Gawber Primary School


Name Gawber Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 20 February 2013
Address Church Street, Gawber, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 2RJ
Phone Number 01226289728
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 213 (45% boys 55% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.7
Local Authority Barnsley
Percentage Free School Meals 0.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.6%

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported by school action is lower than average. The number supported by school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is above average. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and supported by the pupil premium funding is below average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is also below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress. The headteacher is a Local Leader in Education and Gawber Primary School staff provide support, guidance and training for other schools within the local authority.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Since the time of the last inspection the school has gone from strength to strength. Parents support the pupils’ views that ‘the school keeps getting better every year’. Achievement is outstanding and all pupils, regardless of their background, age or ability, flourish in this exceptionally caring school. From starting points that are generally well below those typically expected, pupils leave Year 6 having attained above the national average in reading, and well above the national average in writing and mathematics. This represents outstanding progress. Teaching is typically outstanding and never less than good. The overwhelming majority of lessons are characterised by excellent relationships, carefully planned activities to meet the needs and interests of pupils, and very well-deployed support staff. Teachers’ subject knowledge is outstanding and their assessment of pupils’ individual needs is excellent. This allows lessons to move along at a fast pace. Teachers know how to make learning fun, relevant and exciting. This captures pupils’ imagination and fosters a love of learning. Pupils behave exceptionally well and are respectful towards one another as well as to their teachers. Their very positive attitudes to learning are a significant factor in the excellent progress made in lessons. Pupils are really proud of their school and as a result attendance is above average. The vast majority of pupils arrive for school on time, but not all. A small number regularly arrive late and are not fully benefiting from what this outstanding school has to offer. The headteacher has a very clear vision and understands what an outstanding school looks like. The relentless drive to improve the quality of teaching from the time of the last inspection has been very effective. The experienced deputy headteacher together with all staff share the ambition that this school can become better still. All staff work exceptionally well to ensure pupils achieve their best. A well-trained, experienced and highly effective governing body carries out its duties to ensure that pupils are always improving on their previous best. Governors have already planned what steps to take so that punctuality is good for all pupils. These actions now require careful monitoring to ensure their success. The local authority uses the school as a model of best practice when supporting other schools to improve their teaching and learning.