Gorsewood Primary School


Name Gorsewood Primary School
Website http://www.gorsewood.halton.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 April 2014
Address Gorsewood Road, Murdishaw, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 6ES
Phone Number 01928712100
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 190 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.3
Percentage Free School Meals 52.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.7%

Information about this school

This school is smaller than the average-sized primary school Almost all pupils are White British. No pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be supported by the pupil premium funding is well-above average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. In 2013, the school met the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupil’s attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. There have been significant changes in staffing since the last inspection and a new leadership team was established in January 2014. The school offers breakfast and after-school clubs every day.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Pupils achieve well. They make at least good progress across the school. By the end of Year 6, standards in English and mathematics reach and sometimes exceed the national average. All groups of pupils achieve well because : teaching is good and, at times, it is outstanding. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage get off to a good start in their learning. Pupils and parents agree that the school is welcoming and caring. Pupils’ behaviour is good and they have positive attitudes to learning. Attendance is consistently above average. The curriculum is well planned. The school provides a good range of activities, clubs and visits. These offer pupils exciting experiences outside the classroom and support pupils’ learning. The highly effective headteacher, governors and other senior leaders work well together for the benefit of all the pupils. Their view of how well the school is doing is accurate and they have a good grasp of how to further improve teaching and pupils’ achievement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils do not yet make excellent progress because the quality of teaching is not outstanding. In some lessons, not enough is expected of pupils and so they do not do as well as they could. Marking is not always used well enough to help pupils to improve their work.