Thomas Barnes Primary School

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About Thomas Barnes Primary School

Name Thomas Barnes Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs E Tibbitts
Address School Lane, Hopwas, Tamworth, B78 3AD
Phone Number 01827213840
Phase Primary
Type Foundation school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 106
Local Authority Staffordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school.

From broadly average starting points, pupils make outstanding progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Attainment in reading, writing and mathematics has risen year on year and is now well above average. Every group of pupils, including those supported by additional funding, disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, achieve equally well.

As a result of dedicated and focused teaching, no pupil is left behind. This outstanding achievement has been sustained over the last three years because : the headteacher has left no stone unturned in making sure pupils receive the best possible education. Her caring, ou...tstanding leadership has moved a good school to the next level by setting high expectations of herself, the staff and all her pupils.

Well-planned teaching provides the right amount of challenge to make learning interesting and exciting. Pupils thoroughly enjoy their varied and stimulating school life. Their consistently high attendance reflects this.

Pupils' enjoyment of learning is infectious. Their outstanding attitudes and enthusiasm make sure that lessons get off to a prompt start and run smoothly. Pupils make the most of the time available.

Pupils' books are neat, well presented and reflect the evident pride they have in their work. Pupils show sensitivity, care and respect towards each other and relationships are outstanding. Excellent behaviour and the school's rigorous focus on pupils' safety and well-being make the school a happy, secure environment in which to work and play.

The governing body knows the school well and is effective in holding it to account so that any underperformance is swiftly identified and remedied. The promotion of pupils' spiritual, moral and social development is outstanding. Whilst pupils' cultural development is good, they do not have a strong enough awareness of different cultures beyond the school and are not fully prepared for life in a global society.

The overwhelming majority of parents and carers hold the school in the highest regard.

Information about this school

Thomas Barnes is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The four classes within this school span seven year groups and some pupils are taught in mixed-age classes.

Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. Others come from a range of different heritage groups. Few pupils speak English as an additional language.

A below-average number of pupils is eligible for support from the pupil premium, which is additional government funding for children who are looked after by the local authority, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those with a parent in the armed forces. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are supported through school action is broadly average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also broadly average.

The school meets the government's current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress. A very few pupils attend alternative provision on a part-time basis at the Lichfield Dyslexia Centre. The school is a member of the Tame Valley Co-operative Learning Trust.

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