Ofsted & Performance Data

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. This body reports directly to Parliament and they are independent and impartial. One of the duties of Ofsted is to inspect schools. Inspections are usually once every four years and schools are telephoned the day before an inspection takes place. Barlow Hall’s last inspection was a Section 8 inspection in January 2020.

 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 visit lessons and examine the way lessons are planned, and speak to staff and children, among other things. A Section 8 inspection is a ‘health check’ for good schools and is not a full Section 5 inspection.

The key findings of this inspection validated our 2012 inspection as a ‘good’ school with outstanding behaviour and leadership & management.

Please click on the download link below to access our full inspection report or click here.

Performance Data

There are several national attainment measures that take place across the primary ages:

  • At the end of the reception year, where children achieve a good level of development (GLD)
  • At the end of Year 1, where children are tested on their phonics (early reading).
  • At the end of Year 4, where children have a multiplication tables check.
  • At the end of primary school, in Year 6, where children take standardised assessment tests, (SATs) in reading, maths and grammar, punctuation and spelling as well as a teacher assessment in writing.

Please see below for Barlow Hall’s Performance Data for 2023

Please click the download link below to see Barlow Hall’s Performance data for 2023

The following link may help parents to understand the assessment process in primary schools:

Information for parents for KS1 and KS2 SATs.