|Name||Barmston Village Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||15 January 2014|
|Address||Barmston Centre, Washington, Tyne and Wear, NE38 8JA|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||237 (50% boys 50% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.3|
|Percentage Free School Meals||36.4%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||2.1%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||13.9%|
|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 pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is significantly above average. The pupil premium provides additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those children in local authority care and those from service families. The vast majority of pupils are of White British background. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is broadly average. The proportion supported at schools action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. More pupils enter and leave the school other than at the usual times when compared with other schools. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. From starting points that are often well below those typical for their age, pupils make good progress to achieve above average standards in reading and mathematics by the time they leave Year 6. Teaching is good. Teachers have good subject knowledge and use this to challenge pupils to progress quickly. They give clear explanations and effectively engage pupils’ interest in learning. The school is calm and supportive. It provides a nurturing environment for all pupils, particularly for those pupils who find it more difficult than others to engage in learning. Pupils feel safe at school. They are happy and behave well, wanting to learn. Parents say that staff care for their children well and make sure that any concerns are addressed quickly. Senior leaders work closely with other leaders in the school to support staff development which has led to better progress and standards for pupils, especially for the older ones. There is good understanding of the schools’ strengths and weaknesses. Leaders and governors identify how the school can become even better and work closely and successfully with teachers to achieve this. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Attainment in writing is lower than in reading and mathematics, especially for boys. Not all teachers plan tasks for pupils that provide good enough opportunities to improve the quality of their writing both in English lessons and when working in other subjects. Most teaching is good rather than outstanding. Pupils are not always challenged well enough to achieve their best. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, some of the activities fail to encourage children to learn, investigate or be creative and so their progress slows.