Park Primary School

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About Park Primary School

Name Park Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Acting Headteacher Mrs Rebecca Gude
Address Monmouth Road, Doncaster, DN2 4JP
Phone Number 01302344659
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 447
Local Authority Doncaster
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Park Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils at Park Primary School feel listened to and valued.

There are strong relationships between pupils and staff. Adults take time to nurture and support each pupil's understanding and development. Pupils are safe and feel safe.

They say that they can always go to an adult with any concerns and that they always get sorted out.

The school has very high expectations for what pupils can achieve. Leaders enrich the curriculum by inviting expert visitors into school to talk about the topics that pupils are learning about.

This includes professional and Olympic athletes.... Pupils talk about these events fondly and say that these experiences help to make their learning interesting and memorable.

Pupils behave exceptionally well in classrooms and around the school.

Learning time is rarely disrupted. Pupils work well together. They listen attentively and enjoy learning.

Pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), achieve well.

Pupils contribute to school life by taking on leadership roles. These include house captains, librarians and 'ROAARR ambassadors'.

These opportunities help pupils to understand how they can have a positive impact on others.

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

The teaching of reading is a strength in the school. Phonics teaching begins as soon as children start in Reception.

Staff check regularly to ensure that pupils learn and remember the sounds they are taught. Pupils read books that are well matched to the sounds that they know. This helps them to become fluent and confident readers.

Any pupils at risk of falling behind are quickly identified and supported to catch up. The school fosters a love of reading. Pupils enjoy borrowing books from the new library area.

Pupils talk about these books with enthusiasm.

Leaders have worked hard to improve the curriculum. Leaders provide training for staff so that they can confidently and accurately deliver the curriculum.

As a result, teachers' subject knowledge is strong. They present information clearly. They identify gaps in pupils' understanding and use this information to revisit and reteach different topics when needed.

This helps pupils to know more and remember more. However, in some subjects, the school has not identified the precise knowledge that pupils should learn. Sometimes, new learning does not build on what pupils already know.

As a result, in some subjects, pupils do not develop the depth of knowledge that they could.

Staff understand the individual needs of pupils, including those with SEND. Staff work with families and external agencies to identify the best support for pupils.

This helps staff to develop personalised pupil targets. These inform how adults in school adjust activities to help pupils, for example by using sentence starters, writing guides, and practical mathematics resources. These adjustments are effective in supporting pupils with SEND to develop their understanding.

Children in the early years get a positive start to their education. Adults know the children well. They use this understanding to ensure the classroom environment develops children's learning.

Adults design activities to help children consolidate their learning from taught sessions, for example by setting out practical resources to help pupils practise adding and subtracting. These experiences help pupils to thrive and succeed.

The behaviour of pupils in lessons and around the school is extremely positive.

This helps them to get the most out of every lesson. Pupils learn how to keep themselves safe, including when using the internet. Pupils talk with confidence and understanding about how they can manage some of the risks they might face.

This includes looking for the padlock symbol at the end of a website address. Pupils learn about different religions. This learning is enhanced by visitors from different places of worship.

This helps pupils understand and respect different people in modern Britain.

Leaders have high ambitions for what pupils learn and experience. They have made clear, informed and purposeful improvements to the curriculum.

Staff are happy and say that they are supported and valued by leaders.

Governors effectively hold leaders to account. The school has recently appointed several new members to the governing body.

This has further developed the governing body's capacity to fulfil its responsibilities.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a small number of subjects, the school has not identified the key knowledge that pupils should learn in each year group.

This means that in some subjects, pupils do not build on their prior knowledge progressively. The school should review the curriculum for these subjects and identify precisely what knowledge should be taught and when.


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 an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

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

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in November 2018.

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