undertake calculations. Leaders should continue to give teachers support so that precise and effective curriculum implementation is fully consistent throughout the school. . A small number of pupils are absent from school too often. This puts them at risk of not achieving as well as they could. Leaders should work to ensure that these pupils attend regularly so that they can achieve as highly as possible in all subjects.
When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good. This is called a section 8 inspection of a good school or non-exempt outstanding school. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find some evidence that the school could now be better than good or that standards may be declining, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection. Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will convert the section 8 inspection to a section 5 inspection immediately.
This is the second section 8 inspection since we judged the school to be good on 22–23 March 2011.