St Barnabas Primary School was last inspected in October 2018. The inspector spent a day with us in order to confirm our own self evaluation and agreed that we continue to be a Good school.
Under the latest Inspection Framework, if a school has maintained their standards from the previous inspection, a letter is issued rather than a full detailed report. This letter can be found by clicking this link.
The inspector’s letter is very positive but we are particularly proud of the following comments:
Leadership and Management
‘Leaders, including governors, share your ambition and commitment to ensuring that pupils achieve their best.’
‘Governors provide appropriate support and challenge to leaders. They ask suitable
questions and diligently seek out information about pupils’ achievement for
themselves. This keeps them well informed about the effectiveness of teaching.’
Quality of teaching
‘Pupils’ well-being is paramount to the work that you do. This means that you take
swift action when pupils need extra assistance to catch up. Your timely
interventions mean that pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have
special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, receive effective academic and
pastoral help. As a result, these pupils gain in confidence, have positive attitudes to
learning and make effective progress.’
Safeguarding and Behaviour
‘Pupils enjoy school and attend regularly. They say that they feel safe at school and
confirm there is always someone to talk to if they are worried or upset. Pupils care
about each other.’
‘Pupils are extremely polite, friendly and welcoming. Their behaviour is exemplary,
because they know that adults have high expectations of them. As a result, there is
a purposeful atmosphere throughout the school and pupils settle to work quickly.’
Thank you to all the parents who completed the online survey. You were overwhelmingly supportive of the school.
‘The overwhelming majority of parents highly praise the friendly and dedicated staff.
They typically comment that, ‘This is a wonderful, warm school with a nurturing
environment’ and ‘I would highly recommend this brilliant village school to anyone.’’
The results of this can be viewed on Ofsted’s parentview – https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/parent-view-results/survey/result/19694/current
At the end of the letter the Inspector has confirmed the next steps the school should take to improve outcomes for the pupils. Challenging our higher achievers is something we are already working on and is part of our School Improvement Action Plan. In addition, we are working alongside our partner schools in the Emmanuel Collaboration on this aspect.
May I take this opportunity to thank our whole school community for their support. The school staff and governors work exceptionally hard and are well deserving of the positive comments within the inspectors letter. Thank you to our families for their support and finally thank you to our amazing pupils who have, once again, made us so proud.