School was last inspected during 14 – 15 January 2020. The Inspection report recognises that our school provides an acceptable standard of education but that there areas in which we can improve.

The report recognises many positive strengths of the school:

  • Pupils at St Barnabas are polite & welcoming.
  • They promote the school’s values through their positive behaviours in lessons & breaktimes.
  • Pupils support and care for one another. This means that bullying is rare.
  • The school is a specialist centre for the use of technology. Pupils use a wide range of technology to support their learning.
  • Pupils have a strong understanding of how to use this technology safely.
  • The Early Years provision is very effective. Staff and children develop warm & supportive relationships and because of this, children are confident and not afraid to tackle the challenges of the ambitious & well sequenced Early Years curriculum.
  • Pupils have a range of opportunities to develop their musical & sporting talents.
  • The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. All staff take safeguarding seriously.

The Inspection team made several recommendations so that we can improve the quality of education:

  • Ensure that the teaching of phonics is consistent across Key Stage 1.
  • Subject leaders must monitor the delivery of their subject areas in all Key Stages.
  • Leaders should provide additional training so that all staff can plan effectively to ensure that all SEND pupils make good progress.
  • Ensure that the PSHE curriculum is planned coherently across the school.
  • To better prepare our pupils for their next steps of their education and life in modern Britain, ensuring that pupils have a wider understanding of other cultures & faiths and how to protect themselves when not in school.
  • The Early Years provision is very effective. Staff and children develop warm & supportive relationships and because of this, children are confident and not afraid to tackle the challenges of the ambitious & well sequenced Early Years curriculum.
  • Pupils have a range of opportunities to develop their musical & sporting talents.
  • The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. All staff take safeguarding seriously.