Carnarvon Primary School

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About Carnarvon Primary School

Name Carnarvon Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Andrew Board
Address Nursery Road, Bingham, Nottingham, NG13 8EH
Phone Number 01949838246
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 475
Local Authority Nottinghamshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

The school's motto 'work hard, be kind' is evident in the work of the school.

It influences all the school does. Pupils learn from an early age its significance. One pupil said: 'When you go into a classroom it brushes off on each other – it goes around the classroom until you have a nice, hard-working class.

Be kind covers everything.'

Ambitious leaders work hard to broaden pupils' horizons. Pupils learn to understand the world around them.

For instance, they learn about the influence of the slave trade 500 years ago on modern life. Pupils have many opportunities to experience a wide range of activities. They can take part in the orchestra, sing an...d perform within the local community and support the local council in decision-making.

One parent said: 'The staff are nurturing and caring, taking time over and above to value and develop the whole child emotionally, academically and socially.'

Pupils behave well in and around school. The school is a calm and ordered place.

Pupils respect each other and the importance of accepting, and embracing, difference. Pupils know that if bullying occurs, there is someone they can go to, and they will deal with it.

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

The school promotes reading from the moment pupils start.

In the early years foundation stage (EYFS), the 'super 6' helps children delve deeply into books. The recently introduced phonics scheme ensures pupils learn to read from a young age. Staff skilfully assess pupils' reading skills and provide tailored support.

Across the school, carefully chosen books help support learning in the wider curriculum. They broaden understanding of diversity and inclusion. The reading challenge further encourages pupils to read.

One pupil stated: 'Reading is my favourite thing.'

The school provides a broad and engaging curriculum. Knowledge is thoughtfully built upon over time and meaningful connections are made across subjects.

For instance, pupils develop an understanding that the bronze age in Britain occurred at a similar time to what we term in history as the period of ancient Greece. Pupils can recall what they have already been taught. Teachers present information in interesting ways which engage pupils.

In most subjects, assessment is used effectively to adapt future learning to suit the needs of all pupils.

Children in EYFS settle quickly and make a strong start to their education. One parent said: 'My child is absolutely thriving and has settled better than I could have imagined'.

The school's motto is introduced in EYFS, which ensures expectations are clear for parents and children. Children learn to work independently and get on well together. They behave well.

The curriculum is well thought through. Learning activities are carefully designed to develop children's understanding. Well-trained adults support and intervene where appropriate to guide learning.

Effective assessment systems enable teachers to identify when children fall behind. Activities are adapted to suit these children's needs.

Leaders are ambitious for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Leaders have refined systems for identifying needs and clear plans are produced to support pupils' development. Teachers use these plans to adapt learning opportunities so they can access the full curriculum. Where possible, external support is sought to further help these pupils.

Expectations for pupils' behaviour are high. The school is a calm and orderly place. Pupils can be singing and dancing one moment and calmly moving to their classroom the next.

Pupils are courteous and respectful to each other. One pupil said: 'Since EYFS, adults teach us how to be respectful. The higher up the school you go, the more used to it you become.'

There are many trained play leaders in Year 6. They teach younger pupils new games and help them get along with each other. Pupils enjoy coming to school.

They attend regularly.

Personal development is a strength. The school provides many opportunities for pupils to acquire knowledge and skills that go beyond the national curriculum.

Pupils can participate in a range of clubs from performing in a production to sewing, and from being in an orchestra to racing in cross-country. Pupils learn about the importance of fundamental British values and understand other people's points of view. They take responsibility for improving the school through the school council.

They are proud of obtaining a new trim trail and persuading leaders to change arrangements for lunchtime.

Senior leaders know their school well. The headteacher provides calm yet assured leadership.

Plans for improvement are clear and appropriate. Staff have appreciated the new curriculum teams which have helped to reduce workload. The teams share responsibilities within subjects.

However, in some subjects, there is a lack of strategic leadership. Leaders are not as crystal clear as they could be in the steps they would take to develop their subjects to the highest level.

Governors ensure they check the work of leaders regularly.

They challenge and support in equal measure.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

There is a strong culture of safeguarding within the school.

All staff are well trained and vigilant to signs of abuse. They use reporting systems to share their concerns, and these are regularly monitored. Leaders are tenacious in seeking the support their pupils and families need.

Thorough checks ensure only appropriate adults work in the school.

Pupils feel safe. They learn how to keep themselves safe online.

Adults deal with bullying should it occur.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Significant work has been undertaken to ensure a well sequenced curriculum is in place and key knowledge is identified. The development of subject leadership teams has helped with this.

However, in some subjects, there is a lack of strategic leadership. This means the focus on improvement is not sharp enough. Senior leaders should make sure that subject leaders have the time and expertise to provide a sharp focus on improving provision in their areas of responsibility.

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