Barnsbury Primary School and Nursery

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Barnsbury Primary School and Nursery


Name Barnsbury Primary School and Nursery
Website http://www.barnsbury.surrey.sch.uk/
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Address Almond Avenue, Barnsbury, Woking, GU22 0BB
Phone Number 01483763114
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 446 (48.2% boys 51.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.5
Academy Sponsor The Swan Trust
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 13.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 22.4%
Persistent Absence 9.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.2%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Key findings

This is a good school. It has improved since the last inspection.

Attainment has risen, pupils' progress has accelerated and their behaviour has improved. It is not better than good because a few pupils do not make good year-on-year progress. Most parents and carers are supportive of the school, with many written comments referring to improvements since amalgamation.

All groups of pupils achieve well in this inclusive school. Most children enter the school with skills that are low compared with those typical for their age, particularly in communication, literacy and language. They make good progress as they move through the school and attainment is broadly average by the end of Year 6, although reading and mathematics are stronger than writing.

Pupils respond well to the good teaching they receive. Teachers know their pupils well and have good relationships with them. Teachers' clear explanations, good subject knowledge and use of interesting resources all contribute to the good progress that pupils make.

The pace of learning is slightly slower in lessons where pupils have fewer opportunities to work on their own or to reflect on their learning. Behaviour and safety are good. Pupils and their parents and carers say that the school is a safe and friendly place.

Most pupils behave well, are sensitive to each other's different cultures and opinions, and are kind and respectful to staff and to visitors. Attendance has improved through the school's concerted actions and is above average. The headteacher provides determined leadership.

She has a clear vision for school development which is based upon accurate school self-evaluation and is shared by members of the governing body and all staff. The effective management of teaching and learning, the constant focus on staff training and regular checks on staff performance have led to improvements in pupils' achievement.

Information about the school

This is larger than the average-sized primary school.

The school was created in September 2008 by the amalgamation of an infant and junior school which shared the same site. Most pupils are White British, and other pupils come from a range of minority ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is higher than the national average as is the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language.

The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, including those with a statement of special educational needs, is average. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress.

The school has received a number of awards, including the Anti-Bullying Bronze Award and Investor in People. There is a before- and after-school club, 'Barnsbury Buddies', managed by the governing body. A privately run pre-school, Woodlands, is on site, and is subject to separate inspection arrangements.