Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School

What is this page?

We are Locrating.com, a schools information website. This page is one of our school directory pages. This is not the website of Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School.

What is Locrating?

Locrating is the UK's most popular and trusted school guide; it allows you to view inspection reports, admissions data, exam results, catchment areas, league tables, school reviews, neighbourhood information, carry out school comparisons and much more. Below is some useful summary information regarding Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School.

To see all our data you need to click the blue button at the bottom of this page to view Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School on our interactive map.

About Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School

Name Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School
Website http://www.ashwoodprimary.org
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Dawn Roper
Address Ashwood Road, Parkgate, Rotherham, S62 6HT
Phone Number 01709710847
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 194
Local Authority Rotherham
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are happy and safe at this school. They enjoy coming to school and attend regularly.

The school has rigorous and successful procedures in place to ensure that attendance is high. Pupils benefit from caring and supportive relationships with staff.

The school has high ambitions for pupils at this school, including those pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Leaders have a clear vision for implementing a high-quality education for pupils. However, pupils do not achieve as well as they should in reading and writing by the end of key stage 2. Some aspects of the curriculum design do not provide pupils with the opportunities to le...arn to read and write as well as they should.

The school has been through a turbulent period due to changes in staffing and the COVID-19 pandemic. This has impacted on the rate of development in some curriculum areas.

Pupils behave well in lessons and around school.

They follow the expectations set out in 'The Ashwood Way'. This helps pupils to cooperate and to be respectful. Pupils appreciate the rewards that they receive for behaving sensibly and for working hard in lessons.

These include 'points' that can be exchanged for prizes.

Pupils understand the importance of equality. They enjoy and appreciate the opportunities they have to debate these issues in school.

Leaders strengthen this learning through the school's assembly programme. Pupils carry out a range of leadership responsibilities, such as being school councillors, science ambassadors and sports leaders.

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

Since the last inspection, the school has designed a curriculum that sets out the important knowledge that pupils will learn in most subjects.

The trust has provided effective training and development to enable subject leaders to lead their subjects well. Trust leaders have provided training for staff on the curriculum. Staff speak positively about the impact this has had on their teaching.

This is helping to raise expectations for what pupils can achieve.

The curriculum for mathematics is ambitious. Leaders have adapted the published mathematics scheme of work to meet the needs of the school.

The school has invested in training for staff on problem-solving to help pupils apply their mathematical learning. In science, the school has developed an ambitious curriculum that aims to provide all pupils with a positive view of the subject. Leaders provide staff with the detail they need to ensure they cover all aspects of the subject area well.

Staff support pupils to recall and build on their prior learning. Pupils speak confidently about their learning in science.

The school has introduced a new programme for teaching phonics.

Leaders have provided staff with the training they need to teach this programme well. Children develop listening and attention skills effectively from the time they enter Nursery.This ensures that most children are ready to learn phonics as soon as they start in Reception.

In phonics lessons, pupils practise and build on their early reading skills. However, pupils who have less phonics knowledge struggle to take part in these lessons. The school provides additional support for these pupils outside of lesson time to help them catch up.

However, these pupils have gaps in their knowledge that limit their engagement in lessons. In key stage 2, the school does not provide regular opportunities for pupils, who have fallen behind in their reading, to read to an adult. This means some gaps and misconceptions are not addressed quickly enough.

In the early years, the curriculum builds on what children know and can do. This starts well in Nursery. Stories, language and high-quality discussions support children to develop their vocabulary.

Staff design activities carefully to help develop children's knowledge across the different areas of learning. The school has provided clear guidance and support for staff in the early years to teach the intended curriculum. Children are well prepared for their learning in key stage 1.

Pupils conduct themselves well around school. Disruption in lessons is minimal. The school has implemented a new approach to managing behaviour in lessons.

The STAR (sitting, tracking, attention, respect) approach is having a positive impact on pupils' attitudes to learning. Most pupils have the motivation to learn well.

The school prioritises pupils' personal development.

The 'Ashwood Way' encourages pupils to 'dream big'. The 'Enrichment Entitlement Promise' ensures that pupils access a wide range of experiences. This includes learning about finance and budgets.

Pupils understand the importance of equality. However, their understanding of the broader fundamental British values is more variable. Pupils enjoy a wide range of educational visits.

The school ensures this offer is open to all pupils, including pupils with SEND and disadvantaged pupils.

Trustees and governors have a good understanding of the school improvement priorities. They receive relevant information on progress towards these priorities from school leaders.

Trustees monitor assessment data at a school and pupil level to identify future development areas. Trust leaders are aware that they need to monitor recent developments to ensure the changes have a positive impact on pupil outcomes at the end of key stage 2. Staff speak positively about the work of leaders in school and in the trust.

They feel valued and are grateful for the consideration that the school gives to their workload and well-being.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Some pupils in key stage 1 lack the knowledge they need to take part in whole-class phonics lessons.

This means that learning time is lost. The school should review the phonics provision for these pupils to ensure that any gaps in knowledge are addressed to help these pupils to catch up quickly. ? The school does not provide sufficient opportunities for pupils in key stage 2, who are still learning to read, to read to an adult regularly.

This means that gaps in knowledge and misconceptions are not addressed quickly enough. Too many pupils move on to secondary school with below average reading attainment. The school should ensure staff dedicate regular opportunities to listen to these pupils read and take timely action to address any gaps in learning.

  Compare to
nearby schools