Oulton Broad Primary School

Name Oulton Broad Primary School
Website http://www.oultonbroad.suffolk.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 16 July 2015
Address Christmas Lane, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 3JX
Phone Number 01502565930
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 322 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.8
Local Authority Suffolk
Percentage Free School Meals 18.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.2%
Persisitent Absence 9.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 4.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Oulton Broad is larger than the average-sized primary school. The vast majority of pupils come from White British backgrounds. Children in the Nursery class attend part time in a morning session of three hours. Children in the Reception year attend full time. The school provides a breakfast club before the start of the school day. A large proportion of the staff joined the school after January 2013, including all the school’s senior leaders. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium, additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, in the care of the local authority or from a family with a parent in the armed forces, is about average compared to other schools nationally. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are supported at school action just below the national average. In 2014, the school met the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Oulton Broad Primary School has improved rapidly as a result of outstanding leadership and staff who have a relentless drive for the highest academic success. There is a whole-school expectation that all pupils will achieve above-average standards and any barriers to this are tackled without compromising this expectation. Pupils’ achievement is outstanding throughout the school. Their progress in a wide range of subjects is rapid and sustained. Teaching is outstanding and pupils thrive in all aspects of their learning. Teachers successfully make lessons inspiring, motivating and relevant. They give pupils the opportunity to develop mastery in a broad variety of subjects and practically apply their knowledge, skills and understanding to everyday issues. Pupils have an exemplary attitude to their learning and develop the necessary skills to become a lifelong learner. The shared characteristics of the ‘Oulton Broad Learner’ are evident in all aspects of school life. Disadvantaged pupils make the same rapid progress at the same rate as their peers. There is no gap in achievement between disadvantaged pupils and others. The governing body balances well the need for support and challenge. Governors have an in-depth understanding of the school and are effective in supporting improvements. Pupils wear their uniform with pride. They are proud of their achievements, the presentation of their work and the success of their school. Teaching assistants provide skilled support to groups and individuals. They have strong subject knowledge and ask questions that promote learning. Parents are unanimously positive about the recent changes to the school and feel confident that their children are happy, safe and make excellent progress. Teachers check pupils’ progress meticulously and have an accurate understanding of each pupil’s strengths and next steps in learning. They use this information to personalise activities for every pupil and support them to make exceptional progress. Progress in the early years is outstanding and children develop learning skills that equip them to succeed throughout their life.