Barrow Hedges Primary School

Name Barrow Hedges 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 03 February 2015
Address Harbury Road, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 4LA
Phone Number 02086434428
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 672 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.4
Academy Sponsor Cirrus Primary Academy Trust
Local Authority Sutton
Percentage Free School Meals 5.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 16.2%
Persisitent Absence 5.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 4.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

Barrow Hedges is larger than the average-sized primary school. The early years provision comprises a part-time Nursery and three full-time Reception classes. There are three classes in each of Years 1 to 5 and two in Year 6. Most pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is lower than the national average but is increasing in the early years. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is well below average. Less than 10% of pupils are supported by the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those in local authority care. This is well below the national average. In 2014, there were fewer than five eligible pupils in Year 6. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The headteacher returned from maternity leave immediately following the previous inspection. There has been significant staff turnover since the previous inspection. In September 2014, 12 teachers were recruited, nine of whom were newly qualified. The school works in partnership with Avenue Primary School, a local Teaching School, to facilitate a support programme for all newly qualified staff.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Since the previous inspection, the headteacher and senior team have worked tirelessly to improve teaching and pupils’ achievement. Pupils’ progress is good in all year groups. Pupils’ attainment at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2 is significantly above the national average in reading, writing and mathematics, and continues to rise. Children in the early years receive a good start to their education, effectively preparing them for Year 1. Pupils’ attendance is well above the national average. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They are polite and friendly and show respect for each other and adults. All of the school’s work promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is good. Teaching is good and some is outstanding. Teachers have good subject knowledge and use questioning well to develop pupils’ understanding. Their marking is of a high quality. Governors carry out their roles and responsibilities effectively. They carefully challenge and question the school’s leaders when they hold them to account. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some teachers do not expect enough of the most able pupils. Some of the work set for them is too easy. Pupils do not have sufficient opportunities to use their mathematical skills in other subjects.