Overview of Gascoigne Primary School
Gascoigne Primary School is an inclusive and diverse, purpose built, semi open-plan building, built in 1977 to replace the original Victorian school. Additional Early Years provision , which comprises two Nurseries and five Reception classes, was opened in February 1994. Gascoigne Infants and Juniors amalgamated in January 1999. A new dining hall was built during 2008. Four new classrooms and a new music room were built in 2013. In September 2016, Gascoigne Primary opened a brand new all purpose built school within close proximity called The Shaftesburys Site. The capacity is 1200 pupils, but as the school grows to a seven form entry primary school - there will be nearer 1500 pupils attending when full.
The Shaftesburys Site has three floors and an exciting roof top playground. It consists of: a 78 place nursery, three classes in each year group from Reception to Year 6, an Art studio, a Music room, a Nurture Room and Family Liaison room. There are six play decks for physical exercise or outdoor learning.
The Shaftesburys Site opened to children and staff September 2016.
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All staff at Gascoigne Primary are committed to supporting children to gain academic success. Children are encouraged to develop positive attitudes to leaning and are given the opportunities to realise their full potential in all subjects. Their safety and emotional well being is at the centre of everything we do at Gascoigne; we aim to develop our children's resilience and confidence in taking on challenges within their learning.
The children are placed in mixed ability classes according to age. In all year groups your child will encounter a wide range of teaching experiences from individual one to one support, small group activities to whole class teaching. While believing that a wide repertoire is essential, over recent years the school has adopted a more structured whole class teaching style with the children working in smaller groups and individually within this.
The Nursery Provision can admit up to 234 pupils on a part-time basis; we are also able to offer full time places if needed. Children are admitted during the academic year in which they reach their fourth birthday. As far as possible, parents preference for morning of afternoon sessions are honoured. We have provision for 3 year olds - please ask a member of our Early Years staff if you are interested.
Home visits and initial visits to the school will take place during May/June/July; the children will be admitted into Nursery during September.
Please continue to browse the website for further information about our unique and wonderful school.
First thoughts of the new Shaftesburys site......
When I first heard that Gascoigne was building a whole new site, excitement filled my body. How big would it be? Would there be more than one playground? I was filled with curiosity and bursting with questions. Many months passed of anxiety, waiting and wondering. How many classrooms would there be? Would there be new teachers? I hoped that I would be on the new site, so I could learn and explore new surroundings and be a part of the mysterious ‘Shaftesburys site’. Finally, the big day arrived at the start of September. Not wanting to be late, I ran all the way to school. The closer I got, the bigger the army became. There were so many children and parents in the playground. Miss Murphy greeted me with a big “Good Morning” accompanied by an even bigger smile. In all the hustle and bustle, I nearly forgot to admire the incredible building. My jaw dropped. “WOW!” I shouted as my fist pumped the air. I am looking forward to this year already.
My speech is all about my life at the Shaftesburys site. Life at Gascoigne is fantastic, the people here take good care of me. Since I started in September, everyone is helpful and welcoming to me. So if you need something or help, you have found the perfect place. You may be wondering how lunchtimes are? Well, they are really good. We have many healthy foods and desserts. We also have lots of salads and vegetables (they are all wonderful). In our brand new school we travel really sensibly around the school. Teachers can use lifts or use three flights of stairs to get to the roof, where the big playground is. This building has only 72 stairs! This means your child will get more exercise. We get helped in many different ways. I don’t even know where to start. Firstly, we get helped by our TLA’s who are also known as Teaching and Learning Advocates. Also, people in the office, they work a lot! Then we have our incredible lunchtime helpers who are amazing. I personally think they are angels. We keep safe in many different ways. Firstly, we always tie our laces so we don’t trip and hurt ourselves. Whenever there is a fire alarm, we keep calm and line up to get to our fire station, which is on the patch of grass outside school. Thank you for listening to me.
Life at the Shaftesburys....
Life at the Shaftesburys is really great. It has everything we need. There is a massive playground on the roof where we play many games. We also have play decks which we use for P.E when it is wet and at lunch times. We eat lots of healthy foods at lunchtimes and we can help ourselves to the salad bar. We can cope with the 3 flights of stairs which makes us fit! We follow the school rules at all times and we are all aiming for 3 golds in order to get to the Head teacher’s party in the summer term. Children need to make sure they get to school on time. We need to be in by 8.40am and ready to start learning at 8.50am. We need to be in school every day to improve our attendance. The Shaftesburys has a wonderful dining hall which is also used for assemblies and other functions.