Bardney Church of England and Methodist Primary School

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About Bardney Church of England and Methodist Primary School

Name Bardney Church of England and Methodist Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Garth Hicks
Address Henry Lane, Bardney, Lincoln, LN3 5XJ
Phone Number 01526398255
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary controlled school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England/Methodist
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 194
Local Authority Lincolnshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Bardney Church of England and Methodist Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Bardney Primary School is a welcoming community where pupils are valued and challenged to do their very best. From learning about fossils in early years foundation stage to calculating take-home pay in Year 6, pupils enjoy relevant and interesting learning activities. They appreciate the quality of their education and hold their teachers in high regard.

As one pupil commented: 'My teacher is my role model.'

Leaders and staff work well together to provide a caring environment and an ambitious curriculum for all their pupils. From Nursery to Year 6, r...elationships between pupils and adults are very positive.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) get support to access the same learning opportunities as other pupils.

Pupils are a credit to the school. They behave very well, responding to the high expectations of teachers.

There is a calm atmosphere throughout the school. Pupils feel safe and happy. They say bullying happens very rarely and they trust staff to deal with it.

Most parents and carers are pleased with the school. One parent, typical of many, said: 'My child is thriving at this school and I will continue to recommend this school to everyone!'

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders have a clear vision for pupils at this school. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted pupils' learning.

As a result, academic results dropped slightly. Leaders and staff have been working hard to bring the school back to the high standards pupils reached before the pandemic. This hard work is now paying off.

Pupils are achieving well across most curriculum areas, particularly in mathematics and English. As one parent, reflecting on the impact of the pandemic, commented: 'I believe my children have caught up to where they would be in the curriculum. This has been through massive support from the school.'

Leaders have designed an ambitious curriculum. From nursery onwards, teachers are skilled at identifying and closing gaps in pupils' knowledge. In most subjects, leaders have identified the key knowledge and the order in which pupils need to know it.

However, in a very small number of subjects, this work is not yet complete.

Children in early years are helped to become independent learners. Leaders have planned their development very carefully.

Children in the Nursery and Reception Years are involved in the life of the school. For example, they participate fully in whole-school assemblies. This helps to ensure that they are well prepared for key stage 1.

Reading is a top priority throughout the school. Leaders have chosen an early reading programme that meets the needs of all pupils, including those with SEND. This programme begins in nursery.

Staff receive training to deliver the programme. This helps them to deliver effective reading lessons. Teachers quickly identify pupils who fall behind.

Pupils are well supported to read with accuracy and confidence.

Learning in mathematics is a strength. Leaders have made sure that pupils' mathematical understanding builds in small steps.

This approach begins in early years. Teachers are knowledgeable and enthusiastic. They recap previous learning well.

This helps pupils remember what they have learned. Most pupils enjoy mathematics. As one pupil commented in a maths lesson: 'This is kind of fun!'

Beginning in early years, leaders are quick to identify pupils with SEND.

Staff provide effective support to help these pupils achieve well. Most parents of pupils with SEND are positive about the support their child receives at school.

Pupils talk with enthusiasm about their learning experiences beyond the classroom.

These range from sports tournaments to faith weeks. Pupils take part in a variety of sports clubs, including multi-skills and curling. Other activities, including film and book clubs, further develop pupils' interests.

Most pupils have attended at least one club so far this year. Pupils say they enjoy leadership responsibilities. They serve in different roles, including well-being monitors and house captains.

Pupils learn about people from different backgrounds. They show high levels of respect for others. Pupils talk confidently about British values such as democracy.

Pupils are very friendly and well mannered. Behaviour in lessons is respectful. This helps pupils to concentrate on their work.

Leaders have introduced a new attendance policy. This is having a positive impact.

Governors have an accurate view of the strengths of the school.

They work well with leaders on areas for improvement. Most parents are confident in the leadership of the school. However, some parents feel that communication could be better.

Leaders consider staff workload and well-being when making decisions. Morale is high and staff are very proud to work at this school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

There is a strong safeguarding culture at this school. All staff receive appropriate and regular training on how to keep pupils safe from potential harm. This helps staff to identify and report any concerns.

School leaders follow up on all concerns effectively. They work closely with outside agencies to get the help pupils and families need.

The safeguarding governor works with school leaders to help ensure that the school's systems for keeping pupils safe are effective.

Pupils learn how to keep themselves safe. This includes potential risks they may face online.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a very small number of subjects, leaders have not precisely identified what knowledge pupils must know and in what order.

As a result, pupils' knowledge in these subjects is not as strong. Leaders need to complete their work on refining the curriculum so that staff understand what pupils must know and remember. ? Some parents feel that communication between home and school is not as effective as it could be.

They are concerned that leaders do not always respond to issues they raise in a timely manner and do not feel fully informed. Leaders should improve communication systems so that all parents feel fully involved and informed about their child's education.Background

When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the second ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in January 2013.

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