Barrowford School

Name Barrowford School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 15 June 2016
Address Rushton Street, Barrowford, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 6EA
Phone Number 01282615644
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 381 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.9
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 16%
Percentage English is Not First Language 21.5%
Persisitent Absence 15.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a larger than average-sized primary school. Pupils are mainly of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is below the national average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is slightly above the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. The school meets the current government’s floor standards. These are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is below the national average. The school provides a breakfast and after-school club and a nurture room. The school employs a social worker, play therapist, executive special educational needs coordinator and an inclusion leader in addition to its teaching staff. A new assistant headteacher was appointed in September 2015. Staffing has been more settled in the last year after a period of turbulence. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Senior leaders and governors acted swiftly and successfully to eradicate the weaknesses found at the last inspection. Leaders complete regular checks on the quality of teaching and learning across the school. This has resulted in consistently strong learning for current pupils who are making good progress from their starting points. Pupils’ attitudes to learning are positive. In classes, around school and outside, pupils’ behaviour is good. Strong relationships exist between staff and pupils and between pupils themselves. The curriculum is purposeful, interesting and teaches pupils lessons in life. It is broad and balanced and enables regular assessment of pupils’ learning. Consequently, pupils are well prepared for life after Barrowford. Pupils who have special educational needs and disabilities, and other pupils with barriers to learning, make good progress because their needs are well met. This aspect of the school’s work is particularly strong. Governors know the school well. They visit regularly to check on the quality of provision. They receive the information needed to hold leaders to account and share the ambition of leaders to provide a high standard of education. They have been key players in the school’s recent improvement. The quality of provision, teaching and learning in the early years has improved significantly since the previous inspection. This provision is led well so that children make good progress from their starting points. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The role of middle leaders is not fully established. They are not fully involved in improving teaching and learning within their subjects. Teachers’ performance management targets are not closely aligned to whole-school improvement priorities. Changes to the provision for most-able pupils have yet to deliver consistently strong outcomes for this group of learners. Leaders have more work to do with some parents to explain the positive impact of behaviour strategies.