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Gaywood Primary School

Praise for rich educational experience and joyful community spirit

Our school has been praised by school inspectors for providing a “rich educational experience” for pupils.

The Ofsted inspection of Gaywood also highlighted the school’s strong community, noting ‘joyfully singing together’ in assemblies and how pupils behave well and respect each other. 

Pupil’s learning in each class is interesting and carefully planned, to ensure they cover a broad range of topics in each subject, the report said.

This is enhanced by wider opportunities, such as sports clubs and music tuition, it added.

The report said: “[Pupils] enjoy playtimes, using the wide range of equipment on offer. They are kind to each other and help others solve minor disputes. 

“Pupils take a range of leadership roles in the school, such as ‘junior leader’, being members of the school council or ‘science ambassador’.”

The inspection was carried out by Ofsted on Oct 6 and 7.

The school’s performance was rated as good in all categories, including quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and early years provision.

There is a “comprehensively planned curriculum” which prioritises key knowledge and vocabulary, and the standard of what is expected of pupils is high.

In subjects such as English and maths, the inspectors said teachers “skilfully build” on pupils’ learning “day-on-day” and “week-on-week”.

A focus on reading skills was also praised with early reading taught well and older pupils enjoying choosing books from a well-stocked library and bookshelves in classes, with investment made to ensure the cultural diversity of material.

The inspectors noted provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is “strong”, with staff well trained to meet the needs of pupils and support is planned carefully around individuals.

“Pupils behave well. They are attentive and work hard,” the report added.

“School staff use consistent approaches to managing behaviour through the school, which means pupils are clear about the expectations. 

“Pupils learn about other cultures and ways of life. They are positive about getting to know others who are different to themselves. 

“Regular assemblies celebrate people from around the world who are famous for standing up for what is right. The ethos of the school encourages respect for each other.”

Headteacher Neil Mindham said: “I am extremely pleased that the Ofsted inspectors acknowledge our school is a strong community and that children have a rich educational experience at Gaywood Primary. 

“We hope that staff, parents/carers and pupils alike will feel immense pride in the many positives about our school which have been highlighted in the report.

“We look forward to continuing to provide a warm, friendly, atmosphere in a safe, caring environment where children will be happy and successful.”

West Norfolk Academies Trust chairman Roger Livesey said: “The West Norfolk Academies Trust is delighted at the findings of this Ofsted report, which highlights the strong community spirit and rich educational experience at the school.

“Mr Mindham and his staff have worked tirelessly to bring about this result, with the support of governors and parents. 

“Pupils, parents, staff and governors can be proud to be a part of such a school.”