Barley Lane Primary School

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About Barley Lane Primary School

Name Barley Lane Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Executive Headteacher Mr Michael Henry
Address Huxley Drive, Chadwell Heath, Romford, RM6 4RJ
Phone Number 02085908474
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 854
Local Authority Redbridge
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher and senior leaders have secured improvements since the school's inspection by keeping staff focused on improving the quality of their teaching. Teaching is now good across the school.

Pupils make good progress and attainment is rising, particularly in reading, writing and mathematics. The governing body is more effective than at the school's last inspection. The review of its working practices means that governors are more sharply holding leaders to account for the school's performance.

Adults work closely as a team in the early years to ensure that children have similarly interesting and stimulating experiences in each cl...ass. This accounts for their enjoyment and good progress. Pupils are able to write at length in a variety of styles.

Their written work is developed across a wide range of subjects and becomes very imaginative as they move through the school. The school's values permeate all areas of its daily life. These promote well the pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

It also helps them to understand the values that underpin British society. Behaviour has improved since the last inspection and is now good. Pupils are polite and very considerate towards others.

Pupils are eager and keen to learn. They take great pride in their work and try hard to meet their individual targets. Pupils mostly feel safe in school because they say the systems and procedures help adults take care of them.

It is not yet an outstanding school because : School leaders do not always evaluate assessment information sharply enough to precisely identify where future action is needed. One consequence is that few disadvantaged pupils make the same rapid progress as some of their peers. Not all subject and year group leaders have the expertise or opportunity to check performance and plan improvements in their areas of responsibility.

Teachers do not always spot quickly enough when pupils are ready to move on to harder work. This can hold up their learning.

Information about this school

This school is large in size compared with other primary schools.

Almost all pupils are from a wide range of minority ethnic backgrounds. This figure is very high. Over two thirds are of Asian or Asian British heritage.

More than three quarters of pupils speak English as an additional language. This figure is high. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is low.

Children in the early years provision attend the Nursery part time and the four Reception classes full time. The proportion of pupils who are supported by funding through the pupil premium is below average and falling. The pupil premium is additional government funding which, in this school, supports pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals.

The governing body has reconstituted since the school's last inspection. All members, including the chair of governors, were appointed in February 2015. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress.

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