Platt Bridge Community School


Name Platt Bridge Community School
Website www.plattbridge.wigan.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 25 June 2013
Address Rivington Avenue, Platt Bridge, Wigan, Lancashire, WN2 5NG
Phone Number 01942487999
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 500 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.1
Academy Sponsor Community First Academy Trust
Local Authority Wigan
Percentage Free School Meals 35.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 10%
Persisitent Absence 14.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Platt Bridge is a full-service, extended school. The headteacher is also head of Platt Bridge Children’s Centre, located in the same building. The school and children’s centre are open 50 weeks in the year to deliver services to children and families. Platt Bridge is much larger than the average-sized primary school and is due to take increased numbers in September 2013 when it becomes a two-form entry school. There are currently some mixed-age classes. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium is over twice the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding provided to support pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, those children who are looked after by the local authority or children of service families. The school provides a service to the local authority for pupils who are being assessed for disabilities and special educational needs. Following assessment, some of these pupils stay at the school with additional resourcing. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is lower than the national average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus and with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. In February 2013, the school became an academy under the name of Community First Academy Trust, trading as Platt Bridge Community School. The governing body are directors and the headteacher is chief executive officer of the trust. The school has not previously been inspected as an academy. Platt Bridge is part of the local authority’s school improvement consortia model, which includes 24 schools. The headteacher and her team offer support to other schools requiring improvement.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Platt Bridge is an outstandingly successful school. Pupils do extraordinarily well here. Achievement is exceptional. Pupils enter the school with skills which are generally very low, but the vast majority leave with attainment that is at least equal to and, for many, above national expectations. The proportion of pupils making much better than expected progress is well above the national average, including disadvantaged pupils, disabled pupils and those with special educational needs. Teachers and teaching assistants have a relentless ‘can-do’ attitude. They believe their pupils deserve the very best and can achieve at the highest levels. The quality of teaching is exceptional. Lessons grab pupils’ total attention and sharply focus on developing each individual pupil’s learning. Pupils enjoy rich experiences from a varied and stimulating curriculum. Adults give pupils a belief in themselves and act as excellent role models. As a result, pupils’ behaviour is exemplary in and outside lessons. They are kind and caring towards each other and very proud of themselves and their school. Attendance levels have improved over the last few years and are broadly average. The school has strong links with parents of younger children but involvement of parents in their child’s learning sometimes falls away as they move up the school. The headteacher and her senior leadership team are totally committed to raising standards and giving their pupils the best opportunities possible to be the best they can be. As a team, they provide inspirational leadership to their staff and extend this support to other schools too. Members of the governing body are knowledgeable and very involved in the life of the school. They are totally committed to ensuring the school offers the children of Platt Bridge an outstanding start in life.