Priorswood Primary School

Positivity, Respect, Independence Determination, Excellence

155

Students on the roll

Priorswood Primary School is situated in the Wedlands area of North Taunton, in the South West of England and was formally opened in 1949.
Inadequate

Ofsted rating

Senior leaders, governors and the academy trust are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement identified.
Executive Headteacher

Lindsay Gabriel

About Priorswood

  • GenderMixed
  • Age range2 - 11
  • Number of pupils on roll155

Priorswood Primary School is situated in the Wedlands area of North Taunton, in the South West of England and was formally opened in 1949. We became a member of the CAT family of schools in April 2013.

Through our pre-school and primary school we cater for children aged 2-11 years old.

We aim to be open, friendly, caring and supportive. Our school values were created through our collaborative approach, involving children, staff and parents. They form the basis of our daily life here at Priorswood and are based on ‘PRIDE’ (Positivity, Respect, Independence, Determination and Excellence).

Our school prides itself on being caring and collaborative. This comes first and foremost from the staff – you will notice a team spirit and a sense of support and partnership. This means that we speak openly and honestly to parents and carers, and work with them to achieve the best for all children in the school. It is our vision that each and every child has the best opportunity possible to prepare them for future life. Children are at the heart of all that we do at Priorswood.

We hope that each child and their family enjoy being part of our school and that the memorable years of primary school are full of learning, challenge, excitement, interest and value.

The current leadership has had an immediate impact on improving pupils’ behaviour and the quality of the learning environment.

Pupils are well cared for and the school liaises effectively with external agencies to ensure that vulnerable pupils receive the support they require.

– Ofsted 2017

Interim Executive Board

Name Type of Governor Appointment made by Appointment Date Date stepped down Business and pecuniary interests 2016/2017 % attendance whilst in office 2017/2018 % attendance whilst in office
Mark Conway (Chair) Co-opted Trust 12-Jun-17 Potential oversight of referrals for children attending the school in respect of mental health issues. Employed by Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.  Member of HCPC 86%  
Lindsay Gabriel Co-opted Trust 12-Jun-17 Employee of CAT 75%  
Andrew Gould Co-opted Trust 12-Jun-17 Education Consultancy.   Contractor with rolling contract with CAT.  Director of Peggus Ltd & Vanstread Ltd, member of NAHT 100%  
Stephen McShane Co-opted Trust 12-Jun-17 Employee of CAT 100%  
Sara Bright Community Governor Governing Body 19-Sep-13 12-Jun-17 Director of Bright Learning – Education Consultancy 75%  
Mark Conway Parent Governor Parent Body 01-Apr-13 27-Mar-17 Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Adolescent Mental Health

Employed as Project Lead for Primary Mental Health Linkwork schools work (CAMHS); the project receives funding from the DFE; Priorswood is a member of the project and Mr Conway has oversight into how the funding is spent

Member of the PEVP Panel

80%  
Mark Conway Trust Governor Trust 28-Mar-17 12-Jun-17 Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Adolescent Mental Health

Employed as Project Lead for Primary Mental Health Linkwork schools work (CAMHS); the project receives funding from the DFE; Priorswood is a member of the project and Mr Conway has oversight into how the funding is spent

Member of the PEVP Panel

100%  
David Fielding Headteacher Automatic appointment 01-Apr-16 08-Jun-17 Employee of Priorswood 66%  
Lindsay Gabriel Associate Governor (Executive Headteacher) Staff body 25-Jan-17 12-Jun-17 Employee of CAT 75%  
Saffron Lee Parent Governor Parent Body 19-Nov-13 08-Jun-17 None 100%  
Simon Mathews Community Governor Governing Body 16-Sep-15 12-Jun-17 None 83%  
Jordan Murphy Staff Governor Staff body 12-Oct-16 12-Jun-17 None 83%  
Christine Pyke Trust Governor Trust 01-Sep-15 12-Jun-17 Occasional work for Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning 100%  
Christine Pyke Co-opted Trust 12-Jun-17 03-Jul-17 Employee of Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning 100%  
Jan Tanner Staff Governor Staff Body 29-Jun-15 12-Jun-17 Employee of Priorswood Primary 71%  
James Wyatt Community Governor Governing body 25-Jan-17 12-Jun-17 Employee of Somerset County Council 50%  

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