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

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher has an ambitious vision for the school. By creating a strong leadership team and through systematic approaches, she has brought about rapid improvement.

Good leadership has raised outcomes for pupils. These have improved year on year, especially for disadvantaged pupils. At the end of key stage 2 in 2018, disadvantaged pupils achieved above average results in mathematics.

Teaching for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is individually tailored and effective. Bespoke support helps these pupils to make good progress. Children in the early years get off to a very good start to school life.
...r/>They thrive in a stimulating, safe and nurturing environment. Some outstanding teaching in upper key stage 2 serves as a strong model for further improvement in a minority of other classes. There is strong support for families who face challenging situations.

The proactive work of the pastoral team is pivotal to the school's success. This is an outward-facing school. Leaders have made good use of learning partnerships and high-quality support from the local authority school improvement service.

Teaching assistants work unobtrusively and very effectively with pupils during lessons, in small groups or individually. Pupils' behaviour in lessons and around school is consistently good. Pupils mix well, care for each other and are polite to visitors.

Pupils who are new to speaking English receive strong support from adults and other pupils. This helps them to settle in and learn well. Although leaders have provided considerable challenge and support that has improved teaching, there are still some pockets of teaching where subject knowledge requires improvement.

In these classes, teachers do not use assessment well when planning next learning steps and so tasks are not always pitched correctly for all ability groups. Leaders have ensured that the curriculum provides rich experiences and is broad and varied. However, there are limited opportunities to deepen learning in subjects other than English and mathematics, including science.

Although there is a diverse school population, pupils are not able to talk confidently about other faiths and cultures. Welfare arrangements are exemplary and safeguarding is every adult's first priority.

Information about this school

This school is larger than the average-sized primary school.

There are 14 single-age classes and a Nursery unit, which provides part-time places for three-year-old children. Some of these Nursery children attend for the full day. Just less than half the pupils are of White British heritage.

There is a wide diversity of ethnic backgrounds and over 25 different languages are represented in the school. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is much higher than average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support funded by the pupil premium is higher than average.

The proportion of pupils with SEND is below average. The number of pupils with an education, health and care plan, is also below average. The current headteacher of the school took up her post as acting headteacher in 2016, having previously served at the school as deputy headteacher.

The current deputy headteacher was also appointed from within the school in 2017. Since the previous inspection in 2016, there have been several changes of teaching staff, though staffing has been stable since the start of the school year. The school operates a breakfast club.

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