Awsworth Primary and Nursery School

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About Awsworth Primary and Nursery School

Name Awsworth Primary and Nursery School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Ben Painter
Address The Lane, Awsworth, Nottingham, NG16 2QS
Phone Number 01159321926
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 295
Local Authority Nottinghamshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

This is a school where the motto 'striving to achieve our BEST' is at the heart of everything. When pupils try their best, leaders and teachers celebrate their achievements through the popular 'BEST awards'.

Pupils' behaviour in and around school is impeccable.

Pupils are polite and courteous to each other, adults and visitors. Pupils told inspectors that they feel safe at school. They say that bullying is rare.

If bullying does occur, pupils say that adults will sort it out. Many parents, carers and staff agree.

Pupils are proud to make a positive contribution to the wider life of the school.

They readily take on important roles such as Rig...hts Respecting Ambassadors. School council representatives are unanimous in their view that leaders listen to their ideas and suggestions for making the school even better.

There is a range of clubs for pupils to join.

These activities help to build character and develop pupils' talents. Pupils enjoy football, gardening club and book club. Others love learning to play a musical instrument.

Pupils speak positively about visits to Matlock, Wales and Alton Towers. These activities are inclusive and accessible for all pupils.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders have rewritten the curriculum to ensure that it is ambitious for all pupils.

Leaders initially prioritised reading, mathematics and science. Across most subjects, they have set out the key knowledge and skills pupils should gain, and in what order. In some subjects, leaders have not identified the important knowledge well.

Many leaders are new to their roles. Some leaders have been able to check that the curriculum is being taught. However, some leaders have not carried out checks on how well pupils know and remember the knowledge in each subject.

Reading is prioritised in the school. Teachers make the daily class story times fun and exciting. Leaders have introduced a new approach to teaching early reading and phonics.

This approach starts in the early years. Teachers are gaining in confidence in implementing this new approach. Younger pupils begin to recognise initial sounds and explore how to form letters.

Older pupils apply their knowledge of sounds when reading unfamiliar words. Pupils read from books that match the sounds they know. However, there are some inconsistencies in the teaching of early reading.

This results in some teachers teaching misconceptions and pupils not always using their sounds to read unfamiliar words.

The order in which teachers teach different concepts in mathematics enables pupils to build on their prior knowledge year on year. Leaders have adapted their chosen scheme to meet pupils' needs.

Teachers' subject knowledge is strong. They use this to teach the knowledge they want pupils to know and to address any misconceptions pupils may have. Leaders use assessment well to check what pupils remember and can do in the different subjects.

In the early years, leaders have designed an ambitious curriculum which prepares children for next their stage of education. Children get off to a great start in early years. Routines are well established and children thrive.

Leaders have plans to address the outside learning spaces and introduce more outdoor play equipment so that children in the early years can improve their physical development.Leaders' approach to pupils' personal development is exemplary. Staff and pupils are proud of the school's work around UNICEF and links with schools in other countries.

Pupils learn about being respectful, resilient and caring. As one pupil said: 'It does not matter what colour your skin is or if you have a disability, everyone is welcome here!' Younger pupils enjoy learning about festivals. Older pupils learn about different cultures, such as in South America and Asia.

These learning experiences are enriched through food tasting, dressing-up days and listening to music from other countries.

Awsworth Primary is an inclusive school. Leaders and teachers consider the needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) when designing and teaching the curriculum.

Those with responsibility for governance fulfil their statutory duties around safeguarding and equalities. Members of the local governing body have a secure understanding of the school's strengths and what needs to improve. Governors support leaders in going above and beyond, so that pupils with a disability can access wider school life, such as residential visits.

Governors and leaders have considered staff workload when implementing change. Staff appreciate the fact that leaders consider their well-being.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders, staff and governors are committed to keeping pupils safe. Staff receive regular training related to safeguarding. They record and report their concerns straight away.

Safeguarding leaders promptly act on these concerns. They work with a range of agencies to help and support children and their families to secure positive outcomes.

Pupils told inspectors that they know how to keep themselves safe, such as when online.

They have a good understanding of healthy relationships. Pupils are clear about how to raise any concerns they have. They say adults help to keep them safe.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Leaders have planned a well sequenced and ambitious curriculum for all pupils. In some subjects, leaders have yet to refine the knowledge that they want pupils to know and remember. Leaders do not yet routinely check across all subjects that teachers are teaching the planned curriculum.

As a result, pupils do not routinely build their knowledge over time as well as they should in some subjects. Leaders should ensure that there is clarification around what knowledge pupils should learn and when in all subjects, so that pupils become secure in their understanding and are best prepared for their next steps. ? Leaders have implemented a new approach to the teaching of early reading.

There are some minor inconsistencies in the teaching of this. As a result, not all pupils use the sounds they know well enough to read unfamiliar words. Leaders should ensure that the new approach to teaching reading enables pupils to become fluent and confident readers as quickly as they should.

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