Gawthorpe Community Academy is a school within the heart of a village on the outskirts of Ossett. Strong community links have been forged over many years between the school and the people who live in Gawthorpe. The school celebrates the village’s traditional heritage with the community participating in the annual events such as the Maypole Pole parade and the World coal carrying championship. Our school caters for children in the 3-11 years age range and we are part of the Inspire Partnership Multi-Academy Trust (IPMAT).
The school has a split site with the nursery being part of the Maypole Centre and the Main school building which houses reception to year 6. The school has playgrounds surrounding the main building and there is a separate playing field.
Our curriculum is designed to provide high quality learning experiences. This ensures that engagement of learning is at the heart of our philosophy. Children are given opportunities to build knowledge, making links between their own lives, the wider world and prior learning. Families, governors and community leaders are invited into school to join in school events, lead assemblies and share in our success.
Values underpin the school’s ethos and are reinforced at every opportunity in lessons and can be seen in the general conduct of staff and pupils within the school environment. Children are strongly encouraged to articulate their thoughts and feelings to develop respect, a sense of responsibility and show resilience to be prepared for the next phase and for adult life. Children come to Gawthorpe with a unique set of skills, experiences and knowledge our school strives to provide opportunities for every child to learn, experience and grow.
Mrs Katie Harris – Headteacher
“Pupils conduct themselves exceptionally well at all times of the school day. They are polite and demonstrate good manners… “ Due Diligence Report June 2019.
“Work set on seasaw was varied allowing (child) to keep interest and develop knowledge.” Parent Questionnaire March 2021
“Pupils demonstrate consistently high levels of respect to each other and all adults. They are happy to talk and keen to explain at length about their learning and their school.” Due Diligence Report June 2019
“I was so impressed with the remote learning … received, everything (and more) that he could’ve needed was there for him, nothing was too much trouble for … (teachers) The communication was fantastic. “Parent Questionnaire March 2021
“Relationships with parents are strong and highly effective. As a result, parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school.” Summary of parent view questionnaire responses Dec 2020
“Learning beyond the academic is purposeful and meaningful. Pupils are exposed to big questions that they debate and discuss at an age appropriate level. Staff work exceptionally hard to bring this learning to life through real life examples.” Due Diligence Report June 2019
Relationships with parents are strong and highly effective. As a result, parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school.