|Name||Bridport Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Requires improvement|
|Inspection Date||19 March 2019|
|Address||St Andrew’s Road, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3BJ|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||380 (51% boys 49% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||22.9|
|Academy Sponsor||The Minerva Learning Trust (Dorset)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||10.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||1.8%|
Information about this school
This is a larger-than-average primary school. The school converted to an academy in 2016 and is part of The Minerva Learning Trust. There are one secondary and three primary schools in the trust. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium funding is below the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is above the national average, as is the proportion of those who have an education, health and care plan.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a school that requires improvement Pupils are not making enough progress because of inconsistent teaching. Disadvantaged pupils are not making enough progress, because the pupil premium is not being used specifically enough. Pupils’ progress in mathematics is not as strong as in literacy because pupils are not challenged and supported well by some teachers. Middle leaders are new to their roles. They need training to help them develop their skills in holding teachers to account. Some teachers’ expectations are too low, including in the early years. As a result, pupils’ work is incomplete and poorly presented. Reception teachers are not assessing children’s progress continuously. Consequently, some children’s progress is too slow. Equally, too few children exceed in their early learning goals. Children in Reception are not given enough stimulating activities, inside and out, to develop their curiosity and learning. The school has the following strengths Trustees have overseen a turbulent time in staffing. They have appointed an interim headteacher who has hit the ground running. She is making significant changes swiftly to improve school standards and pupils’ progress. Since the headteacher’s arrival, attendance has improved. No groups are persistently absent. The most vulnerable pupils are well supported. They learn within a very safe environment. The main school classrooms and corridors enhance learning with effective displays. Pupils study a rich and exciting curriculum. They are developing as reliable future citizens because of a strong spiritual, moral, social and cultural curriculum. Pupils behave well when learning and at social times. They are respectful of each other and adults.