Barlow Hall’s progress Measures are:

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. This body reports directly to Parliament and they are are independent and impartial. One of the duties of Ofsted is to inspect schools. Inspections are usually once every three years and schools are telephoned the day before an inspection takes place. Barlow Hall’s last inspection was in November 2012.

 The inspection lasts no longer than two days. Inspectors look at the school's self-evaluation, consider the school's performance results, and examine the previous inspection report to prepare before the visit.

Once they are in the school, the inspectors sit in on lessons and examine the way lessons are planned, among other things. At the end of the inspection they report on our overall effectiveness, achievements and standards.

Ofsted report 

We were last inspected by Ofsted in November 2012.

The key findings of this inspection are detailed below. You can download the full report via the button on the right of this page.

  • Overall effectiveness - Good 
  • Achievement of pupils - Good 
  • Quality of teaching - Good 
  • Behaviour and safety of pupils - Outstanding 
  • Leadership and management - Outstanding 

Key findings

  • Pupils make good and sometimes outstanding progress. 
  • Teaching is good, with some outstanding practice. Effective teaching has brought about on-going improvements in pupils’ achievement since the time of the school’s previous inspection. 
  • The school provides well for pupils who speak English as an additional language, pupils who have special educational needs, including those in the school’s additional places for pupils with autism or language difficulties, and pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium funding. This enables the pupils in all of these groups to make good progress. 
  • Pupils from a wide range of backgrounds learn together happily. Pupils’ behaviour is excellent, they attend regularly and they feel very safe and secure in school. 
  • The headteacher is an inspirational leader. She is ably supported by a strong leadership team, by all of the staff and by knowledgeable and effective governors. 
  • Leaders keep a very systematic check on the impact and quality of teaching to ensure that pupils’ needs are met well. This is driving improvements forward vigorously and helping pupils to achieve increasingly well. 
  • Children make a good start to their education in the very well led Early Years Foundation Stage


Performance Data

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Key Stage Two

Children in Year 6  took part in the new testing and assessment arrangements.  Pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the new curriculum was assessed.  This curriculum provides greater challenge with higher expectations set for the end of KS2.  

The results of the SATs (tests) are reported using a scaled score, where a score of 100 represents the expected standard.  The highest possible score is 120 and the lowest is 80.   

Children are awarded one of the following Teacher Assessment judgments in writing:  

Expected Standard - Working at the expected standard for their age

Greater Depth - Working at greater depth within the expected standard and has a strong understanding of the curriculum 

Year 6 pupils were assessed in reading, writing, grammar, punctuation and spelling (SPAG) and Maths.  For further information, please see the Information for parents KS2 leaflet from the Standards and Testing Agency. 

Our results are, once again, extremely pleasing.  Barlow Hall pupils performed well above the national average in all subject areas.  Attainment was also above local authority averages in each area (with the exception of Greater Depth in writing).

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End of KS2 SATs results 2016 Barlow Hall’s Performance National Average
Reading – expected standard 93% 66%
Reading -Greater Depth 29% 19%
Reading - average scaled score 108 103
Writing - expected standard 89% 74%
Writing - greater depth 14% 15%
Writing - average Scaled Score Not Available Not Available
SPAG - expected standard 96% 72%
SPAG - greater depth 36% 23%
SPAG - average scaled score 108 104
Maths - expected standard 96% 70%
Maths - greater depth 36% 17%
Maths - average scaled score 108 103
Combined scores* - expected standard 86% 53%
Combined scores - greater depth 7% 5%

*Combined scores are children achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths. 


KS2 progress measures:

Department for education calculate progress measures using  a value-added measure from KS1 to KS2. This value added measure is worked out from the progress made since KS1.

  Barlow Hall's Progress Measures are:
Reading +5.1
Writing  +3.0
Maths +6.9


Interpreting Progress Scores

A score of 0 means  on average children do about as well at KS2 as those with similar prior attainment nationally. A positive score means on average children do better. A negative score means on average children are not doing so well.


Key Stage One

This is the first year of the new testing and assessment arrangements for Year 2.  These arrangements reflect the more challenging national curriculum which was introduced in 2014.  Therefore, results cannot be compared with previous years.  For more information please see the leaflet Information for parents from the Standards and Testing Agency.

At the end of KS1 (Yr2), teachers are required to assess each child in the areas of reading, writing and maths.  National Curriculum assessment tests are used to support teachers’ judgements.

Barlow Hall’s performance was above the national average in every subject. 

The system of national curriculum levels has been removed and the new measures are as follows:

Expected Standard – Working at the expected standard for a child at the end of Year 2

Greater Depth – Working at greater depth within the expected standard, with a strong understanding of the curriculum


End of KS1 SATs results 2016  Barlow Hall's Performance  National Average 
Reading - expected standard 85% 74%
Reading - greater strength 17% 24%
Writing - expected standard 81% 66%
Writing - greater depth 5% 13%
SPAG - expected standard 83% Not Available
SPAG - greater depth 5% Not Available
Maths - expected standard 85% 73%
Maths - greater depth 17% 18%
Combined scores* 78% Not Available Yet
Combined scores - greater depth 2% Not Available Yet

*Combined scores are children achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths


Early Years Foundation Stage

58% of pupils in Reception attained a Good Level of Development against the Early Years framework.  The national average is 69%. Although below national there has been significant progress for all pupils from their starting points.

A Good Level of Development is defined as children working at the expected standard or exceeding the expected standard in the key areas of literacy, maths, physical development, communication and language and personal, social and emotional development.


Year One Phonic Screening (Year 1)

81% of pupils in Year One attained the expected standard in the Phonic Screening test.   This is in line with national averages (81%).


Click here for Performance data and comparisons 2016/17 , further information to follow


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