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Northbury Primary School is larger than most primary schools with a capacity of 918 pupils. The large Victorian building has been extended to provide additional classrooms, administrative areas, a dining hall and a car park. The infant and junior schools merged to form Northbury Primary School on 01/01/14.


Northbury Primary School is located in Abbey Ward, an area of deprivation (0.49 deprivation indicator - twice the national average) close to Barking Town Centre. Abbey Ward has a high percentage of overcrowded households (34% - more than twice the national average) and an ethnic minority population of 59.3% (national average 23.5%).

35% (25% nationally) of our pupils are counted as free school meals and this reflects the deprived home circumstances of the families attending our school. 10% of pupils are on the SEN register.


85% of the pupils' first language is not English (20% nationally), with 96% of the pupils belonging to minority ethnic groups (32% nationally). Our main ethnic groups are Black African (27%), Asian Pakistani (21%), Asian Bangladeshi (13%) and White Other (10%). 4% is White British. Our main first languages are English (15%), Urdu (16%), Swahili (11%) and Bengali (9%). In total, there are over 40 languages spoken by the pupils.

The main religious groups are Muslims (60%) and Christians (30%).


The school holds the Gold Healthy Schools Award, the Gold Sustainable Travel Award, the Gold Primary Science Quality Mark, the Silver Food for Life Award, the Bronze Eco-schools Award, the Bronze School Games Mark and the DCSF International School Award.