Barmston Village Primary School

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Barmston Village Primary School

Name Barmston Village Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 15 January 2014
Address Barmston Centre, Washington, Tyne and Wear, NE38 8JA
Phone Number 01914175945
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 237 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.3
Local Authority Sunderland
Percentage Free School Meals 36.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.1%
Persisitent Absence 9.7%
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.