Bidston Avenue Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
408
AGES
3 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Community school
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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data 2021, ONS
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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The criteria in which schools use to allocate places in the event that they are oversubscribed can and do vary between schools and over time. These criteria can include distance from the school and sometimes specific catchment areas but can also include, amongst others, priority for siblings, children of a particular faith or specific feeder schools. Living in an area where children have previously attended a school does not guarantee admission to the school in future years. Always check with the school’s own admission authority for the current admission arrangements.

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  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

How Does The School Perform?

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NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(17/4/18)
Full Report - All Reports
63%
NATIONAL AVG. 65%
% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics



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Progress Compared With All Other Schools

UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 8% of schools in England) Average (About 67% of schools in England) Above Average (About 5% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 7% of schools in England) Average (About 64% of schools in England) Above Average (About 9% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 11% of schools in England) Average (About 58% of schools in England) Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England)

School Results Over Time

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% pupils meeting the expected standard in Key Stage 2 tests (age 11)
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% pupils meeting the higher standard in Key Stage 2 tests (age 11)

These results over time show historic performance for key exam results. We show pre-pandemic results as the fairest indicator of whether performance is up, down or stable

Tollemache Road
Claughton
Birkenhead
CH41 0DQ
01516521594

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Your passion for learning and unwavering commitment to provide rich learning opportunities for pupils permeates everything you do. You have developed a culture of respect and professionalism and you are reflective in the decisions you make. Your high aspirations are shared by governors and staff as you strive to live up to the school motto and ‘achieve together’. You and your staff have tackled the areas for improvement successfully from the last inspection. Training for middle leaders has ensured that they have the skills they need to monitor their areas of responsibility effectively. They accurately identify any improvements that need to be made and check the impact of the actions taken. This has been particularly successful with the changes you have made to the way that you teach mathematics. You have identified that you need to further embed the effective changes you have made to the way you teach reading. We discussed this during the inspection. In the early years, you have improved the quality of the provision successfully, particularly in the outdoor area. We looked at this in more detail during the inspection. The quality of teaching has improved since the last inspection. There is a culture of professional dialogue; staff appreciate the opportunities to work with other colleagues and share expertise. Leaders have ensured that staff have the skills and knowledge that they need. Consequently, learning activities accurately match the needs and interests of pupils, particularly the most able. Teachers use a range of assessment activities to accurately identify the precise gaps in pupils’ learning. As a result, pupils are given the help that they need to help them catch up quickly. Leaders work with colleagues from other schools to check their judgements are accurate. Pupils are extremely confident, polite and well-mannered. Pupils speak enthusiastically about the way in which teachers make learning fun and interesting. They were eager to tell me about the broad range of activities including science experiments and visits to local landmarks as part of their study of local history. They enjoy the opportunities they have to participate in a wide range of sporting activities and cultural events. For example, a recent visit to a school in China was described by pupils as ‘a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’. The older pupils take their responsibilities very seriously as members of committees and as peer mediators. They organise fundraising events to help others, including a ‘bake-off’ and the ‘walk a mile a day’ challenge, which is also helping them to keep fit and healthy. They are proud of their school and feel valued and cared for. The overwhelming majority of parents spoken to during the inspection, and those who accessed Ofsted’s online questionnaire, were very positive about the school. Parents appreciate the wide range of opportunities you provide for their children. Parents of pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities spoke highly of the support their children had received and the progress that they make. The views of parents can be summed up by a comment: ‘Teachers go the extra mile with all the extra things that they do and the children love learning.’ Safeguarding is effective. The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. A strong culture of safeguarding is evident in all aspects of school life. Safeguarding arrangements are understood by staff and governors. Staff receive regular training and timely updates on relevant safeguarding issues. Staff are vigilant and as a result, the most vulnerable pupils are identified quickly. You work very effectively with additional agencies to ensure that pupils and their families receive the help that they need. Pupils say they feel safe at school. They understand the different forms of bullying and speak confidently that if there was any it would be sorted out very quickly. They know how to keep themselves safe online and in other situations. Pupils who spoke to me said: ‘Circle time is a good opportunity to discuss any problems you may have in a safe environment.’ They also appreciate the ‘keep safe’ assemblies you have before each school holiday. Inspection findings During the inspection, we looked at a number of key lines of enquiry. The first was about attendance. Attendance has improved since the last inspection and remains above the national average for the majority of pupils. You have been relentless in your drive to improve the attendance of a number of pupils who are persistently absent. Although attendance rates are beginning to improve for this group of pupils, there is still a need for further improvement, so that pupils’ absence does not hinder the progress that they make. Staff swiftly follow up when pupils are absent. You know your families very well and there are very specific reasons why some pupils are absent. You work closely with other agencies to provide the support that vulnerable families need to improve their children’s attendance. You have introduced a number of incentives which are having a positive impact. Next, we looked at the provision for pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities. There were very specific reasons why the progress of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities dipped in 2017. Bespoke training for staff ensures that they are able to accurately identify the precise gaps in pupils’ learning. Pupils are given the help that they need either individually, or in small groups. Leaders closely monitor the impact of the help that pupils receive to ensure that they are making progress and catching up quickly. Leaders and staff work with a number of professionals and agencies to ensure that pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities receive the resources and specialist support that they need. Highly trained staff work with colleagues from a local specialist school. As a result, the majority of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities are making expected or better progress. Where progress is slower for some pupils, as a result of their specific needs, leaders’ detailed records show that they are making small steps towards success. We also discussed the need to ensure that a higher proportion of pupils reach the standard expected in phonics by the end of Year 1. Leaders quickly resolved concerns about the quality of teaching. Leaders ensure that staff have the training that they need to teach phonics accurately and consistently. Staff work together to share ideas and expertise. The good subject knowledge that staff have contributes to the progress that pupils make. Teachers quickly identify any pupils who are struggling and provide the help that they need to catch up quickly. Workshops for parents explain how phonics is taught in school and provide advice on how parents can help their children at home. Reading resources accurately match pupils’ phonetic skills. As a result, pupils use their phonic skills confidently when they are reading and are also applying their knowledge in their writing. Next, we discussed the actions that have been taken to improve outcomes for children at the end of Reception. The majority of children start school with knowledge and skills below those typical for their age. Leaders have accurately identified the barriers to children’s learning, particularly the development of language and communication, and personal, social and emotional development. As a result of the well-thought-through activities in the summer term, children settle quickly from the several local early years providers they attend before starting Reception. Children thrive in the exciting and purposeful learning environment you have created. Extremely positive relationships and attitudes to learning contribute to the progress that children make. Leaders identify swiftly what the ‘next steps’ in children’s learning need to be in order to accelerate their rates of progress throughout the year. Learning activities are crafted to excite the children’s interests and meet their needs. Skilled staff use questions effectively to encourage children to expand their ideas and explanations. Mispronunciations, and misconceptions are addressed quickly and sensitively. Teachers provide children with opportunities to apply, practise and refine their skills, especially in writing. For example, in the ‘vet’ area, children were filling in forms with information about their pets and using their phonic skills accurately to make signs for the treats owners could buy. Improvements in the outdoor area have greatly enhanced the learning experiences and opportunities for the children. You work closely with other colleagues in the local group of schools to ensure your assessments are accurate. The majority of children are on track to reach a good level of development by the end of Reception, ready for Year 1. Finally, we looked at the actions you have taken to increase the proportion of disadvantaged pupils who reach the expected standards by the end of key stage 2 in reading. As a result of detailed analysis, you took the decisive action to change the way you teach reading. You accurately identified that the key barriers were pupils’ skills and understanding in comprehension and inference, particularly disadvantaged pupils. You have ensured that staff have the skills and knowledge they need to meet the needs of the pupils effectively. Teachers use assessment accurately to identify the precise gaps in pupils’ learning. Learning activities accurately match the needs of the pupils, including the most able. Skilled staff work with pupils who are struggling to ensure that they receive the help that they need to catch up quickly. Leaders monitor the impact of these sessions to ensure that they are having a positive impact on the progress pupils make, particularly disadvantaged pupils. Pupils who spoke to me said, ‘The intervention groups really help you to fill in the gaps where you get stuck.’ Information sessions and workshops for parents have been well attended. As a result, parents have the skills and knowledge that they need to help their children at home. Leaders have developed an environment that encourages reading. Older pupils enjoy the challenges and appreciate how reading can help them in all other areas of their learning. Pupils enjoy the opportunity to read and listen to a broad range of literature. A pupil who spoke to me said, ‘Reading is very important because it helps to learn about other things, how to spell words and how to find out what new words mean.’ The majority of pupils, particularly the disadvantaged pupils, are on track to reach a standard typical for their age by the end of the academic year. An increasing proportion of pupils are working at a greater depth. However, this is not the case for disadvantaged pupils. Next steps for the school Leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that: they build on the positive relationships with parents to ensure that pupils who are persistently absent attend school each day they further embed the effective changes you have made to the way you teach reading so that the progress pupils make, particularly the disadvantaged, is accelerated and a higher proportion are working at a greater depth by the end of key stage 2.

Bidston Avenue Primary School Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 87% Agree 13% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>87, "agree"=>13, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 38 responses up to 18-09-2018
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