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Ofsted Report

Livingstone Primary and Nursery School

Baring Road, New Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN4 9BU
Inspection dates 27–28 February 2014

Overall effectiveness

Previous inspection: Satisfactory 3

This inspection: Good 2
Achievement of pupils Good 2
Quality of teaching Good 2
Behaviour and safety of pupils Good 2
Leadership and management Good 2


Summary of key findings for parents and pupils. This is a good school.

The headteacher has ensured that all staff share her considerable and relentless ambition to improve the school. Governors, leaders and managers have been successful in driving improvements in teaching and 
pupils’ achievement since the previous inspection.

Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are making outstanding progress in their listening, language and communication skills because they are taught extremely well.

Pupils who speak English as an additional language are making exceptional progress.


Teaching in the ‘resource provision’ is good. Pupils on the autistic spectrum are developing good personal and social skills which are preparing them well for their next steps in education.

Pupils’ progress has improved rapidly in reading and mathematics. As a result, their attainment is broadly average by the end of Year 6, which represents good achievement from low starting points.


Additional adults make a strong contribution to the good progress of all groups of pupils, including those with special education needs and those eligible for the pupil premium funding. 

Teaching has been increasingly effective over time and is responsible for rapid improvements in pupils’ progress.


Pupils’ social, moral, cultural and spiritual development underpins the good attitudes and behaviour of pupils in their lessons and around the school. This is a strength of the school. As a result, pupils say they feel safe.

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