Barnwell Academy


Name Barnwell Academy
Website http://www.barnwellacademy.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 17 October 2012
Address Whitefield Estate, Penshaw, Houghton le Spring, Tyne and Wear, DH4 7RT
Phone Number 01915844440
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 285 (57% boys 43% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.9
Academy Sponsor Barnwell Academy Trust
Local Authority Sunderland
Percentage Free School Meals 17.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.8%

Information about this school

This is a slightly above average-sized primary school. An average proportion of pupils are eligible for the pupil premium. The proportion of pupils identified with special educational needs through school action is slightly below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. In 2012, the school exceeded the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. Since the time of the previous inspection the school has appointed a new deputy headteacher. The school has achieved the following awards: Investors in People (Gold Standard); Basic Skills Quality Mark; Quality in Study Support; and the Becta ICT Mark. The school manages ‘Footsteps’ which provides registered childcare. This takes the form of a day-care facility for children up to three years old. The school also provides out-of-hours learning before- and after-school for older pupils.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school motto ‘learning together and having fun’ is alive in lessons and around the school. Parents, pupils, teachers and leaders place learning at the heart of school life, and ensure that school is a fun place to be. Pupils achieve well at school. They make good progress from their starting points. Their attainment by the time they leave school is above the national average due, in part, to outstanding provision in Year 6. Children in Nursery and Reception make good progress because of the high quality environment and imaginative approach of the teachers. The quality of teaching is good. Some is outstanding. Teachers have high expectations of pupils in lessons. Marking helps pupils understand what they need to do to make their work even better. Teaching assistants make a very good contribution to the learning and achievement of pupils. Behaviour is good and pupils feel safe. Pupils behave well both in lessons and around the school. They are courteous to each other and other adults. Their attitudes to learning help them to achieve well. The headteacher, deputy headteacher and governing body work together well to secure improvements in all areas of school life. They are good role models for staff and pupils. Leaders ensure that teachers perform well and focus on the achievement of pupils in their care. They also make regular checks on the quality of the curriculum. As a result, teaching and achievement are rapidly improving. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There are some minor inconsistencies in the quality of teaching including in the use of questioning, the provision of opportunities for pupils to think for themselves and the setting of challenging work for more-able pupils in mathematics. There is insufficient focus on the progress of different groups of pupils during lesson observations and some strategies to improve achievement have not had time to take full effect.