The Nitty-Gritty: School Policy & Performance


Here, you'll find the following information:

  • Performance Data

  • Pupil Premium Spend Breakdown

  • Special Education Needs (SEND)

  • Sports Premium Funding & Impact

  • Key Policies

  • Reports

If you're an Ofsted inspector ('The warmest of welcomes to you!') or if you're just someone who likes to get either the bigger picture or finer detail of how the school is performing then this will be your 'go-to' page. Here, we aim to tell you more about how we operate and how we compare to the standards set for primary schools.

Performance Data

BC 110 of 122The Government publishes primary school end of key stage pupil performance data annually. Ours can be found here:

GOV.UK - Find & Compare Schools

After a challenging initial adjustment to the new assessment regime in 2016, Blue Coat has performed better than the average national school in most subject areas since. With further focus on improving learning for all of our pupils, we are seeking to build further on recent foundations in coming years.

Key Stage 2 Standards - Summary

2018 07 16 11.48.47 am

2018 12 14 01.12.54 pm

2018 12 14 01.21.16 pm2018 12 14 12.20.36 pm


Pupil Premium Spend Breakdown

BC 58 of 122Free School Meals have been available to eligible households for some time. In addition to this financial support, the government awards schools specific funding aimed at narrowing the achievement gap between these pupils (as well as Looked After Children and Service family children) and their peers. Each school spends this money in a way that will best address this issue for their pupils. We're no different. Here's how we spent our funding to improve the attainment of our vulnerable pupils:

Funding Rationale


  • 2015-16: £33,204 for 23 pupils 
  • 2016-17: £30,241 for 20 pupils
  • 2017-18: £30,640 for 18 pupils

Since 2013, the school has spent its pupil premium money in the following ways:

  • 1-to-1 Tuition (subject needs specific)
  • 1-to-1 Tuition (social-emotional needs specific)
  • Group play/art therapy/counselling sessions
  • Finer and Shared Tracking/Analysis of Pupil Premium Pupils
  • Professional Development for Teaching Staff on themes i.e. Effective Feedback, Challenge, Emotional Coaching
  • Wraparound/Respite Care
  • Additional learning resources to support development of conceptual understanding in Maths

For recent Pupil Premium Spend planning and impact...

Here is the school's Pupil Premium Strategy Statement

Special Education Needs (SEND)

Blue Coat School adopts a ‘whole school approach’ to special educational needs with all staff adhering to a model of good practice. The Governing Body, Headteacher, SEND Co-ordinator and all staff are all committed to achieving excellent outcomes for all our pupils with SEND.

We strive to identify any additional needs that children have as early as possible, tailoring provision to overcome individual’s barriers to learning, in order that they achieve to their potential.  Integration and inclusion of all children with special educational needs, whenever possible, and in all aspects of school life, is at the very heart of our policy (see below). When necessary, the withdrawal of individual children and/or small groups for targeted support is also part of our normal practice. Parents will always be consulted with, and informed of, their child’s special educational needs, and we pride ourselves on building positive and productive relationships with parents, as well as a range of other professionals, working in partnership to maximise children’s learning, but also their personal, social and emotional development.

The effectiveness of our provision is continually monitored and evaluated, allowing us to build on successful approaches but also modify and adapt, where appropriate.

Over time, our SEND pupils make at least good progress from both their starting points and compared to their SEND peers nationally.

If you have any questions, or concerns please contact Elaine O’Shaughnessy -  our SEND Co-ordinator.

Sports Premium Funding & Impact

Every state primary school is allocated this funding so as to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and Sport they offer.

This means that you should use the premium to:

  • develop or add to the PE and sport activities that the school already offers
  • make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

Funding is awarded based on the number of pupils taught in the school.

At Blue Coat, we have primarily invested this money in enhancing the quality of PE teaching, its leadership, and promoting sport through regular inter-school competitions and a wide offer of after-school clubs.

A report on this can be found for the previous academic year:


Key Policies

Our school has a number of policies which form the basis of many of the decisions and processes we undertake. All policies have been ratified, reviewed and revised by the school's leadership and governors to ensure that they remain accurate and effective. If a policy has lapsed then it is likely yet to be published here. Please contact the school for the revised, updated version.

Safeguarding Policies

Child Protection & Safeguarding
Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Behaviour and Governors' Statement of General Principles Related to...
Equal Opportunities

Equalities Objectives
Accessibility Plan
Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Health & Safety
School's Early Offer
SEND Information Report or 'Local Offer'
Children with Medical Needs
E-safety & Acceptable Use
First Aid
Positive Handling
Intimate Care
Medicines in School
Sex & Relationships Education
Drugs Education
Data Protection and GDPR Privacy Statement

Other Key Policies & Documents

Admissions Arrangements 2018 and accompanying Church Reference Form
Admissions Arrangements 2019 and accompanying Church Reference Form
Governor Allowances
Charging & Remissions
School Meals
Home-school Agreement
Freedom of Information Publication Scheme
School Uniform



Various external bodies produce reports on the school when evaluating its performance. Here are some of our latest:

Ofsted Survey Report (C&D Survey - 2010)

Ofsted Report (Reduced Tariff Inspection - 2009)

SIAMS Report (June 2014) and SIAMS Report (2009)  

School's Annual 'Parent View' Survey (Summer 2016) and Ofsted Parent View Results

Head's Tweet

from Mr Ryan

A memorable last day for the Year 6's. Don't forget us and please visit! Have a great summer, everyone.

26 Jul 19 at 2:25pm