Begbrook Primary School Closed - academy converter Aug. 31, 2012
Headteacher: Mr I Purnell
School holidays for Begbrook Primary School via Bristol council
Primary — Community School
- Education phase
- Establishment type
- Community School
- Establishment #
- Close date
- Aug. 31, 2012
- Reason closed
- Academy Converter
- OSGB coordinates
- Easting: 362839, Northing: 176622
- GPS coordinates
- Latitude: 51.487, Longitude: -2.5366
- Accepting pupils
- 3—11 years old
- Ofsted last inspection
- June 24, 2010
- Region › Const. › Ward
- South West › Bristol East › Frome Vale
- Urban > 10k - less sparse
- Begbrook Primary Academy BS161HG (501 pupils)
- 0.3 miles Highwood Hospital School BS161BG
- 0.4 miles Mount Zion School BS161DN
- 0.4 miles Steiner Academy Bristol BS162JP
- 0.5 miles Dr Bells and St Matthia's CofE VA Junior School BS163UH
- 0.5 miles College of St Matthia's Infant School BS162JD
- 0.5 miles Bristol Metropolitan College BS162HD
- 0.5 miles St Matthias and Dr Bell's CofE VA Primary School BS163UH
- 0.5 miles Bristol Metropolitan Academy BS162HD (707 pupils)
- 0.5 miles Fishponds Church of England Academy BS163UH (437 pupils)
- 0.6 miles St Matthias Park Pupil Referral Service BS162BG (29 pupils)
- 0.7 miles Little Hayes Nursery School BS162LL (128 pupils)
- 0.7 miles Frenchay Park Hospital School BS161LE
- 0.7 miles South Gloucestershire Hospital Home Teaching Service BS161LE
- 0.7 miles Avon Hospital Education Service BS161LE
- 0.8 miles Frenchay Church of England Primary School BS161NB (134 pupils)
- 0.8 miles Gracefield School BS162RG (83 pupils)
- 0.9 miles Chester Park Junior School BS163SY (235 pupils)
- 0.9 miles Chester Park Infant School BS163QG (214 pupils)
- 0.9 miles Oldbury Court Junior School BS162QS
- 0.9 miles Oldbury Court Infant School BS162QS
- 0.9 miles Briarwood School BS164EA (85 pupils)
- 0.9 miles Oldbury Court Primary School BS162QS
- 0.9 miles Frome Vale Academy BS162QS (213 pupils)
Ofsted report transcript
Begbrook Primary School
108918Unique Reference Number
Bristol, City ofLocal Authority
1213 July 2007Inspection dates
John EnglishReporting inspector
This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.
PrimaryType of school
311Age range of pupils
MixedGender of pupils
Number on roll
The governing bodyAppropriate authority
1 June 2001Date of previous school inspection
Begbrook DriveSchool address
0117 9030386Telephone number
0117 9030388Fax number
1213 July 2007Inspection dates
© Crown copyright 2007
This document may be reproduced in whole or in part for non-commercial educational purposes, provided that
the information quoted is reproduced without adaptation and the source and date of publication are stated.
Further copies of this report are obtainable from the school. Under the Education Act 2005, the school must
provide a copy of this report free of charge to certain categories of people. A charge not exceeding the full cost
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Inspection Report: Begbrook Primary School, 1213 July 2007
The inspection was carried out by three Additional Inspectors.
Description of the school
Begbrook is a large primary school with 40 children attending its two Nursery classes. The
proportion of pupils from ethnic minority groups is around 40%, closely reflecting the local
community. In recognition of its work, the school has received an Artsmark Award.
Key for inspection grades
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Overall effectiveness of the school
Begbrook Primary is a good and improving school. It has energetically tackled the issues raised
in the last inspection report and many of them are considerably improved for example, the
curriculum and standards in science. The improvement is due to the outstanding drive and
vision of the headteacher, well supported by his senior team. Together, they provide the staff
with the guidance and support that enables them to work to the best of their capability.
Leadership and management are good. The overwhelming majority of parents think highly of
the school. One typical comment was 'Begbrook is a terrific school, with really dedicated,
enthusiastic staff.' Although a minority felt that their child was not getting sufficient individual
support, they were far outnumbered by those who wrote to explain how the school had 'gone
the extra mile' for their child.
Children start school with skills that are broadly in line with those nationally, although their
literacy skills are below those expected nationally. The school sensibly concentrates on these
and by the end of the Reception Year they are in line with national expectations. In Years 1
and 2, pupils make satisfactory progress to achieve average standards by the end of Year 2.
Progress is steady through Years 3 to 6 so that by the end of Year 6 standards are above average,
although writing is not as good as it could be. Overall, pupils' achievement is good and standards
are above average.
Pupils' personal development and well-being are good. The pupils enjoy school. Many comment
that lessons are fun, and the teachers are 'fair' and explain things so they can understand them.
