Bay Primary School

Name Bay Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Address St Alban Road, Bridlington, YO16 7SZ
Phone Number 01262603312
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 410 (51.5% boys 48.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.3
Local Authority East Riding of Yorkshire
Percentage Free School Meals 31.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.2%
Persistent Absence 13.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.5%%
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement New leadership is beginning to improve the school after a period of sharply declining performance.

However, there is too much inconsistency in the quality of teaching and in pupils' progress. While some of the teaching is good, some of it is variable in its effectiveness. The most able pupils are not sufficiently challenged at times.

Teachers do not systematically check that pupils have a good grasp of new learning before moving on, especially the least able pupils. Leaders have taken effective action to improve the standard of teaching pupils how to read. However, at times, the pupils who are struggling the most with... their reading are not as well supported as they need to be.

Rates of pupils' attendance are below the national averages for similar schools. Although leaders are taking action, the importance of improving attendance is not as high a priority as it needs to be. Plans for improving attendance are not as thorough as for other aspects of the school's performance.

Over time, pupils' progress at the end of key stage 2 has fallen well below the national averages in reading and mathematics. The progress of disadvantaged pupils in reading and writing has been weak. The school has the following strengths The recently appointed headteacher is effectively improving the performance of the school.

She is well supported by other leaders and governors. Confidence among staff, pupils, parents and carers is strong. Although inconsistencies remain, there is some good teaching in the school.

Pupils' outcomes across a range of subjects are improving, including for disadvantaged pupils. Pupils' personal development and welfare are strengths of the school. Pupils' attitudes to learning and their behaviour are good.

The early years is well led and prepares children effectively for the start of key stage 1.

Information about this school

The school has been through a substantial amount of change in its leadership since the previous inspection. The headteacher and deputy headteacher at the time of the previous inspection left the school.

The current headteacher was appointed as interim headteacher in January 2018, then substantive headteacher in September 2018. The deputy headteacher was appointed in January 2019, after a period of time in other leadership roles at the school. The assistant headteacher was appointed in January 2019.

The local authority has supported the school in its leadership changes with the provision of advice and guidance from an experienced headteacher. This is set to cease at the end of the autumn term 2019. The school is larger than the average-sized primary school.

Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who receive support for their special educational needs and/or disabilities is above the national average.