Barnehurst Junior School

Name Barnehurst Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 02 November 2016
Address Barnehurst Close, Northumberland Heath, Erith, Kent, DA8 3NL
Phone Number 01322334214
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 236 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 31.9
Academy Sponsor The Primary First Trust
Local Authority Bexley
Percentage Free School Meals 5.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.9%
Persisitent Absence 7.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. The school is part of The Primary First Trust and is federated with Barnehurst Infant School. Barnehurst is a larger than average-sized junior school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils who are eligible for pupil premium funding is slightly smaller than average. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The next largest group are of Black or Black British Caribbean heritage. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is lower than average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is much lower than average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Since the school opened in 2013, staff and leaders have ensured that pupils have high aspirations and achieve well. With excellent support from the academy trust, they have made Barnehurst a vibrant, caring school community. The headteacher provides inspirational leadership. Supported extremely well by the trust and by her deputies, she nurtures, develops and challenges staff to constantly reflect on, and improve, their skills. As a result, staff are proud and happy to work at the school. Teaching, learning and assessment are outstanding. Strong values underpin all aspects of the school’s work. As one pupil put it: ‘Our school values are important to us. They keep us safe.’ Pupils feel safe because they know that all the adults in the school put their well-being and happiness first. Pupils make excellent progress from high starting points when they join the school. As a result, they leave the school with standards in reading, writing and mathematics which are well above those achieved nationally. The most able pupils make rapid progress and achieve the highest levels of attainment. The school’s rich, interesting curriculum provides very well for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils never fail to exemplify the British values of respect and tolerance. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. They are interesting, lively young citizens who greet visitors with a smile. Their parents and their school should be very proud of them. Parents speak highly of the school and say that their children thrive because of the strong teaching and the care that they receive. As one parent said: ‘They take care of all the little things you worry about as a mum.’ Disadvantaged pupils, including the most able, make rapid progress and achieve well because : of highly skilled teaching which meets their needs. Pupils’ books show that they make strong progress across a wide range of subjects. Leaders recognise that better consistency through the school in the approach to teaching handwriting would improve the presentation of some written work.