Barton Primary School

Name Barton Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Furrlongs, Newport, PO30 2AX
Phone Number 01983522469
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 272 (52.9% boys 47.1% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.5
Local Authority Isle of Wight
Percentage Free School Meals 40.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.5%
Persistent Absence 17.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 17.6%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (19 May 2015)
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Information about this school

The school is an average-sized primary school. There is a Nursery class and a Reception class in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Children attending the Nursery do so on a part-time basis. Early years provision in the Reception class is full time. There are six other classes, each catering for a different year group. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is higher than the national average. This additional funding is for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or those who are looked after by the local authority. Most pupils are of White British heritage. A very few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is higher than the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum standard set for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school provides a pre-school breakfast club and an after-school club for pupils. The school is currently governed by an interim executive board (IEB). In May 2015, the school was awarded a national Primary Science Quality Mark.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The senior leaders have successfully overcome the school’s previous weaknesses and improved the quality of teaching and raised pupils’ achievement. The headteacher’s strong leadership has been instrumental in supporting the school’s development. He is ably supported by a strong leadership team. Teaching is good across the school. Teachers and learning support assistants work together very well to support pupils’ development. Teachers are innovative in planning exciting learning experiences that capture pupils’ interest and encourage an enjoyment of learning. Pupils develop a good appreciation of British values through well planned activities that relate to current events. Pupils achieve well and make good progress from their starting points. Pupils’ early reading skills are enhanced by the high quality teaching of phonics (the sounds that letters make). Pupils’ behaviour in and around the school is good and they feel safe. In lessons, pupils display good attitudes to learning and work together well. The school council provides pupils with significant opportunities to influence change. The school successfully promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, including developing pupils’ leadership responsibilities. Leadership of the Early Years Foundation Stage is good. Children are well supported and enabled to make good progress. The interim executive board (IEB) provides excellent challenge and support to the school. Members of the IEB share the leadership’s determination to improve the school. They have a very clear understanding of the school’s work and its impact on overcoming the challenges faced. It is not yet an outstanding school because : A legacy of previous poor quality teaching means that some pupils struggle to make good progress. Attendance has fallen slightly and is below the national average. Leaders have not reduced the number of pupils arriving late. Procedures to monitor pupils’ progress and attainment are not used consistently, which limit their effectiveness.