Fawbert and Barnard’s Primary School


Name Fawbert and Barnard’s Primary School
Website http://www.fandbharlow.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 July 2013
Address London Road, Old Harlow, Essex, CM17 0DA
Phone Number 01279429427
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Academy Sponsor Templefields Multi-Academy Trust
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 11.4%

Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium, which is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those in local authority care or those with a parent in the armed services, is below average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is below average, as is the proportion who speak English as an additional language. The proportions of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The headteacher and deputy headteacher took up post in January 2013.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Children make good progress in Reception, and develop a wide range of important skills. Older pupils continue to make good progress throughout the school. This year, standards in reading, writing and mathematics are above average in Year 6, and an increasing number of pupils are reaching higher National Curriculum levels. Teachers have good subject knowledge and they plan lessons well. They use questions effectively to give pupils the opportunity to explain their understanding. Pupils’ attitudes to learning are exemplary. Behaviour in lessons and around the school is excellent. Pupils are extremely proud of their school. Teaching assistants help to promote good progress in lessons. Attendance is consistently above average. The new headteacher and other leaders understand what needs to be done to move the school forward. They have clear and measurable priorities, based on improving teaching and accelerating pupils’ progress. Governors and all staff share in the ambition to ensure all pupils maximise their achievement. The governing body is well informed, and challenges as well as supports school leaders. Pupils enjoy a wide range of subjects and activities to develop their skills. Art and music are particularly strong. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching. Teachers do not always check enough on pupils’ progress in lessons, so they can be moved on to the next stage of learning as soon as they are ready. Pupils are not always given opportunities to work independently in lessons so that they can extend their own learning. Some leaders who are new to their roles have not yet had a full impact on teaching and learning in their phase areas.