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BRANDESBURTON PRIMARY SCHOOL THRILLED AFTER POSITIVE OFSTED INSPECTION

Brandesburton Primary School is a ‘welcoming and caring school’ where ‘pupils feel safe and get along with staff and each other’.

These were some of the findings made by Ofsted inspectors when they visited the school in April and judged that it is good in all areas.

The inspectors highlighted the ‘rapid action’ taken by the school to improve the quality of education and said the redesigned curriculum is ‘ambitious’ for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Relationships at the school are described as ‘warm and built on mutual respect’ and pupils are happy and enjoy coming to school and know the staff care for them and ‘champion’ their success.

Headteacher Lucy Northern said she was delighted with the report and said she was proud of how hard her staff work and thanked the school community for the support it receives.

She said: “The report includes many positive comments, and the inspection team was very complimentary about the quality of teaching and high standards of behaviour demonstrated by all our children.

“We are proud of our school community, and we are delighted that the high quality of education offered at Brandesburton has been recognised by Ofsted in recent months.

“The staff and governors would like to take this opportunity to highlight the superb level of support received from HCAT (Hull Collaborative Academy Trust) since September 2024 with our school improvement.

“The trust has continued to work with all our staff and provides outstanding training and development of knowledge and skills. The rigour in support and challenge has made a huge impact.

“We are also very grateful for the continued support from our community. Our parents and carers, local businesses, families and friends of Brandesburton always support us in all we do, and we are hugely grateful for this.

“I am so proud of how hard each and every member of staff works every day, week and year to give our children the best quality of education. The school is the heart of the community and the team do all they can to champion all our children and families.”

In their report, the inspectors said: “The expectations of what pupils will achieve at Brandesburton are high. The outcomes from national assessments in reading, writing and mathematics reflect these expectations.

“Pupils benefit from a wider curriculum that is also well planned and considered. Pupils enjoy the additional opportunities the school provides to enhance this curriculum, such as extra-curricular clubs and visits.”

The inspection team also noted that behaviour both in the classrooms and around the school is ‘calm and respectful’.

The report said that ‘pupils enjoy learning and can use the key knowledge and skills they gain with confidence’.

It added that a love of reading has been established across Brandesburton with pupils enjoying texts by a range of authors and speaking enthusiastically about the books they read.

Attendance was also noted as a high priority for the school with significant improvements made to reduce persistent absence which is having a positive impact.

The report added: “Children in the early years foundation stage (EYFS) get off to a flying start. The curriculum is well planned. Children thrive in this setting and play together in a focused way. They show independence by setting up activities and tidying away. Children leave the EYFS ready for the demands of Year 1.”

Parents said they appreciate the work of the school and staff morale was described as high, with members stating they feel valued and appreciate the support they receive from leaders.

Governors were described as ‘knowledgeable and proactive’. The safeguarding arrangements at the school are effective.

To keep improving, inspectors said the school should widen the curriculum to enable pupils to acquire the knowledge that they need about different world faiths and added that the school should take further action to better identify pupils’ needs and put the correct support in place.

Brandesburton Primary School has places across the school from September 2024. The school offers wrap around care both before and after school and welcomes visits to the school.

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