St Bartholomew's CofE Voluntary Controlled Primary School
Headteacher: Mrs P Gavin
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420 pupils capacity: 132% full
295 boys 53%
260 girls 47%
Last updated: July 4, 2014
Primary — Voluntary Controlled School
- Education phase
- Religious character
- Church of England
- Establishment type
- Voluntary Controlled School
- Establishment #
- OSGB coordinates
- Easting: 427340, Northing: 433135
- GPS coordinates
- Latitude: 53.794, Longitude: -1.5865
- Accepting pupils
- 3—11 years old
- Census date
- Jan. 16, 2014
- Ofsted last inspection
- Jan. 8, 2009
- Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales
- Region › Const. › Ward
- Yorkshire and the Humber › Leeds West › Armley
- Urban > 10k - less sparse
- Free school meals %
- St Bartholomew's CofE First School LS121SF
- Armley Middle School LS121SF
- 0.3 miles Five Lanes Primary School LS124NB (481 pupils)
- 0.3 miles Holy Family Catholic Primary School LS122LH (222 pupils)
- 0.3 miles Upper Wortley First School LS124LF
- 0.3 miles Holy Family RC First School LS122LH
- 0.3 miles Thornhill Middle School LS124LD
- 0.4 miles Castleton Primary School LS121JZ (270 pupils)
- 0.4 miles Armley First School LS122LY
- 0.4 miles Castleton Primary School LS121JZ
- 0.5 miles The Armley Park Centre LS122BB
- 0.5 miles Armley Primary School LS122AY (204 pupils)
- 0.5 miles Christ Church Upper Armley Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School LS123NU (183 pupils)
- 0.5 miles Armley Lodge School LS122BB
- 0.6 miles Christ Church CofE First School LS123NU
- 0.7 miles Whingate Primary School LS123DS (457 pupils)
- 0.7 miles Whingate First School LS123DS
- 0.7 miles West Leeds Pupil Referral Unit LS123DS
- 0.7 miles Swallow Hill Community College LS123DS
- 0.7 miles Swallow Hill Community College LS123DS (1055 pupils)
- 0.8 miles Lower Wortley Primary School LS124PX (354 pupils)
- 0.8 miles Wortley High School LS124RB
- 0.8 miles West Leeds High School LS123DT
- 0.8 miles Newcliff House School LS124PF
Ofsted report transcript
St Bartholomew's CofE Voluntary
Controlled Primary School
108005Unique Reference Number
8 January 2009Inspection date
Robert RobinsonReporting inspector
This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.
The registered childcare, managed by the governing body, was inspected under section 49 of the Childcare Act
PrimaryType of school
Voluntary controlledSchool category
3–11Age range of pupils
MixedGender of pupils
Number on roll
0Government funded early education
provision for children aged 3 to the end
of the EYFS
0Childcare provision for children aged 0
to 3 years
The governing bodyAppropriate authority
Fr Ian WrightChair
28 June 2006Date of previous school inspection
Not previously inspectedDate of previous funded early education inspection
Not previously inspectedDate of previous childcare inspection
Strawberry LaneSchool address
8 January 2009Inspection date
0113 2639292Telephone number
0113 2638019Fax number
8 January 2009Inspection date
© Crown copyright 2009
This document may be reproduced in whole or in part for non-commercial educational purposes, provided that
the information quoted is reproduced without adaptation and the source and date of publication are stated.
Further copies of this report are obtainable from the school. Under the Education Act 2005, the school must
provide a copy of this report free of charge to certain categories of people. A charge not exceeding the full cost
of reproduction may be made for any other copies supplied.
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The inspection was carried out by two Additional Inspectors. The inspectors evaluated the
overall effectiveness of the school and the overall effectiveness of the Early Years Foundation
Stage (EYFS). The following issues were inspected: the standards and achievement of pupils;
the quality of teaching and learning; and the features of the leadership and management that
contribute to the success of the school. The inspectors gathered information from lesson
observations, examination of pupils' work, responses to parental questionnaires, interviews
with staff, pupils and governors and scrutiny of documents. Other aspects of the school's work
were not investigated in detail, but the inspectors found no evidence to suggest that the
school's own assessment, as given in its self-evaluation, were not justified, and these have
been included where appropriate in the report.
Description of the school
This is a large primary school which has increased in size substantially since the last inspection.
There is high social and economic hardship within the area it serves. Eligibility for free school
meals is well above average. Pupils come from a very broad range of ethnic backgrounds,
including from White British, Asian, Eastern European, Romany and Irish Travellers' backgrounds.
