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Gillingham Primary School

Gillingham Primary School
School Road

phone: 01747 823245

headteacher: Mrs Susan Preston


school holidays: via Dorset council

384 pupils aged 4—11y mixed gender
420 pupils capacity: 91% full

205 boys 53%


180 girls 47%


Last updated: June 19, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 380945, Northing: 126580
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.038, Longitude: -2.2731
Accepting pupils
4—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
May 22, 2014
Region › Const. › Ward
South West › North Dorset › Gillingham Town
Town and Fringe - less sparse
SEN priorities
SLCN - Speech, language and Communication
Special classes
Has Special Classes
Free school meals %

rooms to rent in Gillingham

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  12. 3.7 miles Mere School BA126EW (189 pupils)
  13. 3.7 miles Zeals CofE First School BA126NL
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17 October 2014
Mrs Sue Preston
Gillingham Primary School
School Road
Dear Mrs Preston,

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Gillingham Primary

Following my visit to your school on 17 October 2014, I write on behalf of Her

Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the

inspection findings. Thank you for the help you gave me and for the time you made
available to discuss the actions you are taking to improve the school since the most
recent section 5 inspection.
The visit was the first monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in May 2014. It was carried out
under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.
Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring
improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection.


During the visit I met with you, your senior and middle leaders, the local authority
representative and members of the governing body to discuss the actions taken
since the most recent inspection. Together we carried out brief visits to lessons,
spoke with pupils and reviewed their work in books. The current school improvement
plan was also evaluated.


Since the inspection four middle leaders and three new governors have been

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Main findings

You acknowledge the inspection was the catalyst necessary to bring about an
increased drive and commitment from all staff to secure higher standards for pupils
and particularly the most able. You have worked determinedly since the inspection
to secure consistently good teaching throughout the school and this has begun to
show improved rates of progress for pupils, especially the youngest children and
pupils in Key Stage 1. The changes you have introduced to the structure of the
school day have established a much more purposeful learning atmosphere
throughout the school. You have also successfully introduced a revised school
improvement plan to include the recommendations made in the inspection report.
For example, a whole school approach to marking and feedback has been agreed
and implemented so that pupils know what they need to do to improve. Although
teachers are regularly and conscientiously marking pupils’ work there is little
evidence of feedback promoting further learning and progress for pupils. However,
you are acutely aware that the success of the school depends on securing as quickly
as possible lasting improvements in the quality of teaching and learning. To this end
you are in the process of providing your staff with personal improvement targets
tailored to the specific learning needs the pupils and linked to the school
improvement plan.

Since the inspection you have enhanced the role and responsibilities of your middle
leaders. For example, you have allocated time for them to check on the quality of

teaching and pupils’ achievements in the subjects they are responsible for. As a

result, the professional conversations now beginning to take place between staff are
providing you, your senior leaders and governors with a clearer understanding of the
progress pupils are making, each teacher’s strengths and their development needs.
Middle leaders confirmed in conversation that they are receiving additional training
and developing a clearer understanding of their roles and responsibilities which they

Members of the governing body who met with me confirmed the inspection has
resulted in all staff working more closely together to focus on addressing areas for
improvement. They have full confidence in you and your senior leaders. The good
communications that already exist between you, your senior leaders and governors
are being further enhanced as middle leaders begin to take up their new
responsibilities. Governors who spoke with me confirm there is a greater sense of
urgency within the school to bring about the necessary improvements and they are
more proactive in holding the school to account. Governors are confident that
appropriate support is in place to support and maintain the well-being of the
headteacher and all staff. They are confident that weaker teaching is now being
addressed in a timely manner.

Ofsted may carry out further visits and, where necessary, provide further support
and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection.

External support

The local authority has provided timely support to the headteacher and other
leaders. For example, the local authority representative has worked with the school
to sharpen the school improvement plan. The governors’ monitoring group that was
introduced following the inspection to check on how well the school is addressing
areas for improvement is also attended by the local authority representative. A
programme of training for all governors and especially those newly appointed has
been introduced.

I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body, the Director of Children’s
Services for Dorset.

Yours sincerely
David Edwards

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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