Baring Road, Cowes, Isle Of Wight, PO31 8DS.
Inspire, Achieve, Celebrate
Our recent Ofsted inspection highlighted the many strengths of our school including:
Gurnard Primary is a school where children learn to love education.
Pupils enjoy attending this happy and vibrant school, rarely missing a day.
Leaders and governors strive to provide all pupils with the best education possible.
[Leaders] have carefully considered how they want different subjects to be taught. Leaders have introduced a model where teachers are supported to specialise in an area of the curriculum. This has resulted in a highly skilled teaching team, with strong subject knowledge.
Pupils love being taught different subjects by different teachers....and are excited by the subjects they study.
Pupils proudly spoke about teachers challenging them in a wide range of subjects.
[Pupils] love the variety of sport and musical opportunities they have.
In most subjects, leaders have sequenced the learning, carefully considering the order they want pupils to meet new concepts and skills.
Teachers teach reading and phonics well. Children in early years learn phonics quickly.
Pupils love reading and do so fluently and often.
Leaders have high expectations of pupils’ learning and behaviour.
Pupils work hard and take pride in what they do. Behaviour around the school is calm and purposeful.
Pupils are kind to each other. They behave well in lessons and try their best.
Any pupils who need help with their behaviour choices are supported well. This is because staff understand their needs.
Teachers understand the difficulties faced by pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Support plans are in place to help teachers adapt their teaching for these pupils.
Leaders know the pupils and their families well.
Designated safeguarding leads pay high levels of care and attention to pupils’ welfare and safety. Communication is seamless. Records are thorough and all necessary actions are taken without delay.
The vast majority of parents who responded to Ofsted’s Parent View questionnaire are very positive about the school. As one parent wrote, ‘Gurnard provides a safe and fun environment, where my child is able to learn and grow.’