Barnsley primary school rated ‘outstanding’

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A SCHOOL that’s gone from ‘strength to strength’ has been given an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating.

Gawber Primary in Barnsley received the top mark across the board - an improvement on its last score of ‘good’.

Inspectors said in their report: “Since the last inspection the school has gone from strength to strength. Parents support the pupils’ views that the school keeps getting better every year.”

Pupils were praised for behaving ‘exceptionally well’ and leaving Year 6 with above-average results in reading, writing and mathematics.

Headteacher Julie Brown said: “I am delighted with our outstanding judgement - it reflects the hard work and dedication of all the Gawber team, children, parents, staff and governors.

“It is a privilege to work in the school and I am sure we will continue to strive to improve even further in the future.”

Inspectors noted that success at the school, on Church Street, also included disabled pupils and those with special educational needs all attaining above-average results.

Older pupils were highlighted for providing positive role models for the younger children in school. Teaching was mainly outstanding and never less than good.

n www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/106603 for full report.