Bruche Primary School wins Best Practice with Teaching Assistants Award!

12th December 2019

JUST four years after it was declared one of the lowest performing schools in the country, Bruche Primary School has received a national award for its teaching assistants (TAs).

The Padgate school, which is now in the top 10 per cent of primary schools for pupil attainment, was recognised for the role its TAs play in supporting teachers and pupils.

Assessors from the Best Practice with Teaching Assistants Award (BPTAA) visited the school earlier this year and noted the strong leadership of the school’s BPTAA co-ordinator, Chris Gould, with the support of Bruche’s lead TA, Alicia Dignan-Smith.

Chris Jones, executive head teacher of Bruche Primary, said: "Every day our teaching assistants play a key role in supporting the teachers to ensure that our children get the maximum benefit from teaching and learning at school.

"At Bruche, our teaching assistants and teachers really do complement each other’s work and provide high quality experiences for all of our children.

"We are really proud of our teaching assistants and the impact they make to children's lives.

"Each one is a role model and we are very lucky to have such skilled people, who all know how our children need to develop and learn.

"We wanted to achieve this award in recognition for all of their hard work at Bruche."

The assessors said: "The BPTAA has been a positive framework for change, both as a celebration of existing practice and as a framework to develop this even further.

"This will be sustainable through the continuation of clear systems that are in place to ensure the maximum impact of TAs.

"While the learning and progress of all children is recognised as the overall responsibility of the teacher, the TAs are an integral part of driving teaching and learning throughout the school."

Bruche Primary is part of the Warrington Primary Academy Trust (WPAT), a community of more than 1,900 children aged two to 11 in six primary schools and a teaching school.




Geoff Settle wrote;


Great school I remember going there in 2016 to see the school prepare for the Cheshire Flower Show where the theme was Mayor and Mayoress of Warrington - they did a fantastic job and were commended. We told them all about the office and showed them our chains. We went back a week or so later with Jo Sayers from the Mersey Forest and planted about a dozen trees that I sourced from the MF. This year my wife was back at the flower show and they did a display themed on Bees. Wonderful school
UTFT wrote;
This is a great school which is brilliantly well led by the Executive Headteacher Mr. Jones as proved by OFSTED in July. My kids absolutely love going to Bruche. The TA's are always willing to help and are always there to talk too, they really are great role models. Very well deserved, a great team!