|Name||Gloucester Road Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||04 July 2017|
|Address||Gloucester Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 8PB|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||197 (55% boys 45% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||16.6|
|Percentage Free School Meals||20.3%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||29.9%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||21.3%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||Yes|
Information about this school
The school is a smaller than average-sized, local authority maintained school. Two fifths of the pupils are known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is well above average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is above average. A third of the pupils speak English as an additional language, which is well above average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is well above average. The proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is also well above the national average. The proportion of children entering or leaving the school at other than the normal times is well above the national average. The Nursery is now managed by the governing body. The headteacher has joined the school since the last inspection. The school met the government’s floor standards in 2016, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school This school is typified by a deeply inclusive culture that welcomes all through its doors and ensures that all succeed. The headteacher has a deep commitment to the best interests of the pupils and has extremely high aspirations for their success. These aspirations are shared by all staff and governors. There is a strong culture of safeguarding throughout the school. Leaders and staff are vigilant and tenacious in ensuring that pupils are kept safe. Governors are highly effective. They have a strong strategic vision and high ambition for the school. They rigorously monitor school development plans and manage finances well. Leaders throughout the school are knowledgeable and committed. They have a very accurate understanding of the strengths of the school and act quickly to address any areas for development. Training and development have been made a priority and this has created a skilled and enthusiastic staff body. Teachers plan interesting and exciting activities that enable pupils to succeed. They assess pupils’ learning carefully and adapt activities to ensure further success. Pupils learn exceptionally well. The progress that they make in English and mathematics is well above that of similar pupils nationally. Attainment is rising across the board. All groups of pupils achieve well. The curriculum is highly engaging and meets the needs of pupils extremely well. Pupils’ experiences are enriched through a wide range of clubs and visits. Behaviour is exemplary. Pupils love coming to school and are excited and enthused by the lessons. They are polite, full of respect and look after each other well. Bullying is extremely rare and dealt with effectively and quickly if it occurs. Pupils’ welfare is promoted strongly. They have helped to improve school nutrition and eagerly participate in sporting activities. Pupils are taught how to keep safe. The school has recently taken over the Nursery and has acted quickly to make improvements. Provision is now better planned so that learning and development continue well from the Nursery. Further challenge to reach the highest standard is now being introduced. As a result, children receive a very strong foundation to their learning in the Nursery and Reception.