Ofsted praise for Barmby on the Marsh Primary

September 27, 2023

Barmby on the Marsh Primary School continues to be a “good” school according to a recent report by Ofsted.

The school’s inspection, which was taken on June 28 of this year, highlighted the school’s leaders, its staff, pupils and curriculum in a report, published on Thursday, September 14. The report said: “The school is at the heart of village life. “Parents and pupils are highly positive about the school, and rightly so. “Pupils show care and respect for each other and staff have set high expectations.”

The inspector further praised the school’s curriculum, which was said to be “broken down into small steps”, across many subjects. An example was given in the report, which said: “Children in the early years learn about habitats and conditions for plant growth. “Teachers are clear about what to teach and in what order to teach this knowledge. They explain complex ideas to pupils in clear and accessible ways.” Reading was also noted to be a priority for leaders at the school, and a phonic scheme was said to have greatly improved the children’s reading skills. The inspector added that staff were becoming “experts” in delivering the programme and received ongoing training and support from leaders. However, the report did find that some pupils were not getting the prompt start and precise teaching that they need to help them catch up quickly to their peers. Despite this, extra sessions were put on during the day for pupils in need. The inspector acknowledged the great extracurricular learning and activities put on by those at the school.

The report explained: “Leaders ensure that pupils learn about different faiths. “For example, pupils can explain what a humanist is and how this differs from other beliefs.” The inspector said that the children greatly enjoyed the challenge of youth engagement projects, such as Humberside Police’s ‘Lifestyle Awards’ and the ‘Capable Kids’ award. These opportunities also extended to work with an engineering company by the school, with talks to students helping to promote interest in careers in engineering. Students with special educational needs and/or disabilities were also noted to be supported, with staff coached on how to adapt their teaching techniques. Staff told the inspector that they felt supported in their role and were able to manage their workload well. The inspector added: “Parents are very supportive of the improvements that are being made at the school. “They explain the positive impact that this is having on their children.” The school’s headteacher, Claire Hitchen said: “We are extremely pleased with our recent Ofsted report and the outcome that we continue to be judged as a ‘good’ school. “We pulled together as a whole-school community and showed how wonderful ‘Team Barmby’ is. “I feel immensely proud, and lucky, to be part of such a supportive community of governors, staff, parents and children. “The inspectors were amazed by the positive responses recorded on the ParentView survey, and the supportive and heart-felt comments submitted by parents. “They were also impressed by the fantastic behaviour, attitudes and hard work our children demonstrated when they met with the inspectors and spoke about what it feels like to be part of our school and why we are all proud of all that we do and represent.”

Barmby on the Marsh Primary School students proudly celebrated their excellent Ofsted results. (21-09-224 SU)

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