The proportion of pupils who are learning English as an additional language is high. A much
greater than average number of pupils leave and join the school each year. The proportion of
pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities is well above average. The school has gained
many awards, including Activemark, Basic Skills and Healthy Schools awards. It has accreditation
as an Investor in Diversity and an Investor in Pupils. The school has reached the Financial
Management Standard in Schools.
Key for inspection grades
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Overall effectiveness of the school
St Bartholomew's remains an outstanding school and has continued to improve since its last
inspection. The strengths in all aspects of its work provide it with exceptionally good capacity
to continue to improve. Pupils, including those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities
achieve highly. From a very low starting point they reach broadly average standards and some
gain above average standards by the end of Year 6. Not only do all groups of pupils make
exceptionally good academic progress, their personal development, including spiritual, moral,
social and cultural awareness is fostered superbly. The key strength of the school is the
outstanding leadership and management of the headteacher who is assisted most capably by
the governors, the deputy headteacher and all other staff.
Children get off to a flying start in the EYFS and pupils make good progress in Key Stage 1
from their individual starting points, even though standards are still below average at the end
of Year 2. Progress accelerates in Key Stage 2 and is outstanding. Standards by the end of Year
6 have been broadly average in English, mathematics and science. The 2008 tests standards,
confirmed by inspection findings, improved substantially. In each subject almost all pupils
reached the level expected nationally, Level 4, and a high proportion reached the higher Level
5 in reading and science. Overall, present standards are broadly average though the standard
of pupils' handwriting is not good enough. This adversely affects the presentation of their
work. All pupils from the wide range of ethnic groups and those learning English as an additional
language settle very well and make rapid progress. This reflects the school's outstanding
commitment to equality and the way it values and celebrates diversity.
The quality of teaching and learning is outstanding as is the curriculum. The consistency of
approach to teaching and learning combined with the strengths in the curriculum result in
pupils' learning being good or better throughout the school. There is great enjoyment in
learning. Relationships between pupils and between staff and pupils are harmonious. The school
cares for all its pupils exceptionally well. Members of staff check pupils' progress most carefully
in order to plan future learning to meet all pupils' needs precisely. A strong feature of the
teaching is the most efficient use of highly skilled and capable teaching assistants to teach
specific groups of pupils to push their learning on at a faster pace. Teachers manage pupils
very well resulting in pupils' exemplary behaviour and interest in learning. Lessons move at a
fast pace. Learning activities often involve practical and investigative work as well as
opportunities to work with partners. Teachers question pupils extremely well to check their
understanding. Resources, such as interactive whiteboards and computers, help pupils to
understand new learning and to consolidate their understanding. Visits and visitors are planned
very carefully to extend pupils' experiences as well as to add a purpose to learning. Very effective
marking clearly assists pupils to understand how well they have done and what they must do
Team work is a major strength of the school. All members of staff are actively involved in
planning the future direction of the school under the astute direction of a very effective and
well organised senior management team. Staff are encouraged to develop their expertise and
to increase their responsibilities for the management of the school. Innovative professional
development has resulted in remarkable consistency of good and better practice throughout
all aspects the school's work. The excellent way senior leaders and middle managers work in
partnership to check teachers' work helps teachers to develop their practice and is expanding
the management experience of middle leaders.
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Governance is now a particular strength of the school and has improved since the last inspection.
Governors are representative of the school community and most pupils' religious backgrounds.
They fulfil their responsibilities in respect of community cohesion admirably through very
effective links with the local community, the local church and mosque. They have an accurate
view of the school's strengths and assist the senior management team in leading school
improvement. The leadership has close links with external agencies and other schools. This
benefits both the pupils at this school and staff development in other schools. It is used to
pilot new initiatives, together with the local authority, such as supporting pupils who have been
excluded or at risk of being excluded from other schools. This project has been highly successful
as the school has a 'no exclusion' policy. These vulnerable pupils quickly settle into the school.
They become valued members of the school community and their interest in learning and
progress improves immensely. Arrangements for safeguarding meet government requirements.
