Gascoigne Primary School is a modern, purpose built, semi open-plan building, built in 1977 to replace the original Victorian school. An additional Early Years Unit, compromising two Nurseries and five Reception classes, was opened in February 1994. A new library was built during Spring 1996. Gascoigne Infants and Juniors amalgamated in January 1999.
A new dining hall was built during 2008.
There are approximately 1100 pupils in the school. Every teacher is concerned with academic and social development of each child and all members of staff liase within and across every year group to ensure that each child is encouraged to have a positive attitude to leaning and is given the opportunity to realise his/her full potential in all subjects. Children have a variety of abilites and talents and our staff are concerned that each child, whether slow to learn, average or above average ability, is encouraged to extend his/her capabilities.
The children are placed in mixed ability classes according to age. In all year groups your child will encounter a wide range of teaching situations 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 Units can admit up to 156 on a part-time basis. 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.
Home visits and initial visits to the school will take place during May/June/July; the children will be admitted into Nursery during September. It should be noted that a place in a nursery class does not necessarily guarantee a place in the main school when a pupil reaches statutory school age.