Barnham Primary School

Name Barnham Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Elm Grove, Barnham, Bognor Regis, PO22 0HW
Phone Number 01243552197
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 289 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.6
Academy Sponsor The Oak Academy Trust
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 12.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.2%
Persistent Absence 8.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.1%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

This is a larger-than-average primary school. Most pupils are White British. Relatively few are from minority ethnic backgrounds or speak English as an additional language.

The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well below average. The pupil premium is additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, children with a parent or carer serving in the armed forces and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. 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 average. There is an on-site unit for pupils with physical disabilities. Currently, there are four pupils on roll.

The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The headteacher took up his post in September 2012. The school holds several awards, including Healthy School status, the Eco Green Flag award and Investors in Children.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The new headteacher ensures all leaders have a sharp focus on improving teaching and learning. Consequently, pupils’ attainment in English and mathematics is rising and all groups now make good progress from their starting points.

Staff and pupils share a strong belief in the values of their school. They are proud to be part of it and are highly supportive of one another. Teamwork is a strength and morale is buoyant.

Pupils benefit from effective teaching that offers good opportunities for discussion and collaboration. The proportion that is outstanding is increasing. Pupils are very happy at school.

Warm and trusting relationships underpin their enjoyment of learning. Everyone is included and respected. Pupils behave very well and feel completely safe and nurtured as a result of the excellent care, guidance and support they receive.

Those with disabilities and special educational needs thrive. The rich variety of experience provided promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development extremely well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In some lessons, teaching assistants are not deployed to best effect.

Occasionally, the pace of lessons does not meet the individual needs of some pupils, especially the more able. Opportunities for pupils to show initiative and learn independently are missed in some lessons. Questioning is not always targeted effectively to consolidate and extend pupils’ learning.