Blenheim Primary School

"Aiming high in the heart of the city"

OFSTED


We had our most recent Ofsted Inspection on 23rd and 24th June 2015.
The report is very positive and we came out as GOOD in all areas (Leadership and Management; Behaviour and Safety of pupils; Quality of Teaching; Achievement of pupils; Early Years provision) and overall effectiveness was graded as GOOD. The inspectors made a number of extremely positive comments about the school and gave us some areas to work on in order to become outstanding.

Below are some quotes from the report:
• A caring and harmonious school ethos which has the welfare of all pupils at its heart.
• Pupils currently in the school make good progress and achieve well.
• The quality of teaching is consistently good. This good teaching ensures that pupils achieve well.
• Lessons engage pupils in their learning.
• Pupils say that one of the best things about the school is the support they receive, especially when they do not understand what to do. They say that their teachers always have time to help and never ‘let you give up’.
• Teaching assistants are well informed and often lead specific programmes of support, which are having a very positive impact.
• From their individual starting points, pupils make good progress during their time in school. Those pupils who have been in school the longest achieve results that are similar to or above national averages.
• Provision for disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, pupils new to speaking English and disadvantaged pupils is good. Specialist staff are expert at meeting the needs of these pupils across the school.
• Pupils are enthusiastic readers. Those heard to read by inspectors shared a love of books and eagerly discussed their favourite books and authors. There is a wide range of good-quality reading materials throughout the school.
• The teaching of mathematics is also good. Pupils benefit from the good subject knowledge of staff.
• Pupils’ positive and cooperative attitudes enhance their learning and enable lessons to proceed smoothly. They behave well. Inappropriate behaviour is rare. The school works effectively with individual pupils who occasionally struggle to manage their own behaviour.
• Pupils are polite, friendly and helpful.
• The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is diligent, thorough and effective.
• The very attractive site is looked after well to ensure that pupils are as safe outside as they are inside.
• Pupils report that they have no concerns about bullying because they have absolute confidence in staff to deal swiftly and effectively with any worries they may have.
• The school’s curriculum provides pupils with a variety of good opportunities.
• Pupils benefit from a broad curriculum, which enables them to make good progress in academic and other subjects and also enhances their personal development.
• The school has developed a very strong set of values. It promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development very effectively and prepares them well for life in modern Britain.
• Members of the governing body know the school well and have contributed to its continuing success. They are skilled and knowledgeable in analysing data about the school and attend training to improve their ability to hold the school to account.
• There is a strong commitment by all leaders, including governors, and staff to strive for excellence.
• Leaders set demanding targets for teachers in terms of raising pupils’ achievement
• Teachers spoke warmly of the support and encouragement they had received from their colleagues.
• The pupils are very proud of the high levels of respect and tolerance that exist between all members of the school community.
• Leaders promote equality of opportunity and any form of discrimination is not tolerated. They make sure that the additional funding which the school receives to promote the achievement of disadvantaged pupils is used well.
• The needs of the many pupils who join the school at different times of the school year are well met. They settle quickly and are incorporated into classes quickly and sensitively.
• Throughout the school, disadvantaged pupils make good progress and attain at least as well as, and in some cases better than, their peers.
• In the early years effective leadership and good teaching secure good achievement for children. All staff work together as an efficient team. They provide a bright and stimulating place in which children thrive.
• Early years learning takes place in a warm and caring atmosphere where children are treated as individuals. They receive lots of praise and encouragement and this raises children’s self-esteem and confidence. As a result, they behave well.
The areas we need to work on:
Improve the quality of teaching from good to outstanding by:
• responding more quickly to pupils’ learning so work is adapted promptly within lessons and continues to challenge all children and pupils, particularly the most able
• making the best of every opportunity to develop pupils’ language skills
• providing more opportunities for writing at length in subjects across the curriculum
• encouraging pupils to present their work neatly and carefully.
It was recognised that the school leaders, governors and staff have a strong commitment to strive for excellence and I would like to reassure you all that we will continue to work tirelessly to continue to improve the school for the good of all our children.

The full report is available here:

461880 Blenheim Primary School - Published Inspection Report Jul 15.pdf

Previous Ofsted Report

395595_Blenheim_Pri_V10_Published_Inspection_Report_(July_2012)[1].pdf

Department for Education Performance Tables (Last updated 6th June 2014):

http://www.education.gov.uk/cgi-bin/schools/performance/school.pl?urn=107884 

Department for Education Performance data 2013:

http://www.education.gov.uk/cgi-bin/schools/performance/school.pl?urn=107884&download=csv