Barnard Grove Primary School

Name Barnard Grove Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
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.
Inspection Date 23 January 2012
Address Barnard Grove, Hartlepool, TS24 9SD
Phone Number 01429230300
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 348 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.0
Academy Sponsor Ad Astra Academy Trust
Local Authority Hartlepool
Percentage Free School Meals 33.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2%
Persisitent Absence 9.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

This school is larger than the average primary school. Almost all pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is well above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is average; the proportion with a statement of special educational needs is also average. The school has achieved Activemark and Healthy School status. The school meets the current floor standards. Since September 2010, the school has had two co-headteachers who have shared the leadership role. The long-serving headteacher works on a part-time basis alongside the headteacher designate who will take up overall leadership of the school in September 2012. There has been an acting deputy headteacher during the same period. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Key Findings

This is a good school. Pupils, parents and carers are very positive about the school and its inclusive ethos. They welcome the way it develops pupils’ strong social, moral, spiritual and cultural awareness, keeps pupils safe, and encourages them to behave well. Pupils’ achievement is good. From starting points in the Nursery class which are below expectations, they make good progress to attain standards which are average overall and in mathematics. Progress in English is outstanding, enabling pupils to attain standards which are above average. Disabled students and those with special educational needs make good progress. Teaching is good. There is much outstanding teaching in both Key Stages 1 and 2 which enthuses pupils and helps them make rapid progress. However, the quality of teaching is variable across the school and, in some lessons, work is not well matched to the needs of individual pupils. This is especially so in mathematics in Key Stage 1. While there is some excellent practice, marking and target-setting are inconsistent in telling pupils how to improve their work. Pupils’ behaviour is good and they say they feel safe in school. Their behaviour is exemplary in those lessons where they are fully engaged by their learning. They enjoy school and say that misbehaviour is uncommon and is effectively dealt with by their teachers. Despite the best efforts of the school, attendance is average. Leadership and management are good. The system of co-headteachers has ensured the development and continuity of effective management in the school. Senior leaders know the school’s strengths and weaknesses well. After a decline in attainment in 2009, they determinedly and effectively introduced strategies to improve the quality of teaching and the curriculum which have raised standards to previous levels. Staff effectively seize opportunities to develop subject areas and contribute to school improvements. The governing body supports and challenges senior leaders well.