St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Barnsley

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St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Barnsley

Name St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Barnsley
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Stocks Lane, Barnsley, S75 2DF
Phone Number 01226206422
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 223 (43.5% boys 56.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.5
Academy Sponsor St Mary's Academy Trust
Local Authority Barnsley
Percentage Free School Meals 7.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13.5%
Persistent Absence 8.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 4.9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (19 February 2013)
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Information about this school

The school is of a similar size to other primary schools. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding provided by the government to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children looked after by the local authority and the children of military personnel) is below average. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. St Mary’s Church of England Primary School converted to become an academy school on 1 February 2012. When its predecessor school, St Mary’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good. The Executive Principal of St Mary’s Academy Trust and the staff of the school, which is a National Support School, provide support to two other primary schools: All Saints Darfield, which belongs to the Academy Trust, and Pipers Grove Primary School.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Outstanding teaching enables pupils to make outstanding progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils use these skills exceptionally well in other subjects, for example history. Children join the Reception class with skills that are broadly typical for their age and leave Year 6 having reached high standards in reading, writing and mathematics. The speaking skills of a few pupils of all ages, mainly boys, are not as advanced as their reading and writing skills. This is because : they are not always encouraged to develop these skills to the same extent. Teaching is outstanding because staff make very close checks on pupils’ learning and match the work very precisely to the needs of every pupil. Teaching assistants make a very strong contribution to the learning of pupils of all abilities. Pupils are exceptionally keen to learn. Their behaviour in lessons is excellent. Pupils say that they feel very safe in school. St Mary’s Academy Trust, the local governing body and the school’s senior leaders have very high expectations of staff and pupils. Staff work together very well and this has been a key factor in securing outstanding teaching and the pupils’ outstanding progress.