Barnehurst Infant School

Name Barnehurst Infant School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 05 June 2013
Address Barnehurst Close, Northumberland Heath, Erith, Kent, DA8 3NL
Phone Number 01322334401
Type Academy
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.9
Academy Sponsor The Primary First Trust
Local Authority Bexley
Percentage Free School Meals 6.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.4%
Persisitent Absence 5.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 10%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

The school is of average size and serves pupils mainly from the local area. The Early Years Foundation Stage consists of morning and afternoon Nursery sessions, and two Reception classes. The majority of pupils are White British, with only a small proportion from other ethnic heritages. The proportion of pupils eligible for additional funding, called the pupil premium, is similar to the national picture. The proportions of pupils with special educational needs supported by school action, is above average, but the proportion supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is slightly below average. There is a morning breakfast club and after-school activity clubs which are not managed by the governing body and were therefore not observed as part of this inspection. The school is part of a Hard Federation with Barnehurst Junior school, which shares part of the site. There is a head of school of Barnehurst infants, a head of school of Barnehurst Juniors and an executive headteacher who oversees the work of both. Governors oversee the work of both schools, but specific governors and committees often focus on each school separately.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The effectiveness of the school has improved rapidly since the previous inspection to outstanding levels. The head of school, supported by the executive headteacher of the Federation, has succeeded in improving key aspects of the school’s work significantly. Pupils now achieve extremely well so they reach high levels of attainment in almost all subjects by the time they leave. They are extremely confident learners who reach much better than expected levels of reading, writing, number and social skills. This gives them a very good grounding for their start in their next schools. Teaching activities and lessons capitalise extremely effectively on the significantly improved range of activities that pupils follow. This ensures that their learning is fun, purposeful and fosters their basic skills very well. Those pupils who find learning more difficult are supported outstandingly well both within class-based activities and by one-to-one support from skilful teaching assistants. The school’s emphasis on developing pupils’ understanding of values, such as honesty and respect, has been highly successful in promoting deep levels of understanding, tolerance and valuing of others’ beliefs and backgrounds. Pupils say they really like the way that activities are themed and are really excited to find out what their new topic will be each term, such as ‘pirates’ or learning about animal kingdoms. Learning about the environment through their visits to Forest School, extends their environmental awareness and understanding to high levels. The school is led by a highly effective head of school, supported by the Federation’s executive headteacher. The Federation arrangements have been particularly successful in making the transition from infant to junior school smooth and purposeful. Governors provide a high level of support, actively promote joint ways of working and have moved quickly and successfully to tackle and remedy issues from the previous inspection.