Malin Bridge Primary School

Name Malin Bridge Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 12 October 2017
Address Dykes Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 4RH
Phone Number 01142341379
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 617 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.7
Local Authority Sheffield
Percentage Free School Meals 12.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

The headteacher began his role in 2015. He was previously the head of school and had been leading the school while the substantive headteacher was commissioned to lead a project to determine Sheffield’s approach to school improvement. Leaders and staff at Malin Bridge are deployed to lead the teacher training on behalf of the Sheffield Teaching School Alliance. They are currently providing training for over 50 trainees. Leaders also provide school-to-school support for vulnerable schools within the locality. Malin Bridge is much larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is broadly average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is below average and there are few who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is just above the national average. The proportion who have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is less than average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school runs a breakfast club and after-school club. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The school’s vision and high aspirations have a considerable impact on staff, pupils and parents. Staff are incredibly proud to work at the school, pupils thoroughly enjoy their learning experiences and parents feel involved in their children’s learning. Leadership is highly effective. Leaders and governors have worked tenaciously to improve the quality of education provided by the school from good to outstanding. They pick up any emerging weaknesses and address them promptly. Precise use of assessment and considerable investment in staff training are resulting in high-quality teaching in a broad range of subjects. Governors provide very effective challenge from an informed position and hold school leaders rigorously to account. The inspiring curriculum, which is responsive to the school’s context, is central to realising the school’s vision for pupils to celebrate diversity, be aspirational and enquire about the world. There are very respectful relationships between staff and pupils. Staff nurture pupils’ personal development. Pupils develop a love of learning and thoroughly enjoy school. This is reflected in their above-average attendance. Pupils achieve consistently well in all key stages and subjects over time. Pupil premium funding enables disadvantaged pupils to make rapid progress. Phonics outcomes by the end of Year 2 are consistently above the national average, including for disadvantaged pupils. Children in the early years make rapid progress from their starting points. The relatively new Nursery provision means that many children access high-quality learning at an even earlier stage. Effective partnerships with the local authority, a teaching school alliance and schools in the locality support both the school’s continual development and that of the wider educational community. However, leaders and governors are mindful of striking the appropriate balance so that outcomes for pupils at Malin Bridge remain the school’s greatest priority.