Gatten and Lake Primary School


Name Gatten and Lake Primary School
Website http://www.gattenandlake.wordpress.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 05 June 2013
Address Oaklyn Gardens, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, PO37 7DG
Phone Number 01983869910
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 204 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.8
Percentage Free School Meals 16.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.9%

Information about this school

When Gatten and Lake Primary School was inspected in February 2012, it was judged to require special measures. The school was subsequently visited on three occasions by one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors. At its last monitoring inspection, the school was judged to be making good progress. The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. An above-average proportion of pupils are eligible for the pupil premium; these pupils receive this funding because they are eligible for free school meals, looked after by the local authority or or are from service families. The government provides additional funding to support these pupils because they are at particular risk of underachieving. A below-average proportion of pupils are from minority ethnic groups; few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportions of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs are broadly average. This includes those supported at school action, and at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. More pupils than usual join the school after the start of the Reception Year or leave before the end of Year 6. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The governing body’s powers (called its delegated powers) were suspended when the school was placed in special measures. These powers were returned in January 2013 and a new governing body was constituted. In September 2013, the school is due to move into a new purpose-built site approximately half- a-mile away.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school has changed enormously in the past year. All aspects of its work have improved. The school’s rapid improvement is the result of the headteacher’s very high expectations, strong leadership and clear direction. She has also built the skills and confidence of other leaders. Improving teaching has, rightly, been the top priority for senior leaders and members of the governing body. Teachers have been expected to teach well and helped to do so. Teaching is now typically good. The school has not just focused on English and mathematics. Pupils are also taught well in other subjects. Pupils make good progress. Most are working at levels close to those typically seen in most schools. Pupils in Year 6 lost ground when they were younger, but they are now catching up quickly. Behaviour has also improved. Classrooms are calm and very purposeful. Pupils feel safe, are polite and friendly. Pupils’ attitudes to learning are a significant strength. They enjoy school. Pupils work very well on their own, and with each other, and are able to concentrate for long periods of time. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching in a few lessons is less effective. There is little outstanding teaching. Attendance is below average. This is mainly because some parents and carers take their children on holiday during term time.