Salford City Council praises Salford primary school for outstanding Ofsted rating

Salford City Council has congratulated Broadoak Primary School in Swinton for receiving high praise from Ofsted in its latest inspection of the school.

The inspection looked at quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, and early years provision.

Headteacher Karen Wild said: “We’re delighted to receive this outstanding rating from Ofsted. It recognises the hard work of the whole school community which enables our pupils to flourish and thrive. We are immensely proud of this achievement and remain committed to sustaining excellence, ensuring that our children continue to receive an outstanding educational experience and one that prepares them for future success.”

Melissa Caslake, Executive Director of Children’s Services, said: “We’d like to congratulate Broadoak School for this huge achievement. It is a great example of a school which cares about the welfare and education of each and every child and this is reflected in how the children and teachers feel about their experience there.”

The report said: “Pupils are happy and flourish at this exceptionally caring school. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. Respectful relationships permeate throughout the school. Pupils get along incredibly well and look out for each other thoughtfully. The school sets the highest expectations for pupils in all aspects of school life. Pupils are eager to do their best. They embrace the rich learning opportunities that staff provide for them. Pupils show admirable attitudes to learning. They grow in curiosity and fascination about the world around them. Pupils relish any challenge that is presented to them. These positive attitudes make a strong contribution to pupils’ exceptional achievement across the curriculum. Pupils enjoy an abundance of wider curriculum opportunities, such as residential visits, clubs, trips and visitors. These enrichment experiences help to shape pupils into resilient and independent learners. Pupils take on leadership responsibilities determinedly. They wear the school badge with tremendous pride and they feel privileged to attend this school.

“The school has designed an aspirational curriculum. The important knowledge and vocabulary that pupils should learn has been meticulously thought out for all year groups, including the early years. The curriculum is well structured and builds progressively. The school is ambitious for pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). It has carefully considered how to overcome the barriers to learning that some pupils face. Pupils experience carefully crafted lessons. Teachers use their excellent subject knowledge to present information clearly. They provide many opportunities for pupils to revisit their prior learning. Skilfully designed activities reveal any misconceptions in pupils’ knowledge. Teachers address these misunderstandings quickly, so that gaps in learning are minimised. Teachers expertly use a range of assessment strategies to check that pupils’ understanding is secure. This begins in the early years, where high-quality interactions tease out children’s thinking. Pupils confidently demonstrate the rich body of knowledge that they acquire over time.

“There is a calm and purposeful atmosphere throughout the school. This begins in the early years, where there is a sharp focus on positive learning behaviours. Pupils are strong team players. They live out the vision of ‘working together to achieve our best’. Pupils understand the importance of attending school regularly. The school works supportively with pupils who have low prior attendance. This helps these pupils to improve their levels of attendance.”

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