Brandesburton Primary School

Name Brandesburton Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 December 2011
Address Main Street, Brandesburton, Driffield, YO25 8RG
Phone Number 01964542472
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 170 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.2
Local Authority East Riding of Yorkshire
Percentage Free School Meals 5.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 5.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 5.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

This school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. It serves the local village and some outlying rural areas on the eastern edge of the Wolds. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. An average proportion is known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average but the number with a statement of special educational needs is above average. There have been several staffing changes within the last three years. The school has Healthy School status and holds a number of awards including the Active mark and the Eco-silver award. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Main findings

This is a good school. Pupils clearly appreciate all the school has to offer them. They say ‘lessons are fun’ and ‘there is nothing we want to change.’ The school has several outstanding elements. Behaviour is outstanding and is fully reflected in pupils’ keenness to do well. Pupils make an excellent contribution to the community and they are proud to be members of this school. The engagement of parents and carers is first rate. They are fully consulted and involved in the school’s decision-making. The school takes outstanding care of pupils and gives them excellent support and guidance. This is why pupils have excellent safety awareness. Achievement is good. From starting points that are typical of their age, children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make satisfactory progress overall. However, staff sometimes miss opportunities to challenge children and encourage them to be independent learners. Progress is good in Years 1 to 6 because pupils are taught well in every class and they follow an interesting and engaging curriculum. A larger proportion of higher-attaining pupils reaches the higher levels in English than in mathematics. This is because they have extensive opportunities to use and apply their literacy skills in other subjects whereas in mathematics this is not happening to the same extent. Good leadership, management and governance have ensured the school has continued to perform well since the last inspection, building on its strengths and adopting some innovative practice. The curriculum is vibrant, assessment is more rigorous and pupils’ achievement in reading and writing has strengthened. Self-evaluation is accurate and the school has identified the right priorities for improvement. It has, for example, taken swift action to strengthen provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage by putting in extra support and is aware that there is more to be done. The result is an exceptionally happy school, which pupils, parents, carers and staff hold in high regard. The school demonstrates its good capacity for sustained improvement.