John Gulson Primary School

Name John Gulson Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address George Street, Coventry, CV1 4HB
Phone Number 02476227791
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 580 (48.6% boys 51.4% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.5
Local Authority Coventry
Percentage Free School Meals 23.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 77.8%
Persisitent Absence 9.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.7%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (11 March 2015)
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Information about this school

This is a larger-than-average sized primary school. Nearly all pupils are from minority ethnic heritages: the very large majority speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils, who are supported by the pupil premium, is above average. This is additional government funding to support pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those looked after children by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above average. A larger than normal proportion of pupils join and leave the school throughout the year. Early years provision is part-time in the Nursery and full-time in Reception. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum standards expected nationally for pupils’ attainment and progress at the end of Year 6. There have been 20 new teachers appointed since the last inspection. The school provides a breakfast club.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is good school. Teaching has improved rapidly and is now typically good and sometimes outstanding. Consequently, pupils are consistently making good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Other adults are highly skilled in supporting the learning of individuals and groups of pupils. They make a significant contribution to these pupils’ progress. Pupils enjoy being at school and feel safe and well looked after. They behave well and have good attitudes to learning. The school is good at helping pupils to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding well. The Early Years Foundation Stage is outstanding. This is because high quality teaching develops children’s skills and understanding very effectively and rapidly. The strong leadership of the headteacher and the senior leaders’ constant drive for improvement have led to better teaching and faster progress. Pupils’ skills in reading, writing and mathematics have also improved. The governing body supports the school well and has a good awareness of its strengths and weaknesses. It is rigorous in holding the school to account for pupils’ progress so that the school continues to improve. It is not yet outstanding school because : Occasionally the work set for pupils does not make them think or work hard enough, particularly that given to the most able. Pupils do not have sufficient opportunities to further develop their skills in writing at length and across different subjects. Standards in Year 1 phonics (letters and the sounds they make) have been below average.