Brownlow Fold Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
248
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.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  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
(19/1/22)
Full Report - All Reports
55%
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

Darley Street
Bolton
BL1 3DX
01204333511

School Description

All pupils receive a warm welcome at Brownlow Fold Primary School, regardless of their race, gender or culture. Pupils, including children in the early years, thrive in the stimulating learning environment that leaders have created. Pupils care about each other and they make friends easily. They are proud of their school. Pupils feel safe and are happy. Leaders, governors and staff know the pupils and their families well. Most pupils live up to the high expectations that leaders have of them. They achieve well across a range of subjects. Pupils behave well and are respectful towards each other. They are polite, well-mannered and move around the school in an orderly manner. Pupils are confident that should bullying occur, staff would sort it out quickly. Pupils actively contribute to the life of the school as members of the school council, ecowarriors and well-being champions. They enjoy a wide range of experiences that enhance their personal development and raise their awareness of the world around them. Parents and carers hold the school in high regard. Typical comments include: ‘It’s an excellent school with kind and caring staff. They really care about the children and their educational development and well-being.’ What does the school do well and what does it need to do better? The headteacher and the deputy headteacher work well together as a team. They have a secure understanding of the strengths of the school and the priorities for development. Working with staff, they have designed a curriculum which meets the needs of pupils who attend the school. Pupils access the full range of national curriculum subjects. Subjects are planned and sequenced in a logical manner. The curriculum is organised so that it outlines an overview of the knowledge and vocabulary that pupils must learn and in what order. Leaders are not complacent. They are currently refining subject curriculums to ensure that the knowledge that pupils must learn is more clearly defined in some subjects. Staff have accessed a wide range of subject-specific training to keep their teaching skills up to date. Leaders of some subjects frequently monitor how successfully the curriculum in their area of responsibility is helping pupils to remember essential knowledge and facts. The monitoring of some other subjects is not as well developed. This is because some aspects of monitoring were put on hold due to the restrictions of the pandemic. In some subjects, there are comprehensive systems in place to check pupils’ progress as they learn more and remember more. However, these systems are still at an early stage of development in the foundation subjects, for example in music and geography. As a result, leaders do not have an accurate overview of how well pupils are achieving in these subjects within year groups. Reading is at the heart of the school’s curriculum. Books are beautifully displayed all around the school. Pupils are proud of the Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland themed book areas which are centrally located in the school. Each class, including in the early years, has their own book area which is well stocked with quality texts. Well-trained staff deliver the school’s phonics programme effectively. The teaching of phonics starts in the early years. Pupils read books that are matched to the sounds that they know. Those who find reading challenging benefit from the extra support they receive from staff. Leaders are keen to do more to give parents a better understanding of how their children learn to read. This will enable parents to become more involved in their children’s learning. Most teachers present new learning well. In lessons, effective use is made of assessment information to ensure that pupils have understood specific concepts before they are moved on to more complex learning. Some pupils can recall prior learning. Pupils in key stage 1 confidently talked about the first landing on the moon by Neil Armstrong in 1969. Others are beginning to make connections between subjects. For example, pupils use their mathematical knowledge when learning about electricity. Pupils listen well in lessons. Staff are skilled in identifying pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). This ensures that pupils with SEND receive the support they need to learn successfully. The curriculum is enhanced further through a wide range of opportunities. Pupils enjoy a varied range of clubs, many of which run at lunchtime to meet the needs of pupils. Great care is taken to ensure pupils’ physical and mental health is promoted well. Pupils learn about different faiths and cultures and raise money for various charities. Governors are knowledgeable about the school. They hold leaders to account for all aspects of the school’s work, including the quality of education. Inspection report: Brownlow Fold Primary School 19 and 20 January 2022 2 Staff are proud to work at the school. They appreciate all that leaders do to support their well-being and help them to manage their workload.

Brownlow Fold Primary School Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 64% Agree 36% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>64, "agree"=>36, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 28 responses up to 20-01-2022
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