Parents are very appreciative of the excellent academic and pastoral care provided for their
children. 'It is a wonderful school with a very nurturing environment' and 'St Bartholomew's is
a shining example to other schools, especially in areas where there is so much diversity and
cultural difference' are typical parental comments. The school has ensured that pupils are
provided with a very good understanding of major world faiths and arranges visits to local
churches, mosques and temples. Additionally, pupils have very good opportunities to extend
their international awareness. All this demonstrates the school's outstanding commitment to
Effectiveness of the Early Years Foundation Stage
Children have an outstanding start to schooling because the teaching and learning and the
leadership and management are highly effective. As a result children's achievement from a very
low starting point on entry to the Nursery to the end of Reception is first rate. Although
standards by the end of Reception are lower than those typically seen the children make fast
and often stunning progress during the time they are in the EYFS. The very calm working
atmosphere is assisted by very strong relationships between staff, children and parents. Individual
children's diverse needs are met through close attention to what they already know to assist
accurate planning of future learning. Children's learning experiences are exciting with a strong
and successful emphasis on developing personal, social and emotional development and
communication, language and literacy skills. The large proportion of children who are at an
early stage of learning English as an additional language make rapid progress in speaking and
understanding English because of excellent support from staff, including bilingual support
staff. All children, including those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, quickly gain in
confidence. Their personal, social and emotional development is first class and prepares them
very well for future learning. The welfare of all children is of paramount importance. Excellent
support is provided for all. Parent praise highly this aspect of the EYFS.
What the school should do to improve further
Improve the quality of pupils' handwriting and the presentation of their work.
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Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out
in the guidance 'Complaints about school inspection', which is available from Ofsted’s website:
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Key to judgements: grade 1 is outstanding, grade 2 good, grade 3 satisfactory, and
grade 4 inadequate
How effective,efficient and inclusive is the provision of
education,integrated care and any extended services in meeting the
needs of learners?
Effective steps have been taken to promote improvement since the last
How well does the school work in partnership with others to promote learners'
1The capacity to make any necessary improvements
Effectiveness of the Early Years Foundation Stage
How effective is the provision in meeting the needs of children in the
1How well do children in the EYFS achieve?
How good are the overall personal development and well-being of the children
in the EYFS?
1How effectively are children in the EYFS helped to learn and develop?
1How effectively is the welfare of children in the EYFS promoted?
1How effectively is provision in the EYFS led and managed?
Achievement and standards
1How well do learners achieve?
reached by learners
How well learners make progress, taking account of any significant variations
between groups of learners
1How well learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities make progress
Grade 1 - Exceptionally and consistently high; Grade 2 - Generally above average with none
significantly below average; Grade 3 - Broadly average to below average; Grade 4 - Exceptionally
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Personal development and well-being
How good are the overall personal development and well-being of the
1The extent of learners' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
1The extent to which learners adopt healthy lifestyles
1The extent to which learners adopt safe practices
1The extent to which learners enjoy their education
2The attendance of learners
1The behaviour of learners
1The extent to which learners make a positive contribution to the community
How well learners develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to
their future economic well-being
The quality of provision
How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of
How well do the curriculum and other activities meet the range of needs and
interests of learners?
1How well are learners cared for, guided and supported?
Leadership and management
How effective are leadership and management in raising achievement
and supporting all learners?
How effectively leaders and managers at all levels set clear direction leading
to improvement and promote high quality of care and education
1How effectively leaders and managers use challenging targets to raise standards
1The effectiveness of the school's self-evaluation
1How well equality of opportunity is promoted and discrimination eliminated
1How well does the school contribute to community cohesion?
How effectively and efficiently resources, including staff, are deployed to
achieve value for money
The extent to which governors and other supervisory boards discharge their
Do procedures for safeguarding learners meet current government
NoDoes this school require special measures?
NoDoes this school require a notice to improve?
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Text from letter to pupils explaining the findings of the inspection
The inspection team really enjoyed the day we spent with you. Your school provides you with
an outstanding education. This is because it is run superbly by the headteacher who is helped
extremely well by the other staff and governors. Your school knows what it needs to do to
maintain its great strengths and to improve even further.
You make fast progress in your learning because the teaching and the curriculum are first rate.
Lessons are planned most carefully to interest you and to move your learning on at a fast pace.
I was very impressed by your excellent behaviour. At all times you were polite and courteous.
You enjoy learning and appreciate all the school provides. You get on exceptionally well with
each other and the staff.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage the youngest children have an excellent start to schooling.
In Years 1 to 6 you progress extremely well and the standards reached by the time you leave
the school are similar to those of most other pupils of this age. I was impressed that in 2008
nearly all pupils in Year 6 reached Level 4 in English, mathematics and science. A high proportion
also reached Level 5 in reading and science. However, I did notice that your handwriting and
the presentation of your work were not good enough. I have asked the school to help you to
improve this aspect of your learning.
Parents are pleased with the education experiences you have at the school and the care provided
for you. I trust that you will continue to work with the staff and your headteacher to help them
to continue to improve the school. I wish you well for the future.
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