Blackbrook Primary School

Name Blackbrook Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 01 October 2013
Address Ashbourne Crescent, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 2RA
Phone Number 01823338138
Type Academy
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.9
Academy Sponsor The Oak Partnership Trust
Local Authority Somerset
Percentage Free School Meals 14.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 21.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is an average-size primary school. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium (additional funding for looked after children, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children of service families) is below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs who are supported through school action is in line with the national average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is lower than the national average. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics in Year 6. The school has recently been awarded the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award Level 1.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Leadership and management are excellent. The headteacher, supported by effective senior and middle leaders, has a relentless drive to increase pupil progress and ensure high quality teaching. The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. They are very well mannered, polite, courteous and helpful. Pupils have a very positive attitude towards their learning. They work independently of adults, demonstrate resilience and persevere particularly when tasks set by teachers are very challenging. Pupils are very well cared for by all the adults in the school. They know how to keep themselves safe and say that bullying is very rare. Teaching is good across the school and much is outstanding. In the best lessons, teachers plan challenging activities and ensure that pupils understand what they have to do next to improve. Achievement is good as pupil progress has accelerated recently due to effective teaching and the careful tracking of every pupil. Additional adults in school provide effective support for small groups or individual pupils who need extra help to ensure that they make good progress. Governors effectively challenge the headteacher to ensure that the school provides a very good education for its pupils. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Too few pupils make more than expected progress by the time they leave the school.