Broomley First School

Name Broomley First School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
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 27 June 2012
Address Main Road, Stocksfield, Northumberland, NE43 7NN
Phone Number 01661842271
Type Academy
Age Range 5-9
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 138 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.2
Academy Sponsor Tyne Community Learning Trust
Local Authority Northumberland
Percentage Free School Meals 2.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 6.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

This school is much smaller than the average-sized first school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage and all pupils speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. The school has gained Healthy School status and holds the Arts Mark silver award. The school is part of a federation with another local school, with the headteacher spending half of her time in each school. Since the previous inspection a new headteacher has been in post on a temporary basis since September 2011 and permanently since January 2012. The school has before- and after-school provision that is managed by private providers and subject to a separate inspection by Ofsted. The report will be available on the Ofsted website. 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

Key Findings

Broomley is an outstanding school. The head teacher provides inspirational leadership supporting consistently high achievement. A highly creative curriculum and exceptional outdoor learning opportunities underpin excellent teaching and learning. Pupils’ presentation of their work does not always reflect the quality of their thinking and learning. Progress is consistently outstanding and leads to well above average attainment by the end of Year 2 and by the time pupils leave the school in Year 4. Pupils’ attainment in reading is also well above average by the end of Year 2 and Year 4. Pupils who are disabled or have special educational needs have very good provision and make outstanding progress due to excellent support from teaching assistants. Teaching is outstanding and has improved since the last inspection. Lessons engage pupils extremely well, motivating them to make outstanding progress in their learning. Consequently, pupils work enthusiastically. Teachers’ planning is exemplary and is well matched to each pupil’s needs because teachers know their pupils exceptionally well. The school’s family ethos and rigorous attention to ensuring everyone feels safe sustain pupils’ outstanding behaviour and safety. Behaviour is typically outstanding over time due to the school’s exceptional commitment to promoting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It creates an excellent climate for learning. Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning and thoroughly enjoy their time in school. Attendance is well above average. The leadership of teaching and management of performance are outstanding. The headteacher, supported exceptionally well by a strong leadership team and a highly skilled team of teachers, promotes outstanding achievement. The governing body provides rigorous support and challenge and successfully aids the school’s drive for excellence. The leadership’s meticulous monitoring and evaluation ensure high-quality teaching continues across the school.