Bradley Primary School

Name Bradley Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 November 2013
Address Dover Street, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 7RF
Phone Number 01282615772
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 420
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.6
Local Authority 888
Percentage Free School Meals 15.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 96.4%
Persisitent Absence 9%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Bradley Primary School is larger than the average-sized primary school. Almost all pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds and the proportion who speak English as an additional language is well above average. A few pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below the national average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is below average. The pupil premium is additional government funding provided for children in local authority care, for children from armed service families, and for children known to be eligible for free school meals. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress in English and mathematics. Since the previous inspection three new teachers have been appointed and there have been new appointments to the leadership and management team. The school offers a breakfast club managed by the governing body.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school has improved since the last inspection so that achievement is now good. All groups of pupils make good progress from their significantly low starting points on entry to the Early Years Foundation Stage. As a result, standards are improving. As a result of the leadership team’s drive to improve the school’s performance teaching is now good and sometimes outstanding. Teachers are enthusiastic and ensure that pupils are inspired to learn well. Behaviour is good. Pupils are very polite and courteous showing respect for each other and adults. They understand clearly what is right and wrong and enjoy celebrating each other’s success. Pupils say they feel safe because everyone looks after each other. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good. Pupils have access to a wide range of additional activities which extend and support their learning. Leadership and management of the school have improved since the previous inspection. The headteacher leads the school well. Regular, accurate and thorough analysis of assessment information has improved the quality of pupils’ learning greatly. Leaders and members of the governing body check the school’s work thoroughly. The governing body knows the school well and challenges the headteacher to ensure that necessary improvements are made. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not all lessons have quick pace throughout because teachers spend too long talking. Teacher’s planning does not allow enough opportunities for pupils to work independently. The most able pupils are not always challenged enough. Skills pupils learn in mathematics lessons are not developed well through other subjects. The profile of mathematics is not high enough to help pupils understand fully the importance of the subject. Not all the roles of leaders and managers are fully developed.