They behave well in lessons and around the school. Pupils have a good understanding of how
to lead safe and healthy lifestyles although some admit that they eat too much 'junk' food.
Many take up responsibilities in school and contribute well to the wider community. They
develop skills that will benefit them in later life. As well as literacy, numeracy and information
and communication technology, they also learn leadership and team skills, and develop enterprise
awareness by raising money for various projects. The pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural
development is good, based on the care and respect with which they treat each other, and the
role models of adults in the school. They develop the knowledge and understanding of the
cultures of others which prepares them well for life in multicultural Britain.
Teaching and learning overall are good, although lessons vary from satisfactory to outstanding.
Pupils are fully engaged, and are keen to contribute in lessons, except sometimes when they
are writing on topics that do not particularly interest them. Teachers provide tasks and activities
that effectively meet the needs of all the pupils. The curriculum is good. It is broad and varied
and considerably improved, with a good emphasis on cross-curriculum links. The school provides
a rich Foundation Stage curriculum that covers all the six areas of leaning, and interesting and
enjoyable activities make learning meaningful. Care, guidance and welfare are good. Child
protection and safeguarding arrangements are meticulous. The school uses external agencies
well to support vulnerable children. Pupils are given clear guidance on how they can improve
The school is well organised and finances well managed. The school gives good value for money.
What the school should do to improve further
Improve standards of writing, by ensuring that subjects are of greater relevance and interest
to the pupils.
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Improve the quality of teaching so that it is uniformly and consistently good.
Achievement and standards
Overall, the achievement of pupils is good and standards are above average.
Children join the Foundation Stage with average skills and knowledge, except in communication,
language and literacy, particularly writing, and linking sounds and letters. Children make good
progress but by the time they start Year 1, some weaknesses in reading and writing remain,
although standards are generally in line with expectations. By the end of Year 2, standards in
reading, writing and mathematics are average. Test results in 2006 for Year 2 were average.
During the course of Key Stage 2, standards rise steadily, although pupils do not achieve as
well as they should in writing. Pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities achieve well
because of the well-organised and focused support they receive. By the end of Year 6, standards
are above average. Pupils are set challenging targets and most achieve them.
Personal development and well-being
Pupils' personal development and well-being, including their spiritual, moral, social and cultural
development, are good. They have the capacity to be reflective and thoughtful, and are polite
and courteous. They have a good understanding of moral issues and develop a good degree of
understanding and tolerance of others whose background is different from theirs. Behaviour
in lessons and around the school is good. In the Foundation Stage, children settle quickly into
school routines and learn to work collaboratively.
Attendance is average and improving. Pupils respond enthusiastically to the warm, caring school
atmosphere which increases their enjoyment of learning. They feel safe and are confident they
can approach staff to express concerns or seek help. Relationships between pupils and teachers
are very positive. The pupils respond well to the school's guidance on healthy lifestyles, although
a minority still prefer to eat what they know to be unhealthy food. There are few incidents of
bullying and racism which are promptly and appropriately dealt with. As they progress through
the school, pupils develop confidence, leadership and teamworking skills, for example, by taking
responsibility for planning a weekly 'celebration assembly'. They develop useful enterprise skills
by selling goods and services to raise money.
Quality of provision
Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning are good, although lessons vary from satisfactory to outstanding. The
pupils learn well because they enjoy lessons, and often find them fun. There is a good learning
atmosphere in classrooms, where routines are well understood, and pupils flourish when being
taught directly by the teacher or when working independently in pairs or groups. The teachers
plan lessons well, ensuring a good variety of activities to keep the pupils' attention, and setting
tasks of varying levels of difficulty to meet the different needs of pupils. Teachers focus well
on groups of pupils who need particular support during the lesson, although this can sometimes
result in others not receiving as much attention as they need. Although pupils have plenty of
opportunities to improve their writing, they are sometimes not sufficiently engaged by the
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topic about which they are writing to achieve the standards of which they are capable. Teaching
assistants play an effective role in learning, both in the class and when they withdraw pupils
from lessons for special support.
Curriculum and other activities
The school provides a good curriculum that is much improved since the last inspection. There
are good links between different areas of the curriculum, but the school recognises that it
needs to be developed to achieve a greater degree of relevance and coherence for the pupils.
There is good provision for those pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, and those
learning English as an additional language. Education for health and safety is good, ensuring
that pupils know the benefits of exercise and the need for a balanced diet. The curriculum
supports pupils' personal development well. Curriculum resources are good, and are well used.
The Foundation Stage provision is good, and staff make effective use of assessments to help
children to make progress in their work. The many varied clubs effectively contribute to the
pupils' enjoyment of the curriculum, and are well attended, for example, the 'Peaceful Piggies'
club to teach pupils how to be calm, which is led by a parent.
