Godwin Primary School

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About Godwin Primary School

Name Godwin Primary School
Website http://www.godwinprimary.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Julie Phillips
Address Finnymore Road, Dagenham, RM9 6JH
Phone Number 02082704150
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 455
Local Authority Barking and Dagenham
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Godwin Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Godwin is a caring and happy school, where all are determined to give every pupil the best possible start in life. We saw a real sense of belonging. Pupils, parents and carers, staff, and governors talk with pride about their experiences of the school.

The Godwin ethos of 'working together', putting the well-being of children at the heart of all the school does, is clear to all.

Pupils views are listened to and matter. Pupils said their voices are heard and acted on.

For example, pupils wanted an alternative to the outside play environment at lunchtime, and a warm, quiet pl...ace to read. Consequently, the school has recently opened 'Starbooks Reading Cafe' where they have a place to relax, read and enjoy talking about books during the lunchbreak.

Pupils know that staff believe in them and want them to do well.

They know what their teachers and other adults in the school expect of them. They behave very well and feel safe at the school. Pupils know all about the different types of bullying, and that it is not tolerated and why.

They say that bullying is rare and that, if it does happen, adults sort out the problem quickly and well.

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

Across all subject areas, from Nursery to Year 6, pupils experience new learning in a logical order. School leaders, governors and staff are ambitious for all pupils.

They have reviewed what is on offer. Leaders plan each subject to build on pupils' knowledge and skills well. Teachers plan learning which is accessible to all.

Disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are supported effectively and achieve well. The school has a much higher proportion of pupils who receive support for their SEND needs than seen nationally.

Many cultural experiences are on offer.

Every pupil learns an instrument in Year 5. Ballet classes, led by The Royal Ballet School, take place in Year 3. Planned cultural opportunities and visits are available to all.

Opportunities to learn about living in modern Britain are well taught, alongside community projects such as 'show racism the red card'. Pupils are taught well to think about the needs of others.

Leaders prioritise the teaching of reading.

Staff are well trained in the teaching of phonics. They quickly spot those pupils who need extra support to keep up. Younger pupils practise reading books that match the sounds they can read at home and at the school.

The higher than national proportion of pupils who have SEND are doing well from the range of specialist support. Many have speech and communication difficulties and struggle to learn sounds quickly. Consequently, the proportion of pupils who reach the expected standard in the phonics check in Year 1 is below the national average.

However, the school provides effective support for these pupils to catch up and learn the sounds that letters make. Consequently, almost all pupils have the phonics knowledge they need to learn to read fluently and independently by the end of Year 2. Pupils through the school like reading and record their daily reading on their 'rocket' records.

These 'rockets' are on display all around the school, shooting across the walls, up to the sky.

Mathematics teaching is particularly strong. Teachers have good subject knowledge.

They plan activities that help pupils better understand and get to grips with new ideas. Teachers are clear on what knowledge and skills pupils must learn, when and why. Pupils like learning their times tables, practising basic mathematics processes until the point at which they can apply them effortlessly.

In the early years, teachers use key mathematical resources well to make learning practical and easier to understand. This continues across the rest of the school. Strong teaching means pupils' progress in mathematics has remained significantly above that seen nationally.

Teachers, supported by leaders, have made huge improvements in the teaching of geography and science. Teachers have good knowledge of these subjects and know where to go to get support. Pupils have a strong knowledge of their local area and the wider world.

Even the youngest pupils can identify that different pictures of locations are not London and why. We saw pupils using geographical language well. We found that pupils can identify different landscapes, such as the tundra or savannah, and where on a map these environments may be.

In the early years, there are many opportunities for children to explore outdoors. Pupils regularly take part in experiments and investigations. Teachers help pupils to learn new words in science.

We saw pupils exposed to a rich range of vocabulary through carefully chosen texts. Leaders have made sure adults are clear about the importance of language-rich classrooms. But, in a few subjects, leaders have not focused on what vocabulary pupils are taught and why.

Consequently, some pupils have gaps in their wider vocabulary.

Staff say they enjoy working in this school. They appreciate that leaders look after their well-being and consider how to ensure a fair and manageable workload.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Safeguarding is a strength of the school. Leaders and governors know their local community well.

Staff, like leaders and governors, are clear about their responsibility to make sure pupils are safe. Staff are well trained in spotting and recording potential concerns, and the additional risks the most vulnerable pupils may face. They are aware of the vulnerabilities pupils may encounter in their daily lives.

Staff swiftly refer any concerns appropriately, so that pupils and families get the help they need. The school's vulnerable children's team and parent support adviser work well with other partners to oversee a range of support, keeping pupils safe.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

In a few areas, subject leaders have not focused on what vocabulary pupils are taught and why.

Consequently, some pupils have gaps in their wider vocabulary. Leaders should ensure that, in these subjects, key vocabulary is highlighted, and pupils have more opportunities to use and explore this vocabulary.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called a section 8 inspection of a good school or non-exempt outstanding school. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find some evidence that the school could now be better than good or that standards may be declining, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will convert the section 8 inspection to a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the first section 8 inspection since we judged Godwin Primary School to be good on 27–28 January 2016.

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