Beacon Rise Primary School

Name Beacon Rise Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Hanham Road, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 8NU
Phone Number 01454867232
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 626 (53.7% boys 46.3% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.6
Local Authority South Gloucestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 8.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.2%
Persistent Absence 4.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 20.4%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about the school

The school is larger than an average-sized primary school. Pupils are taught in 14 classes, two in each year group. Ninety four percent of pupils are of White British heritage.

The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is broadly average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is slightly below average. The school meets the government’s floor standards which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

It has received awards for many aspects of its work, including the International Schools, Artsmark, Healthy Schools and Eco awards.

Key findings

This is an outstanding school. The headteacher’s inspirational leadership has fostered a drive for excellence shared by all members of the school community.

This has produced wide-ranging improvements since the last inspection and led to outstanding achievement by all groups of pupils. The oldest pupils’ high levels of attainment in English and mathematics are the result of the consistency of progress by pupils over time from the moment they start school. Progress is never less than good in any year group and it is particularly rapid in the Early Years Foundation Stage and in Years 5 and 6.

Progress in lessons by different groups of pupils is slightly variable, especially in Key Stage 1, where more-able pupils are occasionally not moved on to more challenging work as soon as they are ready. The impact of the high quality teaching is seen in pupils’ outstanding achievement across much of the curriculum and their excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Inspection evidence confirms the views of parents and carers who returned questionnaires.

All think that teaching is at least good and are impressed by the way that teaching helps pupils develop the key skills in communication, reading, writing and mathematics. Teachers use the whole curriculum very effectively to improve these skills. They encourage older pupils to constantly think about how to improve their work but younger pupils have too few opportunities to do this.

Pupils’ excellent behaviour helps lessons have a calm but busy working atmosphere. Pupils say they feel very safe in school, which reflects parents’ and carers’ views. Pupils also say bullying of any form is non-existent, and rare incidents of inappropriate behaviour are dealt with quickly.

Leadership and management are outstanding at all levels. Management of performance is given high priority by senior leaders. They ensure that teaching is continually improving by carrying out rigorous checking of both teaching and pupils’ progress.