Barley Mow Primary School


Name Barley Mow Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 November 2014
Address Pembroke Avenue, Barley Mow, Birtley, Chester le Street, County Durham, DH3 2DJ
Phone Number 01914102758
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 194 (44% boys 56% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.1
Local Authority Gateshead
Percentage Free School Meals 26.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.7%
Persisitent Absence 11%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is an average sized primary school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is approximately twice the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or are cared for by the local authority. The proportions of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs are below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ achievement in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6. Children attend the nursery part time. The headteacher and most of the senior leadership team are relatively new in post.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Most pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. From starting points below typical levels, they reach standards in line with those found nationally. The headteacher, ably supported by senior leaders and the governors, has successfully led the drive to improve the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement. Leaders check on the quality of teaching and learning closely and standards have improved as a result. Governors regularly check on pupils’ progress and challenge leaders to secure the best outcomes for pupils. Pupils behave well, enjoy coming to school and attend regularly. They are polite and courteous and manage their behaviour with maturity. Pupils say that they feel safe and parents agree that the school is a safe and secure place for their children. Teaching is consistently good and sometimes outstanding. Teachers have high expectations and plan interesting lessons based on a detailed knowledge of each pupil’s progress. Governors know the school well. They make sure that the curriculum provides a broad set of learning experiences which promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and that pupils develop a sound understanding of traditional British values. Provision in the early years is good. Skilful teaching and caring staff ensure that children are happy, learn well and make good progress. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Achievement in writing and mathematics is not as good as in reading. Teachers’ expectations of writing in topic work are not as high as they are in pupils’ literacy work. Pupils do not always make the improvements teachers suggest when marking work. Too many pupils do not learn basic mathematical skills thoroughly by the end of Year 4. Middle leaders do not have the skills to monitor progress in their subjects.