Annual Report 2017/18

As Chair of the governing body I would like to report what the governing body have done to make sure that Blakehill Primary School continually improves, provides a great place for children to learn and becomes an outstanding school.  It continues to be our focus for all our children to make the best progress they can.
Works carried out 17/18 in school included the following;

May 2017 – Timber Canopy for Reception Class

Sept 2017 – New Security Gate and path to Extra Club

October 2017 – New flooring in Key Stage 2

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty that calls for additional and different provision to be made for them. Children have a learning difficulty if they:
Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age.
Have a disability that prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age.
Are under compulsory school age and fall within the definitions above or would do if special educational provision was not made for them. (2014 SEN Code of Practice)

Blakehill currently employs a lead SENDCo who has the overall responsibility for the provision and outcomes for our SEND pupils in school. Another member of the teaching staff helps co-ordinate provision in KS2 and is currently undertaking the National SENDCo Award in her own time.

During the 2017/18 academic year there were 26 (5.2%) pupils on our school SEN register. National average is 21%.
We had 0 pupils with a Health and Care plan (EHC plan) or Statement. National Average for schools with pupils who have a EHC plan is 1.3%.At Blakehill, the primary need of each of these pupils fit broadly into 6 categories. These needs include:
Speech, Language and Communication (SLCN) – 10 pupils
Moderate Learning Difficulty (MLD) – 5 pupils
Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) – 6 pupils
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – 2 pupils
Hearing Impairment (HI) – 2 pupils
Other/Difficulty/Disability (OTH) – 1 pupil
The needs of all pupils with SEND are reviewed annually and provision is carefully tailored to ensure specific needs are met.

End of year school data indicates that:
Three pupils with SEN completed the KS2 tests in 2018
All three pupils made better than expected progress in Reading and Mathematics
One pupil achieved the expected standards in Reading and Mathematics
Despite continued reducing budgets, all schools including Blakehill are under pressure to review budget carry forward and to make sure that the money is used to invest in current delivery of Teaching and Learning. The following table shows that overall funding, total expenditure and carry forward balance at the end of each financial year over the last 3 years.

We continue to have a strong leadership capability which allows for the development of skills, abilities and flexibility of all staff to meet the changing needs of our children. We have also continued to provide additional resources for support roles to optimise teacher’s time teaching. This strategy is helping us to improve the school environment.

Financial Year     Funding Received            Total Expenditure            Carry Forward Balance   Carry forward %

2016/17                £1,838,528                           £1,838,445                           £100,646                              5.91%

2017/18                £1,838,480                           £1,859,369                           £79,757                                 4.71%

2018/19*             £1,872,820                           £1,871,969                           £80,608                                 4.76%


*Estimated figures


Included in these figures is ‘Pupil Premium’ (PP) an additional amount which the government add to the main school funding to tackle inequality and the needs of disadvantaged pupils who need it most (£TBC per pupil).

The PP is identifiable and each school receives a different amount from the local authority. One factor that is used to determine the amount of PP given to schools is the number of children receiving free school meals. Blakehill receives amongst the least amount in our locality of Bradford East 1. Total funding for PP in 17/18 is ££121,780 for a school with approximately 420 pupils. We spend our PP on providing after-school clubs, interventions, additional staff to support school activities and school uniform subsidies.

Primary School Sports Funding provided a grant of £15,503 which allows us to provide additional support throughout the school. We provide additional after-school clubs too for all years groups free of charge.
Pupil Attainment 2018

Our focus has previously been on writing and this has resulted in excellent achievement. We have shifted our focus on to reading and more recently maths.

Teaching of Phonics is well established in Early Years and Key Stage 1 and has made a massive difference in improving reading as shown in our better than average Phonics screening tests in Year 1.
You will see from the School Performance Data (link below) the percentage of children in Key Stage 2 that achieved great progress and it also highlights where we have had to develop a strategy to improve achievement in maths.

We have always maintained a strong process for monitoring that helps provide feedback and learning targets for children and parents.
School Performance data CLICK HERE
Governing Body

Our governing body comprises of ten governors from various backgrounds including parents, local business people and staff. I’m very proud that our governing body is a group of very committed and highly enthusiastic people who enjoy volunteering at Blakehill and supporting the school’s continuous improvement.

Our governing body has a constitution os 12 governors.  Thus we have two vacancies.  The future recruitment of school governors will focus on finding people with skills which help the governing body achieve their goals for Blakehill Primary school.

Our governing body are very active in school and spend time visiting, volunteering and helping where they can.

I know that our governing body are proud to be governors at Blakehill because it is a good school and our children receive high quality teaching and achieve their potential.

I’d like to thank our governing body, the management and staff for their continued support and commitment to Blakehill Primary School.
Philip Cavalier-Lumley
Chair of Governors
Blakehill Primary School