Bramley’s Whitecote Primary School impresses Ofsted inspectors

Whitecote Primary School, Bramley. Photo: Google

Whitecote Primary School in Bramley is a ‘good’ school, Ofsted inspectors have said.

The inspection was carried out in November and inspectors found staff and pupils were proud to show off the ‘Whitecote Way’ and that pupils feel happy and safe.

Inspectors rated the school as ‘good’ for its quality of education, pupils’ behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and early years provision. Safeguarding arrangements were also praised.

Staff have high expectations for all pupils and there is particular praise for the school’s ‘ambitious’ curriculum.

“The teaching of communication and language is a priority,” says the report. “In early years, adults teach children how to speak clearly and listen carefully. The environment is language rich. Two-year-olds enjoy joining in with rhymes and stories. Staff build on children’s early love of reading and develop this as they move through the school.”

The report praises leaders, who have transformed the teaching of phonics since the last inspection.

“Subject leaders want pupils to know more about their community,” inspectors add. “For example, pupils learn about the Bramley born local suffragette Mary Gawthorpe. Visits bring the curriculum to life. Pupils loved their Viking visit to Murton Park,” the report says.

The report identifies two areas to improve.

In some subjects, assessment procedures do not allow teachers to check what pupils know and remember precisely so curriculum content in some subjects does not always match pupils’ needs. And adaptations to the curriculum for pupils with SEND are not always implemented effectively.

The report can be read in full here

The school received a ‘good’ rating at its last full inspection in 2016.

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