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School Values

"A family school with great values"


"Gawber School is very personable and feels like a family"


"The school motto of a caring family school could not be more fitting.  An absolutely wonderful school and staff who care so much about our children"


- Parent comments 2022




Our Mission Statement:

Gawber Primary is 'A Caring, Family School'. We aim to provide every child with an excellent educational experience, which is enjoyable, stimulating and safe, enabling them to reach their full potential.


Our School Context:

Gawber is a highly regarded, single form entry primary school, in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. The school was built in 1972 although there has been a village school at Gawber since 1856. We are in a semi-rural setting with lovely views of countryside and farmland. The school is on a single level site which makes access to all areas very easy. There are seven class bases and a small classroom used for group teaching and as a wellbeing room. An extension was opened in 2005 and this houses a purpose built Foundation Stage classroom, Year One classroom, a computer suite and the staffroom. 


Our Vision

Gawber Primary is a caring family school with reading at the heart of our broad and engaging curriculum that embeds all of the necessary knowledge and skills needed for our children to be successful in their future life, both academically and pastorally.  By the time children leave Gawber Primary they are enthusiastic, independent learners who have the resilience to enable them to succeed in the next steps of their education. At Gawber, we embed a lifelong love of learning.

We expect that children make good progress from their very different starting points and go on to achieve the very best outcomes in reading, writing and mathematics. We also expect them to be successful in a much broader range of outcomes. They are positive learners, self-disciplined, good attenders, punctual, respectful, tolerant, healthy and fully aware of the challenges of the 21st century.

At Gawber Primary, we know all of our children very well.  Our children are well cared for, happily challenged and nurtured as individuals. We provide a unique ethos in which children, families and the community all greatly contribute towards our school motto:

‘A Caring Family School.’



Behaviour and Attitudes

The behaviour and attitudes of our children is excellent and this has been maintained over time. All stakeholders work hard to foster excellent relationships based on fairness, consistency, clear boundaries and mutual respect. Because of the strength in relationships between staff and children, behaviour at all times is exceptional. There is a culture of mutual respect within the school, ensuring that the children become confident, self-assured learners.

Our behaviour policy is intrinsic to the ethos of the school and the key themes of Curiosity, Respect, Collaboration, Independence, Aspiration, Creativity and Positivity not only out line our expectations of behaviour but are also the key drivers of our curriculum. Secondary schools actively recruit our children knowing that they will become an asset to their school. When out representing the school, children are often complimented by the public.



We are respectful, tolerant and kind. 

We are fair and polite to everyone.

We follow school rules to keep us safe, healthy and happy. 

We love and care for our planet. 




Our Key Curriculum Aims