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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 gamily school could not be more fitting.  An absolutely wonderful school and staff who care so much about our children"


- Parent comments 2022

Our School Context:

Gawber is proud to be an outstanding school, located 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. 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 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. We are also a 'Reading School'. Reading is at the heart of everything we do. We ensure that children get off to a quick start with their reading as soon as they start school by  introducing them to our phonics scheme, Read Write Inc a soon as they join. We also promote a love of reading throughout school through the provision of high quality texts; having children as reading leaders who promote reading to other children; regular reading for pleasure assemblies and weekly celebration events linked to reading.

We are a small school, but we have big ideas and do not set limits on what our children can aspire to and achieve.


We firmly believe that once you are part of the Gawber family, you remain part of our family forever.


Our Vision

Gawber Primary is a caring family school with reading at the heart of our broad and energising curriculum that embeds all of the necessary skills and knowledge 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, 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.’



Our Key Curriculum Aims