Barnsole Primary School

Name Barnsole Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Barnsole Road, Gillingham, ME7 2JG
Phone Number 01634333400
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 690 (51.4% boys 48.6% girls)
Local Authority Medway
Percentage Free School Meals 12.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
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Information about this school

The school is much larger than the average-sized primary school and is organised on two separate sites on the opposite sides of a main road. One site accommodates the early years provision and key stage 1 while the other site accommodates key stage 2. The school provides full-time early years provision in three Reception classes. Since September 2015, the governing body have also been responsible for the on-site Nursery that provides separate part-time provision for two- and three-year olds. This includes funded provision for disadvantaged two-year-olds. About one third of the pupils on roll are eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for disadvantaged pupils), which is more than the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is above that found in primary schools nationally. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. One in 10 pupils has a first language other than English. The school meets the current government floor standards which set out the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The headteacher chairs a group of 10 primary schools that work together as the ‘South Bank Consortium’.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The inspirational headteacher has created a culture of high expectations and a vision of excellence that is shared by staff and governors. Leaders throughout the school have used their enthusiasm and shared determination to raise standards. They are jointly responsible for the improvements made. Teaching has improved rapidly since the previous inspection and is now outstanding overall. From generally low starting points, pupils make rapid and sustained progress in reading, writing and mathematics throughout the school. Outcomes for pupils at the end of key stage 2 are above national averages, demonstrating that pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education. Disadvantaged pupils achieve as well as all other pupils nationally. Pupils’ personal development is outstanding. They take responsibility for their learning and for jobs around the school. They take care of themselves and others very well. Current pupils in all year groups are making rapid progress to develop their knowledge and skills in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils use both spoken and written language confidently. Their use of interesting vocabulary is developed exceptionally well. Governors know their school and community well. They hold leaders to account and ensure they use resources smartly so that pupils make outstanding progress. Children get off to a superb start to their education in the outstanding early years provision. Children make accelerated progress from low starting points in both the Nursery and the Reception settings. Attendance has improved markedly and is now in line with the national average. Processes to keep pupils safe in school and in the wider world are highly effective. The interesting and lively curriculum contributes well to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Behaviour has improved remarkably since the previous inspection.