Brunel Field Primary School

Name Brunel Field Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Arthur Milton Street, Bristol, BS7 9JT
Phone Number 01173532471
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 405 (50.1% boys 49.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.5
Local Authority Bristol, City of
Percentage Free School Meals 6.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.9%
Persistent Absence 6.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.4%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about the school

This is a community school which, until 2009/10, was a junior school situated in Downend Road.

The school has been expanded to become a split-site primary school with a new 210-place school building at Brunel Field. The Downend site has eight junior classes and the new building at Brunel Field currently has two Reception classes and one Year 1 class. Early Years Foundation Stage staff and children did not move into Brunel Fields until January 2011 as the new building was not ready.

They were housed in temporary accommodation in a nearby cricket pavilion. The local authority plans to expand the new building to become a 420-place facility in the near future. Ashley Down Primary is also developing work with Ashley Down Infant School over 2011/12 towards a voluntary merger by September 2012.

The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities and those with a statement of special educational needs is average. The majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds, with almost a third of pupils from minority ethnic families. A wide range of nationalities is represented and there are no pupils at an early stage of speaking English as an additional language.

The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is lower than average.

Main findings

This is an outstanding school. Pupils are very happy, work hard and achieve exceptionally well to attain high standards.

Staff provide outstanding care and support and work closely with parents and other organisations to support pupils’ learning and personal development. Pupils, senior leaders, staff, governors, parents and the local community are justifiably proud of their school and work together as an outstanding team who strive constantly for excellence. Together they have taken very significant strides forward on their journey of improvement since their previous inspection.

High quality teaching together with an innovative curriculum have resulted in a sustained trend of high attainment and achievement over the last five years, often through difficult circumstances in terms of accommodation. Leaders and governors carry out highly detailed and reflective evaluations to improve all subjects and aspects successfully. For example, they have correctly identified that children in the Early Years Foundation Stage require more chances to practise their early reading and writing skills to ensure that this provision is as high quality as the rest of the school.

Taking into consideration a highly impressive track record over several years of exceptional achievement and attainment at the end of Year 6, the high staff morale and the exceedingly ambitious, challenging and determined leadership, the school demonstrates an outstanding capacity for future improvement. A key reason for the school’s exceptional success is that the headteacher’s inspirational leadership encourages staff to have the highest possible aspirations for themselves and their pupils. His highly ambitious vision and total rejection of complacency are manifest in the exciting, stimulating and vibrant learning environment.

Stunning displays convey the outstanding achievements of all groups of pupils and the high expectations of staff. Parents speak in glowing terms about the school’s considerable achievements. One parent, wrote, ‘This is an incredible school which not only produces confident, well-educated children but also instils in them excellent values and a very positive attitude to learning’.

Teachers skilfully use assessment information to plan exciting lessons which meet the needs of pupils. Pupils’ excellent behaviour, attendance and attitudes ensure happy, successful and productive learning for all. Their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent and their outstanding academic skills and personal qualities prepare them exceptionally well for later learning and life.