Gospel Oak Primary School is rated as ‘outstanding’
Headteacher warns of funding challenge
03 December, 2021 — By Harry Taylor
A PRIMARY school has retained its “outstanding” rating, with its leaders being praised for having great ambitions.
Gospel Oak Primary School, in Mansfield Road, has received the results of its latest inspection in October.
Lead inspector David Radomsky praised teachers for their “great ambitions for all aspects of the school’s work”.
He added: “There is a strong rapport between pupils and adults, and pupils and their peers. Pupils relish participating in the plentiful enrichment activities on offer. Many activities have now been reinstated following the national lockdowns. There is something for everyone.”
Headteacher John Hayes said he was delighted by the rating, especially as the inspection came during a Year 3 Covid-19 outbreak. “We are very pleased that the inspector thinks we are a great school but we are not complacent, we know there is always more to do. It’s nice to have our success recognised. We will continue to get even better because we know that it is what schools have to do to continue to grow.”
Mr Radomsky and his team looked at reading, music and history teaching at the school. He said that youngsters quickly become fluent readers, and have considerable time to practice and master musical instruments.
Mr Hayes added: “Funding is still a perennial issue, and we’re having to do more with less – we’re eight members of staff down this year and that will be the challenge going forward.”