|Name||Gorse Hill Primary School Closed|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||26 September 2012|
|Address||Avening Street, Gorse Hill, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 8BZ|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||468|
Information about this school
Gorse Hill Primary is a larger than average-sized primary school that includes a large Nursery. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is close to the national average. The proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium support (additional money allocated to schools by the government) is average. Above-average proportions of pupils are from minority ethnic groups and speak English as an additional language. The numbers are rising. The proportions of pupils supported through school action, school action plus and with a statement of special educational needs are above average. The school was created by combining the local infant and junior school in September 2011. It converted to become an academy in April 2012. The school has close links with a children’s centre, with which it shares a site but which is inspected separately. As a new school there is no national assessment information to compare performance to the current government floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school Pupils enjoy school and make good progress in developing important skills in English and mathematics. From below expected starting points when they start at the school, pupils are achieving well and reach nationally expected levels of attainment by the end of Year 6. Pupils value their education, show respect for their teachers and generally behave well. They have a good grasp of how to stay safe both in and out of school. Teaching is good and some is outstanding. Teachers show good subject knowledge and most lessons are carefully planned so that pupils are able to succeed. Leaders, managers and governors work together harmoniously and have quickly established a positive ethos in this new school. Effective monitoring of teaching and learning and rigorous planning promote improving progress and have enabled the school to develop securely and rapidly. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There are inconsistencies in teaching, especially in Years 3 and 4, and not enough outstanding lessons to ensure pupils make outstanding overall progress. The curriculum does not include enough opportunities for pupils to develop and practise skills in reading, writing, communication and numeracy across all subjects.