Gawsworth Primary School

Name Gawsworth Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 31 January 2012
Address Longbutts Lane, Gawsworth, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9QU
Phone Number 01625426547
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 212 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.2
Academy Sponsor The Fallibroome Trust
Local Authority Cheshire East
Percentage Free School Meals 4.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.9%
Persisitent Absence 2.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Gawsworth is a smaller than average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage and the percentage of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well below the national average. The percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is well below the national average. The proportion of pupils who are disabled and those who have special educational needs, including those with a statement of special educational needs is below the national average. The school meets the current floor standard. The school has links with a special school from which pupils attend on a placement basis. The school has gained Inclusion Quality Mark, Healthy School status, Active School award, Artsmark and an Eco School silver award. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Key Findings

This is a good school that continues to provide good quality education for its pupils. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary both in lessons and around school. They are unfailingly polite and courteous to adults, each other and visitors. They show excellent attitudes to learning and collaborate exceptionally well. Parents and carers are highly positive about behaviour and safety. Children get off to a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage, entering with skills which are broadly those expected for their age and making good progress during the Reception Year. Pupils achieve well throughout Key Stages 1 and 2, generally reaching above average attainment. Reading is a strength throughout the school. Pupils who have special educational needs and those who are disabled achieve well given their starting points. Achievement in mathematics is not as strong as it is in English. Teaching is consistently of good or better quality. Lessons, including those in the Reception class, are well organised, have good pace and activities motivate and engage the pupils well. Positive attitudes to learning that are evident throughout the school are established early. Teaching assistants provide effective support for pupils who have special educational needs and those who are disabled. Lessons are carefully planned and pupils’ progress is regularly assessed but there is inconsistency in the evaluation of progress in mathematics and the subsequent impact on pupils’ next steps. Leadership and management are of a good quality and leaders adopt a collaborative approach to continuous school improvement, providing a highly supportive environment for learning. Members of the governing body are well informed about the school’s strengths and areas for improvement. Partnerships enhance the quality of provision. Although the school monitors pupils’ progress thoroughly overall, there is not always sufficient focus on monitoring and evaluating teachers’ marking and their use of the next steps in learning in mathematics.