Barnes Junior School

Name Barnes Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 May 2014
Address Mount Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR4 7QF
Phone Number 01915535968
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 346 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.9
Local Authority Sunderland
Percentage Free School Meals 13.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 16.5%
Persisitent Absence 11.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school is above average in size. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium is above average. (The pupil premium is additional funding allocated for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or in the care of the local authority.) At the end of 2013 the school met the government’s current floor standard, which is the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. Over the last two years there has been greater movement of pupils into and out of the school. The school has gained the Quality Mark for Extended School Activities, which is in recognition for excellent provision for lunchtime and after-school clubs.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. This school has improved significantly since the last inspection. Pupils’ progress has improved dramatically. Nearly all pupils are making expected progress from their starting points and the number of pupils making better progress than this is getting much closer to the national average. Teaching is good and improving because the teaching staff are highly motivated to continually improve their skills and implement new ideas received from training to improve progress. Pupils enjoy coming to school. They are keen to do their best and very positive relationships between pupils and adults are evident across the school. Their attendance is above average. The school provides a safe and harmonious environment. Pupils are well cared for and they say they feel very safe in school. The staff ensure that all pupils are given every opportunity to fully engage in school life, including taking part in a very wide range of clubs at lunchtime and after school. Since the last inspection the senior and middle leaders have ensured that the school has maintained a relentless focus on improving pupils’ progress and teaching. The school has a good capacity to make further improvements. The governing body effectively challenges all aspects of the school’s work and also provides high quality support. It is not yet an outstanding school because : More pupils need to make better than expected progress, particularly in mathematics and reading. The marking of pupils’ work is not yet consistent enough to have a strong impact on progress.