Gurnard Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

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Baring Road
Cowes
PO31 8DS
01983295713
Pupils
399
Ages
4 - 11
Gender
Mixed
Type
Community school
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(5/11/19)
Full Report - All Reports
71%
NATIONAL AVG. 65%
% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics
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Gurnard Primary is a school where children learn to love education. Pupils enjoy attending this happy and vibrant school, rarely missing a day. There was much excitement during the inspection, with Year 6 visiting the Making of Harry Potter studios on the mainland. They explained how this would help them with their computing and design and technology work. Pupils proudly spoke about teachers challenging them in a wide range of subjects. They also love the variety of sport and musical opportunities they have. 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 told me that bullying is rare. They know that teachers would sort it immediately if it were to happen. Pupils are very clear on what they would do if they saw bullying. They feel safe in school. They understand how to keep themselves safe in a range of situations, including online. 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.’ What does the school do well and what does it need to do better? Leaders and governors strive to provide all pupils with the best education possible. They 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. As one governor said to me, ‘the teachers’ enthusiasm for their subjects is infectious’. Pupils love being taught different subjects by different teachers. They told me they feel ‘very grown up and ready for high school’. Pupils are excited by the subjects they study. For example, they showed me bird boxes they are making in design and technology. They have loved using tools like drills and saws, learning how to use them accurately and safely.

Gurnard Primary School Catchment Area Map

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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

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