Bridport Primary School

Name Bridport Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 19 March 2019
Address St Andrew’s Road, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3BJ
Phone Number 01308422846
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 380 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.9
Academy Sponsor The Minerva Learning Trust (Dorset)
Local Authority Dorset
Percentage Free School Meals 10.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.8%
Persisitent Absence 7.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

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.