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.
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
- 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
Barlow Hall Primary School Attainment and Progress 2018.
There is an expectation of knowledge, understanding and skills within the primary curriculum. The assessment points during primary school are:
At the end of reception (aged 5)
At the end of Key Stage 1 (aged 7)
At the end of Key Stag 2 (aged 11)
The children are awarded the following standards:
Working below the expected standard
Working at the expected standard
Working above the expected standard, sometimes known as greater depth.
At the end of reception, there is a measure of ‘Good Level of Development (GLD). Children achieve a Good Level of Development if they are working at (or above) expected standards in the following key areas: personal social and emotional development (PSE) literacy, maths, physical development, communication and language.
In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2:
Children in year 2 and year 6 are assessed by national tests during a week in May in reading and maths and assessed by the teachers in writing. For children in year 1 there is also a phonics screen, a measure of children being able to use letters and sounds in reading.
From the assessments schools attainment and progress is measured at the end of KS2. This is a DFE measure of what is added by schools from the end of KS1. Anything above 0 represents progress above expected.
Please see the tabs on the right for our schools performance data.
The following link may help parents to understand the assessment process in primary schools:
Information for parents for KS1 and KS2 SATs
The following link to the performance tables for 2018 compares our schools data with other schools. Performance tables for 2019 will be published by the DfE on 12th December 2019 and will be found on our website at this time.