Care, guidance and support
Care, guidance and support are good. Safeguarding arrangements to keep pupils safe and
protected are good. Procedures for checking staff backgrounds and assessing risks are well
established and comply with statutory guidelines. Teaching and support staff treat all the pupils
as individuals and know their needs and concerns. The pupils have a great deal of confidence
that they will be looked after and cared for in school. Vulnerable children and those with learning
difficulties and/or disabilities are well supported, both within school and through close links
with external agencies. All pupils are given good quality advice on how they can improve their
work, although they need more guidance on how to improve their writing. Pupils' achievements
are celebrated, developing their self-confidence. There are effective systems to prepare pupils
for transition each year to the next class and to smooth their move to secondary school.
Leadership and management
Leadership and management are good, with some outstanding features. The vision and drive
of the headteacher and senior managers are outstanding, and the main reason why the school
is improving. They provide clear guidance and support to staff, which has resulted in a strong
team throughout the school, sharing the vision and focused on the welfare of the pupils and
on raising standards. Subject leaders have developed their roles well since the previous inspection
and many of them have a positive impact on the consistency and quality with which their subject
is being taught. Staff have good capacity to improve because of the excellence of the staff
development programme. Governors play an active role in the leadership of the school through
their support and monitoring activities. The performance of the pupils is tracked meticulously
so that those at risk of underachievement can be supported, and the way the school monitors
and evaluates all its activities, and plans for improvement where appropriate, is exemplary. The
school is committed to all pupils and to promoting understanding and harmony in all groups
both within the school and the wider community. The school is well organised and finances are
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well managed. Given the improvements seen across the school, particularly in the curriculum
and standards, it has a good capacity to improve further.
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Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out
in the guidance 'Complaints about school inspection', which is available from Ofsted’s website:
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Key to judgements: grade 1 is outstanding, grade 2 good, grade 3 satisfactory, and grade 4
How effective, efficient and inclusive is the provision of education, integrated
care and any extended services in meeting the needs of learners?
How well does the school work in partnership with others to promote learners'
2The quality and standards in the Foundation Stage
1The effectiveness of the school's self-evaluation
2The capacity to make any necessary improvements
Effective steps have been taken to promote improvement since the last
Achievement and standards
2How well do learners achieve?
reached by learners
How well learners make progress, taking account of any significant variations between
groups of learners
2How well learners with learning difficulties and disabilities make progress
Personal development and well-being
How good is the overall personal development and well-being of the
2The extent of learners' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
2The behaviour of learners
3The attendance of learners
2How well learners enjoy their education
2The extent to which learners adopt safe practices
2The extent to which learners adopt healthy lifestyles
2The extent to which learners make a positive contribution to the community
How well learners develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to
their future economic well-being
The quality of provision
How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of the
How well do the curriculum and other activities meet the range of needs
and interests of learners?
2How well are learners cared for, guided and supported?
Grade 1 - Exceptionally and consistently high; Grade 2 - Generally above average with none significantly
below average; Grade 3 - Broadly average to below average; Grade 4 - Exceptionally low.
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Leadership and management
How effective are leadership and management in raising achievement
and supporting all learners?
How effectively leaders and managers at all levels set clear direction leading
to improvement and promote high quality of care and education
How effectively performance is monitored, evaluated and improved to meet
How well equality of opportunity is promoted and discrimination tackled so
that all learners achieve as well as they can
How effectively and efficiently resources, including staff, are deployed to
achieve value for money
The extent to which governors and other supervisory boards discharge their
Do procedures for safeguarding learners meet current government
NoDoes this school require special measures?
NoDoes this school require a notice to improve?
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Text from letter to pupils explaining the findings of the inspection
14 July 2007
Inspection of Begbrook Primary School, Bristol, BS16 1HG
Thank you for your warm welcome during our visit to your school. We particularly enjoyed
talking to you, looking through your work and being part of the audience at your celebration
assembly, during which you proudly demonstrated your wide range of sporting skills and other
We think that your school is a good one, and getting better all the time. We were pleased to
see that you are doing well and are making good progress in lessons and in your personal
development as young people. We were glad to be told by you that most of you enjoy school
and feel safe and happy there. You obviously understand how to be healthy and we hope that
those of you who told us that you still prefer some less than healthy foods will come to like
your fruit and vegetables more! We were impressed by some of the ways that you have found
for raising money for projects like the Year 6 'Lion King' outing.
We were able to see that the teaching is good in the school, although it does vary a bit and we
have asked the school to ensure that teaching is always as good as it can be.
We think it will be very important for you to keep working hard at improving your writing and
are confident that your teachers will continue to guide you on the ways that you can improve
Once again, thank you for helping us to have such a pleasant and memorable visit.
John English Lead inspector
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