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Godwin Primary School

Godwin Primary School
Finnymore Road

phone: 020 82704150

headteacher: Mrs Julie Phillips Bed (Hons)


school holidays: via Barking and Dagenham council

595 pupils aged 3—10y mixed gender
630 pupils capacity: 94% full

330 boys 55%


265 girls 45%


Last updated: June 20, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
Open date
Sept. 1, 1996
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 548443, Northing: 184276
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.538, Longitude: 0.13899
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Oct. 24, 2013
Region › Const. › Ward
London › Barking › Goresbrook
Urban > 10k - less sparse
SEN priorities
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Investor in People
Committed IiP Status
Free school meals %

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15 January 2014
Mrs Julie Phillips
Godwin Primary School
Finnymore Road
Dear Mrs Phillips

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Godwin Primary

Following my visit to your school on 13 January 2014, I write on behalf of Her
Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the
findings of my visit. 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 October 2013. 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. The school should take
further action to:

 Sharpen improvement plans so that they include clear milestones and success

criteria related to pupil achievement, against which the impact of actions can be
systematically monitored and evaluated.

 Continue with the plans for regular focused monitoring by senior leaders to

ensure that all inconsistencies in teaching and learning are addressed within the
planned timescale, including the effectiveness of teaching assistants in
supporting pupils in lessons.


During the visit I met with you and the deputy headteacher, senior leaders, three
members of the governing body and an officer representing the local authority. I
toured the school with you, spoke with pupils and looked at their work books.
Additionally, a range of documents including action plans, pupil progress data,
school monitoring evaluations, and professional development plans were scrutinised.

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Three new teachers have been appointed in Key Stage 1. The Governing Body is in
the process of advertising the post assistant headteacher.

Main findings

You have continued with your plans to increase staffing to support the necessary
improvements. This has included moving staff and changing some job roles and
responsibilities to allow for more focused teaching and interventions. There are
increasing opportunities for staff to work and plan together and share good practice.

Continued professional development to improve teachers’ practice in challenging

pupils, and improve their marking has had good impact. A scrutiny of pupils’
workbooks during the monitoring visit showed improvements in the written feedback
given to pupils about their work. These improvements in marking are increasing

pupils’ understanding of how well they are progressing. A strong focus on literacy is

improving pupils’ grammar and presentation in writing across the school.
Pupils say writing topics are more interesting. Good examples of pupils’ work are
displayed in classrooms and around the school. Regular book reviews, classroom
checks and the introduction of peer observations are presenting a more accurate
view of teaching improvements and where further changes are required. However,

leaders need to consider pupils’ achievement when assessing how well teaching is

improving over time. Additionally, leaders need to assess the effectiveness of
teaching assistants in supporting pupils in lessons.
Following the section 5 inspection, you, and your senior leadership team have drawn
up a detailed action plan which covers all the areas identified for improvement. The
plan is further underpinned by subject leaders action plans for improving their areas
of responsibility. However, some of this planning is imprecise: actions do not have
clear milestones or success criteria against which their impact can be systematically
monitored and evaluated. This will make it difficult to monitor the impact of the plan
and hold staff to account.
School leaders say that the inspection has sharpened their focus. Consequently, they
are following up, and evaluating actions, such as making repeated and regular
focused checks on teaching and learning. You are supporting middle leaders to do
the same. Half-termly pupils’ progress meetings have been timetabled in order to
hold staff to account and address underachievement more rapidly than before.
Members of the governing body know the school well and are clear about what
needs to be done. They are keen to sharpen their monitoring skills by making

regular checks on the school’s work and using data to ask probing questions about

pupil progress. They have taken steps to record in more detail the challenges made
to school leaders.
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 is providing valuable support to enable the school to make the
expected progress against the issues identified in the recent report. It holds regular

meetings to challenge the school’s leaders to improve the quality of education and to
check that actions being taken are having the desired effect. Support for the school’s

leaders has been provided through a partner headteacher.

I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body and the Director of

Children’s Services for Barking and Dagenham and as below.

Yours sincerely
Kekshan Salaria

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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