Gamston CofE (Aided) Primary School


Name Gamston CofE (Aided) Primary School
Website http://www.gamstonschool.com/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 22 March 2016
Address Gamston, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 0PE
Phone Number 01777838631
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 99 (57% boys 43% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.5
Percentage Free School Meals 3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 12.1%

Information about this school

This is a smaller-than-average-sized primary school. There are three classes in the school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well below the national figure. This additional government funding is for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those looked after by the local authority. The majority of pupils are from a White British background. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is broadly average. There have been a number of staff changes in recent years. The school meets the government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. In the early years, children attend part time in the Nursery and full time in Reception.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The school has greatly improved since the previous inspection due to more effective leadership by the headteacher and other senior leaders. As a result, pupil outcomes have improved. Governors are effective at holding the school to account. They closely monitor all aspects of the school’s work, always having the interests of the pupils at heart. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics throughout the school. Pupils get off to a good start in the early years and are well prepared for transition into Year 1. The school is very inclusive. It is welcoming and friendly. Pupils and parents express their joy at being a part of it. Better teaching has improved pupils’ achievement in all areas. Assessments are much more frequent and teachers move their pupils on at a quick pace throughout the year. Most pupils behave well. They are polite, kind towards each other and work collaboratively in lessons. They rightly feel safe and secure in school. The school provides good opportunities for pupils to learn about British values. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not all of the many improvements that have been made since the last inspection have yet become fully secure. For example, middle leaders need to take a fuller part in monitoring and evaluating their areas of responsibility. On occasions, teachers do not accelerate learning during lessons. This includes ensuring that pupils fully understand what it is they are learning and how they are going to achieve it. Staff are not yet fully conversant with the school’s new assessment system. It is not giving them the information they need to track pupils’ progress effectively so that they can inform parents exactly which stage their children have reached in their learning.