Downs Barn School


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69 Downs Barns Boulevard
Downs Barn
69 Downs Barn Boulevard
Milton Keynes
MK14 7NA
3 - 7
Community school
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Downs Barn School is an infant school that shares a governing body with a local junior school under the Boulevard Primary Partnership. The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The school has undergone a change in leadership since the previous inspection, and a new headteacher was appointed in September 2017. The early years setting incorporates a Nursery for three- to four-year-old children, and a Reception class for four- and five-year-old children. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is similar to the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is significantly above the national average. The school provides a childcare breakfast club and after-school club on its site. Inspection report: Downs Barn School, 10–11 July 2018 Page 8 of 10 Information about this inspection The inspector observed pupils learning in all classes across a range of subjects. All sessions were observed jointly with the headteacher. The inspector looked at the quality of pupils’ work during lessons and through a focused analysis of work in books. The inspector held meetings with the headteacher, middle leaders, the designated safeguarding leads, staff, governors and a representative from the local authority. A wide range of documentation was reviewed, including information available on the school’s website, policies, risk assessments and records relating to pupils’ attainment, progress, attendance and behaviour. Information on governance, including minutes of the governing body, was examined. The school’s self-evaluation summary, school development plan and supporting evidence were also scrutinised. The inspector spoke with parents during the inspection and considered the 13 responses to Parent View, Ofsted’s online parent survey, including 10 free-text comments. The inspector took into account the views of the 19 staff who completed Ofsted’s online survey. The inspector listened to pupils read, met formally with groups of pupils, and also spoke with pupils in lessons and around the school. Pupils’ behaviour was observed during lessons, around the school, during breakfast club and during playtimes and lunchtimes. The inspector reviewed safeguarding records and the central record of recruitment checks on staff. Inspection team Leah Goulding, lead inspector Ofsted Inspector Inspection report: Downs Barn School, 10–11 July 2018 Page 9 of 10 Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance ‘Raising concerns and making a complaint about Ofsted’, which is available from Ofsted’s website: If you would like Ofsted to send you a copy of the guidance, please telephone 0300 123 4234, or email [email protected]

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