Barns Green Primary School

Name Barns Green Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address The Hordens, Horsham, RH13 0PJ
Phone Number 01403730614
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 126 (46.8% boys 53.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.2
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 6.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.6%
Persistent Absence 8%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (21 November 2012)
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Information about this school

The school is much smaller than most primary schools and pupils are taught in mixed-age classes. The school is situated on two separate sites; the infants are taught at the Barns Green site and the junior pupils are taught at the Itchingfield site. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage with very few who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs who are supported through school action is average, as is the proportion who are supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium funding, additional money from the government for pupils who are eligible for free school meals or in local authority care, is below average. The school’s most recent results cannot be compared to the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum standards for pupils’ attainment and progress, because there were not enough pupils in Year 6 in 2012 to make such comparisons meaningful. None of the pupils on the school’s roll are taught in other provision (other schools or units).

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. School leaders have high expectations and they have created a positive climate for learning in which pupils achieve well both personally and academically. School leaders and governors have successfully tackled previous weaknesses in teaching through robust systems for performance management. This has led to improvements to pupils’ achievement. Pupils achieve well across the school. They make good progress in reading and mathematics and reach standards that are above average by the end of Year 6. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs make similar progress to their classmates as a result of the good support they receive. Teaching is typically lively with well-planned activities that enable pupils to make good progress. Pupils feel safe at school and they behave well because staff have consistent approaches to managing their behaviour. Pupils enjoy working and playing together, reflecting the school’s effective provision for their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Children get off to a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage because staff provide a stimulating and nurturing environment. School leaders and governors have an accurate understanding of the strengths of the school and what needs to be improved further. Teamwork is strong and school policies are consistently applied across both parts of the school. Leaders have successfully addressed issues from the previous inspection, demonstrating that they have the capacity to improve further. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils do not make as much progress in writing as they do in reading and mathematics. Pupils’ basic skills in handwriting, spelling and punctuation are not as good as they should be.