St Bridget’s CofE School


Name St Bridget’s CofE School
Website http://www.brigham.cumbria.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 March 2014
Address Brigham, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0TU
Phone Number 01900825689
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 108 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.5
Local Authority Cumbria
Percentage Free School Meals 2.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

St Bridget’s C of E Primary School is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are of White British heritage. A few pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds and a few speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below the national average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below the national average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is above the national average. The pupil premium is additional government funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children who are looked after by the local authority. Pupils are taught in five classes; Nursery, Reception with a few Year 1 pupils, Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6. The school has an above average proportion of pupils who enter and leave the school part way through their primary education. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which is the minimum expectation for attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The school has achieved the Healthy School status and the Active Mark award.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage, where they develop positive attitudes to learning. Pupils achieve well because they are valued and motivated. During Key Stages 1 and 2, pupils continue to make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. By the time pupils leave at the end of Year 6, standards in mathematics are above average and, in reading and writing, are well above average. Pupils do well because teaching is consistently good and sometimes outstanding. Lively and interesting topics capture pupils’ imagination. Relationships in school between pupils and adults are a strength, contributing well to helping pupils to feel safe. Pupils’ good behaviour in lessons and around school helps to make sure that the school is calm and purposeful. Pupils are very positive about their learning and keen to do well. Attendance is average. The school works closely with parents to continue to improve attendance. Parents are very positive about this thriving school and praise the staff’s commitment to their children. Strong team work is the key to the school’s success. The headteacher, all staff and governors are united in working to meet the many different needs of all pupils. They are having a positive impact on raising achievement and improving the quality of teaching. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children do not explore numbers and shapes enough. Pupils in Key Stages 1 and 2 do not have sufficient opportunities to develop their mathematics skills in different subjects. The progress pupils make as they work is not checked regularly enough in order to provide further challenge. In mathematics, the improved calculations policy is not yet established. Teachers do not always give pupils enough information about how to improve their work.