Harry Gosling Primary School
Tower Hamlets, United Kingdom
About Harry Gosling Primary School
INFORMATION ABOUT HARRY GOSLING PRIMARY SCHOOL
Harry Gosling is a two-form entry school with approximately 450 pupils, from Nursery to Year 6. The Nursery is seen as an integral part of the school and is housed in a newly developed area of the school. Harry Gosling draws pupils from the local community. 97% of our pupils have English as an additional language, and 100% come from ethnic minorities, mostly from the Bangladeshi community who speak Sylheti at home. Approximately 50% of our pupils are entitled to Free School Meals.
There are four things that make our school so special, and, we feel, somewhere so rewarding to work:
Our children are, quite simply, fantastic! Behaviour at Harry Gosling is excellent and the pupils enjoy coming to school and are excited by their learning. This good behaviour makes a strong contribution to their learning. Inclusion is at the heart of what we do at Harry Gosling. We include children with a wide range of abilities and needs, including those who are exceptionally able and those who have learning difficulties and statements of special educational needs.
We have 16 class teachers and a Deputy and four Assistant Headteachers. We have a part-time music teacher who works with classes throughout the school, and several support teachers. We also have a team of Teaching Assistants who support pupils in class, midday meal supervisors, administrative and site staff. We have a number of regular volunteer workers, including those who are parents, as well as our business partners.
Classes are arranged in phase groups, with parallel classes in adjacent rooms. Our Early Years Foundation Stage is housed in our modern extension, Phase 2 (years 1,2 and 3) are on the ground floor and Phase 3 (years 4, 5 and 6) are on the top floor. Each phase is led by a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Our staff is a mixture of people who have worked in the school over an extended period, as well as those who are less experienced or recently appointed. Staff members are lively, friendly, supportive and committed and between them have an impressive range of skills and a great sense of humour.
The school offers excellent Continuous Professional Development for all staff in all roles. We are very much a learning community, and we are only looking for staff who are like-minded and seek to better themselves and embrace new ideas and new challenges. This is not a school to stay still in. We encourage staff to take on initiatives and to try new things. We have very high standards, and our staff is expected to be ambitious and determined to excel, both for themselves and for the children they support.
Harry Gosling is a thriving school serving a wonderful community. We are a school committed to inclusion and respect and our ethos pervades everything we do. We have high expectations of our pupils both in terms of attainment and behaviour. We respect and welcome our community into the school.
Parents take an active interest in their children’s education, are in regular contact with teachers and give us a great deal of support and encouragement. This is a healthy partnership which the school encourages. There is also a lively and involved Governing Body, which is extremely supportive of the school.
Everyone at Harry Gosling shares our vision for excellence. We have a clear statement of aims (which you will find on our website), and we have one simple, clear motto, shared by us all. Every day at Harry Gosling, we are all ‘Learning to shine in everything we do’.
Harry Gosling was last inspected by OFSTED in October 2017. It is a particularly exciting time to join our school. We have built an entirely new leadership team and an effective teaching team, and the school is poised to continue its journey to ‘Outstanding’.
We are proud of the creative approach we take to providing pupils with meaningful, exciting learning opportunities, both through our curriculum and through the pedagogical approaches we adopt. We are well provided with resources for teaching across the curriculum. We have invested considerably in creating an exciting learning space for all children, both inside and outdoors. Visits to a wide range of local venues and those which are further afield are frequently made in order to support learning across the curriculum. A range of clubs are offered to all children, so that they can develop their talents and interests. Likewise we invite visitors from such venues to the school. We belong to a library and resources loan service in order to supplement the resources and experiences we can provide.
You can find out more about our school by visiting our website at www.harrygoslingprimary.co.uk.