Barnfield Primary School

Name Barnfield Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 26 June 2013
Address Silkstream Road, Edgware, HA8 0DA
Phone Number 02089526026
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 478 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.2
Local Authority Barnet
Percentage Free School Meals 15.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 75.7%
Persisitent Absence 6.8%
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.