Barwick-in-Elmet Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School


Name Barwick-in-Elmet Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School
Website http://www.barwick-in-elmetschool.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 09 December 2014
Address Chapel Lane, Barwick-in-Elmet, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 4HL
Phone Number 01132812132
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 251 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.5
Local Authority Leeds
Percentage Free School Meals 6.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.8%

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average sized primary school and numbers are increasing. The proportion of pupils supported by pupil premium funding is below the national average. The pupil premium is additional government funding for disadvantaged pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above the national average. Most pupils are White British and very few speak English as an additional language. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The early years provision is for Reception children who attend full time and Nursery children who attend part time. The headteacher was appointed in April 2013. Since then there have been significant staffing changes, including five new teachers. A new senior leadership team was established in September 2013, which was further strengthened by the appointment of a new deputy headteacher in September 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher and leadership team have a very clear vision for the school which is understood by all. Management of the many staffing changes has been effective and ensures the school is improving. The headteacher is relentless in her pursuit of ensuring pupils do as well as they possibly can. The robust action taken following a dip in attainment has improved achievement and teaching successfully. Pupils achieve well and make good progress. Standards are now returning to being above average. Provision in the early years is effective and children make good progress. Teaching is now consistently good. The consistent approach to posing pupils a range of challenges within lessons is a key factor in raising aspirations and improving progress. The school enjoys considerable support from parents and the community, which is very evident in the newly developed learning space paid for through fund-raising activities. Pupils behave well and consistently show respect and good manners to each other and to adults. They are proud of their school and say that, ‘Teachers bring out the best in us!’ Spiritual, moral and social development is promoted successfully. Pupils reflect on their own learning, lives and beliefs. Pupils say they feel secure at school and talk with confidence about what the school does to keep them safe. It is not yet an outstanding school because : While the rate of progress for boys in writing is improving, they still do not achieve as well as the girls. Teaching is not always successful in meeting the needs of all pupils, especially the most-able pupils. Pupils’ understanding of cultural diversity is not as strong as their knowledge of their own culture.