Our School

About Us

Gainsborough Primary School is a two form, inner city, inclusive school. We believe in our Gainsborough Family - building success together. We are very proud of the outcomes for learners at the end of all the Key Stages, where we are consistently at and above National levels. We are committed to continuing to providing excellent education and learning opportunities for all our children.

Currently there are just over 400 pupils on roll, with 40 part time and 8 full time places in nursery.  The school is located in a developing area of East London, there are exciting opportunities being created within the local areas. With our close proximity to West Ham Station we are easily accessible and provide school places for many families who are working in Docklands and Canary Wharf. 

We have a very skilled team of staff to support all learners. We were short listed for a National Autism Award – a real acknowledgement of the excellent work that happens at Gainsborough to support our 14 resourced provision places for children diagnosed with severe autistic spectrum disorder, along with other children within the school with ASD.

We utilise our budget to find the best ways to support all children, provide great learning experiences and opportunities and to raise attainment. Some of our initiatives include high adult to child ratios, smaller class sizes, focussed interventions and specialist teachers.

Many families and children join us mid-year; all talk about the family and nurturing feel of the school. In the last 5 years we have gone from strength to strength, appearing in the top 20 of Newham schools for outcomes for learners at key points, e.g. end of EYFS, Phonic Screening and pupil progress from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2. We are very proud and want to keep improving. We want every pupil to achieve his or her potential, whatever their starting point; and we aim to create a climate of success for the whole school community.

We believe that to learn well children need to feel safe and secure, and so we provide an orderly, well-disciplined environment. Lessons are carefully planned and structured by teachers so that all children will be able to reach their potential if they work hard. Homework linked to class work is set.

As a school we know that working in partnership with other schools improves the outcomes for pupils in ours. We are a founding school within Eko Multi Academy Trust and are an active member of the East London Early Years Schools Partnership (Teaching School with Kaizen Primary School and Sherringham Nursery).

School Vision

  • We aspire to be the best we can be.
  • We learn from our experiences.
  • We challenge ourselves every day.
  • We respect and celebrate our Gainsborough Family.

School Values

Communication, Consistency and Relationships

School Ethos

  • To know our children well – the positives, the negatives and their barriers.
  • To accept our children as they are and nurture what they have so they can be the best they can be.
  • To give our children real learning experiences and encourage a thirst for knowledge.
  • To be committed and give the best of ourselves.
  • To provide challenge for our children, whilst understanding their starting points, to enable them to be the best they can be.
  • For children and staff to feel supported and valued.

Our responsibilities

  • To be clear about the learning behaviour we expect and ensure we model it.
  • To ensure that there are consistently good teaching and learning opportunities and real life experiences across the school, for all our children.
  • To remember that without basic needs being met learning cannot happen.
  • To understand the learning that each child need and ensure their needs are met.
  • To ensure a safe environment for all.
  • To support each other and work together.

Gainsborough Family

A school community with warmth, support and teamwork (adults and children).
Skills and attributes:

  • engaged and motivated
  • active listening
  • interacting with peers and adults
  • internalise and able to orally explain
  • know what they are learning and what the next steps are
  • building good relationships
  • peer support
  • pride in the school and looking after it

Golden Rules

  • Do be gentle. Don’t hurt anybody.
  • Do be kind and helpful. Don’t hurt people’s feelings.
  • Do be honest. Don’t cover up the truth.
  • Do work hard. Don’t waste time.
  • Do look after property. Don’t waste or damage things.
  • Do listen to people. Don’t interrupt.