|Name||Barnfield Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||26 June 2013|
|Address||Silkstream Road, Edgware, HA8 0DA|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||478 (54% boys 46% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.2|
|Percentage Free School Meals||15.2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||75.7%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||11.7%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||Yes|
Information about this school
The school is larger than most primary schools. The majority of the pupils are from minority ethnic groups and the proportion who speak English as an additional language is well above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below the national average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is additional government funding provided for looked after children, those known to be eligible for free school meals and pupils with a parent in the armed forces, is well above the national average. The school has a children’s centre onsite which is used by the local community but was not inspected as part of this inspection. The breakfast and after-school clubs are managed by the governing body. 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 an outstanding school. Pupils’ achievement is outstanding. Pupils start school needing a lot of support for their learning, but make exceptionally good progress to reach standards which are well above average by the end of Year 6. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage receive very effective help and soon gain confidence in becoming independent, keen learners. Teaching is outstanding and brings out the best in every pupil. Teachers have high expectations and pupils rise to meet them, tackling demanding activities and challenging questions with determination to succeed. Pupils from different groups, including disabled pupils and those with special educational needs and those who receive additional funding, make excellent progress because their needs are quickly understood and skilled support is put in place. Pupils’ behaviour, attitudes to learning and respect for each other are outstanding. Pupils are enormously proud of their school and play an active part in contributing to the calm, positive atmosphere. There is a culture of high aspiration and success for all. Pupils have a rich and stimulating learning experience, inspired by a range of topics and themes which help to motivate them and contribute strongly to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Leadership is outstanding. School leaders are committed to the vision of continuous improvement and all are powerful role models around the school. Staff support for the leadership team has driven up standards across the school. The governing body is highly effective in supporting and challenging the school to help it become even better.