Barnes Primary School – General Information
Barnes Primary School is a happy, highly successful two form entry community school with a large, attached nursery. It is situated in an attractive area, close to Richmond Park and is easily accessible by road, rail or bus. The buildings are just fourteen years old and they offer outstanding accommodation. Classrooms are bright and well furnished. There are two spacious halls, a music room, an art studio, two libraries, additional shared learning areas and two computer suites. We also have a forest school environment that enables more outdoor learning for our youngest pupils. The school is very well resourced. All classes have an interactive whiteboard and a visualiser. Teachers have a laptop and an ipad. In addition, there is a wide and ever growing selection of high quality learning resources.
There are 448 pupils on the main school roll, plus 73 part-time nursery pupils. The school is very popular with parents. This is reflected in the extremely high number of applications for a place in one of our reception classes (360 applications for 60 places for September 2017). Findings from the regular questionnaires sent to all parents are consistently extremely positive.
In total, 29% of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds. In addition, 12% of pupils speak English as an additional language. One of the strengths of the school is the very good behaviour of our pupils and the excellent relationships that exist throughout our community. As a result, it is a calm, secure environment where purposeful learning occurs. Teachers can focus their attention on pupils’ learning and do not have to constantly deal with behaviour issues.
The school received an outstanding inspection report when Ofsted last visited in June 2008: ‘Barnes Primary School provides an outstanding education for all of its pupils. Parents are exceptionally pleased with the school.’ We believe that we are much better school now than we were then. Academic standards are very high. In November 2016 the school was placed 3rd nationally in a Sunday Times three year average measure of high pupil performance.
Our curriculum is broad, vibrant and dynamic. A number of exciting theme events are held every year, such as our Arts Week, our Solve a Problem Week (Design and Technology) and our On Camera film making initiative. These inspire the children and result in highly creative outcomes. The current Headteacher was appointed in January 2006. He and his talented staff team are committed to achieving high academic standards through offering a rich, varied and exciting curriculum. Teachers continue to promote music, drama, the arts, healthy living and participation in a wide range of different sports. We also continue to make effective use of the many historical and cultural attractions London offers. Consequently pupils at Barnes learn outdoors; enjoy very good music provision; regularly take part in dramatic productions; play lots of sport; participate in a wide range of after school activities and go on many trips to places of interest. We want all of this to be enjoyable and foster successful and exciting learning, love and laughter. One of our school maxims is ‘Expect More’: everyone at our school has the highest expectations. Our school is also an ideal place for professionals to learn as we offer a highly evaluated multi-layered, continuing professional development programme to all staff members.