Owston Park Primary Academy

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About Owston Park Primary Academy

Name Owston Park Primary Academy
Website https://www.owston.doncaster.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Mrs Vicky Stinson
Address Lodge Road, Skellow, Doncaster, DN6 8PU
Phone Number 01302722271
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 436
Local Authority Doncaster
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Leaders have created a sense of community at Owston Park Primary Academy. Pupils are proud to be a part of the school. They are excited to share information about their school with visitors.

Leaders are ambitious for all pupils to achieve well. They have developed a curriculum that begins in the early years. This ensures that children get off to a good start to their education.

Some pupils have a limited awareness and experience of diversity. Leaders have included a range of opportunities for pupils to learn about themselves and others throughout the curriculum.

Pupils enjoy the opportunities to be leaders in school.

Playground buddies talk about set...ting up exciting play activities for the younger pupils. School councillors are aware that they have an important role in being the 'voice' of the pupils. They have made sure that pupils can share their worries by setting up a 'worry station' at school.

Pupils are tolerant and considerate of each other. They understand the rewards and sanctions set out by the school and think that these are fair. Most pupils behave well.

However, during some parts of the day a small number of pupils do not behave as well as they could. This can distract others from their learning. Pupils say that bullying is rare.

They are confident that teachers would help them if it did happen.

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

Leaders have developed a curriculum with the needs of their pupils at the centre. Subject leaders have carefully sequenced learning to ensure that this builds on what pupils already know.

Teachers deliver the curriculum with clarity. They provide opportunities for pupils to talk about what they have learned. This helps pupils to remember what they are learning across different curriculum subjects.

Teachers use assessment well to identify any gaps in pupils' knowledge. Teachers then act quickly to address misconceptions and errors in pupils' knowledge. However, this assessment system is not as well established in all curriculum subjects.

Leaders ensure that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are fully included in all aspects of the curriculum. Teachers make adaptations so that pupils can learn alongside their peers. Leaders work closely with external specialists to ensure that pupils with SEND are getting the right support at the right time.

Teachers have created a culture where pupils enjoy reading. This starts from the time when children join the school in Nursery. Leaders recognise the importance of sharing stories in Nursery and Reception.

This helps to establish a love and excitement of reading. Leaders ensure that all staff have the training that they need to deliver phonics teaching with precision. Leaders regularly check that pupils are not falling behind.

They quickly identify where pupils need further support. Staff plan extra reading sessions to help pupils who need to catch up. Pupils continue to enjoy a well-planned reading curriculum in key stage two.

They talk about their class novels excitedly. These books inspire pupils to want to read.

Leaders in the early years have designed a curriculum with very clear end points in mind.

They know what the children need to learn to prepare them for Year 1 and beyond. Learning activities are carefully planned around the needs of the children. These learning opportunities are inclusive of pupils with SEND.

Teachers provide children with a range of experiences, including 'forest Fridays'. Children spend this day each week immersed in outdoor learning. Teachers in the early years provide a welcoming environment for children, parents and carers.

Teachers support parents to understand what their children are learning. Parents speak highly of the care that their children receive.

Leaders have a clear focus on teaching pupils about the importance of good mental health.

They have made sure that staff are appropriately trained to support pupils with this. Pupils have the opportunity to learn about spirituality. They take part in yoga and mindfulness sessions.

This teaches them the importance of understanding and managing their own feelings and emotions.

Leaders recognise the importance of preparing pupils for life in modern Britain. They ensure that pupils learn about fundamental British values.

Pupils talk knowledgeably about these values and give examples of what they have learned. Pupils enjoy their life skills sessions. In these lessons, pupils learn about a wide range of topics.

These include budgeting and money management, staying safe at home, as well as receiving guidance about jobs and careers.

Both the trust and the local governing body have the necessary knowledge to be able to support and challenge the school effectively. Strong partnership working with the trust has ensured a renewed focus on the quality of teaching and the curriculum.

Leaders in school continue to build on this further by taking every opportunity to work with external partners to support their pupils and families. Staff say that they are proud to work at the school. They feel valued by leaders.

Leaders ensure that staff receive any necessary training to enable them to be effective in their roles.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders ensure staff receive regular, up-to-date safeguarding training.

Staff remain vigilant in keeping pupils safe. They know how to identify and report concerns. Leaders keep thorough records of any reported incidents.

They use these to monitor the effectiveness of their actions and provide support to pupils and families.

Staff teach pupils how to keep themselves safe. Pupils talk about how to stay safe online and what to do if they need to report any concerns.

Pupils speak confidently about having trusted adults in school. They know that they can share any worries that they may have and that staff will act on these.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• At times, pupils' learning is disrupted by a small number of pupils.

Some staff do not have consistently high expectations of pupils' general behaviour and conduct. This means that, sometimes, pupils are not able to listen to, and learn from, teachers' instructions. Leaders should ensure that all staff share the same high expectations of behaviour and that the whole school approach to managing pupils' behaviour is applied consistently well by all adults.

• Leaders' systems to assess what pupils know and remember are more developed in some curriculum subjects than in others. As a result, in some curriculum subjects, adults' evaluations of what pupils have learned need to be more specific to identify precisely what pupils understand and where they have any misconceptions. Senior leaders should ensure that assessment is fully established in all curriculum subjects so that gaps in pupils' knowledge are accurately identified and future work is adapted accordingly.

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