Cawthorne Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

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About Cawthorne Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Name Cawthorne Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Adam Bramall
Address Taylor Hill, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4HB
Phone Number 01226790447
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary controlled school
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 163
Local Authority Barnsley
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

All pupils and staff are proud to be part of this school, and rightly so. The school has high expectations of all pupils. Pupils strive to live up to these expectations and achieve well.

Pupils here have a voice. They know that adults will listen to them. The school involves pupils in decisions that affect them.

This empowers pupils. For example, pupils reshaped the behaviour policy. As a result, behaviour is exemplary because pupils have ownership of it.

Highly positive relationships exist between pupils, staff and parents. Pupils enjoy coming to school. This is reflected in their high attendance.

There is a strong culture of safeguarding. Parents a...nd carers commonly describe the school as 'supportive', 'nurturing' and 'caring'.

The school is at the heart of the local community.

Pupils take part in local initiatives and events. For example, they design the Christmas card for the local church and have carried out speed checks outside the school gates. The school teaches pupils how to become responsible, active citizens.

There is a determination to create well-rounded pupils who are ready for the next stage of their education and life beyond school. Weekly assemblies celebrate pupils' achievements both inside and outside school.

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

The school's curriculum is broad and ambitious.

It takes account of the area that the school serves. All subjects are coherently planned and sequenced. Systems are in place to check what pupils know and remember.

Curriculum plans start from the early years. Here, children get off to a strong start. They enjoy carefully thought-out activities and positive interactions with adults.

Children play cooperatively with each other. They listen attentively during adult-led sessions, such as story time. Adults use appropriate questions to extend children's learning.

The school prioritises the teaching of reading. As a result, pupils quickly become competent, fluent readers. Children begin to learn phonics as soon as they start school.

Leaders quickly identify any pupils who do not keep up with the phonics programme. Pupils receive the support they need to catch up with their peers. Parents are actively encouraged to support their children with reading.

This is reflected in pupils' reading diaries, where there are many comments from home. A particular strength of the reading curriculum is the 'reading buddies' system. The school pairs older pupils with younger ones.

This is mutually beneficial. It enables older pupils to practise reading to an audience. Younger pupils can practise using their phonics knowledge.

Pupils' attitudes to learning are very positive. Most teachers choose resources that support learning well. For example, children in early years were using existing maps to help them to draw their own simple map.

However, in some subjects, the tasks that teachers give pupils do not enable them to meet the aims and ambition of the curriculum. This means that pupils do not learn the key curriculum knowledge. Where tasks are not well matched, pupils find it more difficult to talk about their learning.

The environment in school is calm and orderly. Classrooms are free from disruption. Teachers make appropriate adaptations for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

The school trains staff in how to cater for different needs, including social, emotional and mental health needs and speech and language difficulties. The school quickly identifies children in the early years with potential SEND.

Pupils' personal development is central to everything that the school does.

Through collective worship, pupils learn about character traits such as resilience and confidence. The impact of this can be seen in the articulate way that pupils can talk about their school. Pupils can develop their talents and interests through extra-curricular activities.

Some of these activities run at the request of pupils, for example the chess club. Pupils can follow 'pathways'. These enable them to develop their talents further outside school, for example by attending the local cricket club.

Pupils visit different places of worship. This helps them to develop their understanding and tolerance of different faiths. Pupils have a strong understanding of discrimination and why this is wrong.

They know how to lead safe, healthy lifestyles.

Leaders, including governors, have a clear vision for the school. There is a strong sense of collegiality and teamwork.

The well-being of both staff and pupils is a high priority for leaders. As a result, staff feel appreciated and are proud to work at the school. There are opportunities for staff to undertake training relevant to their roles.

Governors have a secure understanding of their roles and responsibilities. They carry these out effectively.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• There are inconsistencies in the implementation of the curriculums in some subjects. Sometimes, the tasks that teachers give pupils do not enable them to meet the aims and ambition of the curriculum. The school should ensure that staff are supported to give pupils tasks that are precisely matched to the key knowledge that they need to learn.

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