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Goosewell Primary School

Goosewell Primary School
Goosewell Road

phone: 01752 482960

headteacher: Mr J Stephens

school holidays: via Plymouth council

625 pupils aged 4—10y mixed gender
630 pupils capacity: 99% full

320 boys 51%


305 girls 49%


Last updated: June 19, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 251875, Northing: 52680
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 50.355, Longitude: -4.0836
Accepting pupils
5—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Feb. 12, 2014
Region › Const. › Ward
South West › South West Devon › Plymstock Dunstone
Urban > 10k - less sparse
SEN priorities
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Free school meals %

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Schools nearby

  1. Goosewell Infant School PL99HD
  2. Goosewell Junior School PL99HD
  3. 0.3 miles Coombe Dean School PL98ES
  4. 0.3 miles Coombe Dean School PL98ES (1030 pupils)
  5. 0.5 miles Plymstock School PL99AZ
  6. 0.5 miles Plymstock School PL99AZ (1571 pupils)
  7. 0.6 miles Dunstone Community Primary School PL98TQ (181 pupils)
  8. 0.8 miles Pomphlett Primary School PL97ES (199 pupils)
  9. 0.8 miles Elburton Primary School PL98HJ
  10. 0.8 miles Elburton Primary School PL98HJ (417 pupils)
  11. 1.1 mile Oreston Community Primary School PL97JY
  12. 1.1 mile Oreston Community Academy PL97JY (314 pupils)
  13. 1.3 mile Hooe Primary School PL99RG
  14. 1.3 mile Hooe Primary Academy PL99RG (207 pupils)
  15. 1.8 mile Prince Rock Primary School PL49JF (283 pupils)
  16. 1.8 mile Prince Rock Junior School PL49JF
  17. 1.8 mile Prince Rock Infant School PL49JF
  18. 2 miles Wembury Primary School PL90EB (165 pupils)
  19. 2.1 miles St Mary's Church of England Primary School PL82AG (32 pupils)
  20. 2.1 miles Tamar Education Trust PL40NN
  21. 2.1 miles Tamar Education Trust C.O. Pws PL40NN
  22. 2.2 miles Salisbury Road Junior School PL48QZ
  23. 2.2 miles Salisbury Road Infants' School PL48QZ
  24. 2.2 miles Salisbury Road Primary School PL48QZ (454 pupils)

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2 May 2014
Mr John Stephens
Goosewell Primary School
Goosewell Road
Dear Mr Stephens

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Goosewell Primary

Following my visit to your school on 1 May 2014, I write on behalf of Her Majesty’s
Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the 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
The visit was the first monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in February 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. The school should take
further action to:

 ensure that action plans are sharply focused on improving the quality

of day-to-day teaching

 make sure that the impact of improvement actions are measured in

terms of pupil progress and achievement


During the visit, I met with you and your senior management team to discuss the

school’s context and the impact of your work since the inspection. You showed me

around your school and explained your recent and planned developments. I also met

with three members of the governing body and a representative from the local

authority. I also considered a range of documents, including the school’s current

data on pupil achievement, reports following local authority visits, post-inspection
action plans and the school improvement plan.

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Main findings

The school has made a good start in tackling the issues identified by the inspection.
The good progress made to improve the consistency and impact of marking has
already begun to impact positively on pupil progress. This is because pupils are now
doing more written work and receiving higher-quality marking, which is helping them

to improve their work.

Some strategies are in place to improve the consistency of teaching across the
school, including direct lesson observations and external training and support. Also,
teachers are more involved in analysing and using information about pupils’
progress. However, these are not yet sufficiently focused on improving the quality of
day-to-day teaching that leads to good progress for all pupils. Plans also do not
measure the success of intended actions in terms of outcomes for pupils.
The governing body have taken the findings of the inspection seriously and are
determined to improve the school. They have carried out an audit of their own skills
and developed plans to improve and develop their own practice. Although governors

are receiving data and monitoring the school’s action plans, they are not yet

sufficiently focused on monitoring pupils’ progress and improve the consistency of
Ofsted may carry out further visits and, where necessary, provide further support
and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection. I will contact the
school early next term to discuss actions taken since this visit and my future
involvement with the school.

External support

The local authority provides a good level of support and challenge. Regular meetings
between the local authority and the headteacher are used to hold the school to
account for the progress it is making towards becoming good. The school makes
good use of the training and support available. A good example of this is the use of
the programme to develop outstanding teaching provided by the local teaching

I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body, the Director of Children’s
Services for Plymouth and as below.

Yours sincerely
Phillip Minns

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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