Red Barn Community Primary School

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Red Barn Community Primary School

Name Red Barn Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Linden Lea, Portchester, Fareham, PO16 8HJ
Phone Number 01329288011
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 237 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.7
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 9.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.0%
Persistent Absence 5.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.9%%
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Key findings

Red Barn is an outstanding school.

Pupils, staff, and parents and carers fully appreciate the way it has improved rapidly since the appointment of the present headteacher. One parent summed up the views of many when writing: 'This is a fantastic school. My daughter has made great progress over the past four years, which is a testament to the fantastic teaching staff.'

A typical comment from pupils was: 'I would rather come to school to learn than stay at home in the holidays.' One member of staff wrote: 'I feel passionate about our school.' Another simply commented that the headteacher was 'inspirational and outstanding'.

Children make outstanding progress and achieve exceptionally w...ell from below typical starting points in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Outstanding provision in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 ensures that all pupils build on this strong foundation extremely well. By Year 6, attainment is above average in mathematics and English, including reading.

The curriculum is outstanding and meets pupils' needs exceptionally well. Outstanding teaching ensures pupils are provided with activities very well matched to their varying abilities. The school is presently working to embed the practice of pupils being involved in planning the next steps in their learning.

Provision for pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is outstanding and this is reflected in their excellent behaviour, their politeness and consideration for others. Pupils feel very safe and enjoy school. Leadership and management are outstanding, including the leadership of teaching and the management of the school's performance.

The headteacher is dedicated to ensuring that all pupils are given equal opportunities to succeed. She works closely with the senior leadership team and the very effective governing body to ensure that the school consistently scrutinises its performance rigorously to make sure it continues to provide an outstanding education for pupils.

Information about the school

This is a smaller than average size primary school which was removed from a notice to improve and judged to provide pupils with a satisfactory education when it was last inspected in 2009.

The proportion of pupils with disabilities or who have special educational needs is above average. Nearly all of this group have moderate learning difficulties. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is above average.

Almost all pupils are of White British heritage, few are of minority ethnic heritage and none is at the early stages of learning English as an additional language. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectation for pupils' attainment and progress. There is a privately run Nursery provision on the school site which is not managed by the governing body and was therefore not included as part of this inspection.