Ofsted impressed by Brandesburton Primary School

Ofsted inspectors have praised the ‘calm atmosphere’ and ‘respectful and trusting’ relationships between adults and pupils in their latest inspection of Brandesburton Primary School.

Inspectors visited the village primary school on 5th and 6th July when they judged that the school continues to be good.

Pupils were praised for being ‘supportive of one another’ and ‘eager to share their ideas in the classroom’.

Inspectors noted that leaders encourage pupils to be resilient. They have developed a ‘toolkit for life’ that will help them to be good citizens. They also found the staff ‘support each other well’ and are ‘focused on making improvements to pupils’ learning’.

Headteacher Lucy Northen, who was appointed in January, praised every member of the school community who all work incredibly hard to give the children the best start in life.

She said: “The Ofsted report highlights so many of the amazing strengths to Brandesburton Primary School. Our school priorities were the same as identified areas for improvement by Ofsted.

“As a team, we are working incredibly hard to ensure we embed our work which we began last year.

Governors, staff and parents are all striving to ensure Brandesburton children receive an outstanding quality of education.”

The report highlighted the ongoing work being made by the school to continue to raise standards.

The report said: “The new headteacher has high expectations of what pupils can achieve.

“The new leadership team have begun to implement change to improve standards,

“Leaders make reading a priority as soon as children start school.

“They have introduced a new approach to the teaching of reading. This is still very new.

“Leaders have begun to review the curriculum for subjects in the wider curriculum.

“They have identified what they want pupils to be able to do each year. However, they have not identified what pupils must know in each subject.”

The school’s provision for children with additional needs and its safeguarding arrangements were both praised by inspectors:

‘Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) receive effective support.

‘There are clear systems in place to identify pupils who may need additional help.

‘Leaders place the safeguarding of pupils as a priority. Pupils learn to keep themselves safe through the school’s curriculum.’

The report also highlighted the strengths of the school in preparing its pupils for the next stage in their education.

It said: ‘Leaders promote the need to be resilient and to care for others. Pupils are respectful of different beliefs and opinions.

‘The new headteacher is determined to ensure that pupils are well prepared for life in secondary school.’

In order to continue to improve, the inspectors said the school needs to embed some of the changes which have been implemented over recent months.

‘Leaders should ensure that teachers continue to receive help to deliver the new reading programme effectively,’ noted the report.

‘Teachers should ensure that lesson activities are well matched to the needs of all pupils so that they are able to build on what they know and remember, year on year.

‘Curriculum leaders should carefully consider what it is they want pupils to know and in what order.

‘Leaders should ensure that assessment actively supports pupils to successfully build on prior knowledge so that they know more, can do more and remember more of the intended curriculum.’

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