Banks St Stephen’s CofE School

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About Banks St Stephen’s CofE School

Name Banks St Stephen’s CofE School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Gareth Allen
Address Greaves Hall Avenue, Banks, Southport, PR9 8BL
Phone Number 01704225332
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary controlled school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 169
Local Authority Lancashire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are proud of their school. They arrive each day eager to learn.

Leaders, staff and governors are united in the expectation that all pupils receive the best possible start to their education. Pupils told inspectors that the staff make school a safe and happy place to learn. Pupils said that they make friends easily because people care about each other.

Any arguments are resolved quickly. Pupils are confident that should bullying occur, staff will sort it out swiftly.

Pupils strive to follow the school's Christian values of 'Belonging, Serving, Succeeding'.

They work hard in lessons and their behaviour is good. Older pupils contribute to the lif...e of the school as librarians and as members of committees.

Pupils play an important role in the local community.

Their friendships with residents at a local retirement home have flourished during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Links with local businesses give pupils a taste of the world of work and raise their aspirations for the future.

Pupils benefit from a wide range of opportunities that help to develop their confidence and resilience and their understanding of other cultures.

These include trips to museums, performing with the choir and visits to different places of worship.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school's well-designed curriculum builds on what pupils know and can do from the early years to Year 6. It meets the needs of all pupils well, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Curriculum plans are carefully ordered so that pupils can make connections between subjects. This helps pupils to apply what they know when they are learning something new.

High-quality training has enhanced teachers' subject knowledge.

They are well equipped to deliver the curriculum effectively. Leaders and staff share ideas and expertise, including with colleagues in other schools. Teachers use assessment information well.

This helps them to plan what pupils need to learn next and to identify those who are struggling. The special educational needs coordinator supports teachers to be able to identify the needs of pupils with SEND. This helps teachers to adapt their plans so that pupils with SEND can access all aspects of the curriculum.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the disruption to pupils' education meant that the curriculum content in some subjects was not delivered. This has led to gaps in the knowledge pupils have in some subjects. Leaders have identified the key knowledge that was not taught.

The key content that pupils need to know has been carefully woven into the curriculum plans for this academic year. However, leaders are at the early stages of checking that the revised curriculum plans are being delivered effectively and that pupils are catching up.The development of language and communication has a high priority across the school.

Staff use every opportunity to broaden pupils' vocabulary, particularly in the early years. Leaders foster a love of reading for all pupils. The school library is at the heart of the school.

In the early years, children enjoy listening to stories and joining in with rhymes. Older pupils talk eloquently about their favourite authors. They frequently recommend books to others.

Pupils read widely and often across a range of subjects.

Children begin to learn phonics as soon as they start school. In the early years, they practise their phonics knowledge across a range of activities, both indoors and outside.

Pupils in Year 1 apply their phonics knowledge accurately when reading unfamiliar words. The books that pupils read match the sounds that they know. This helps most pupils to become confident, fluent readers by the end of Year 2.

Skilled staff help pupils who are struggling, including those pupils at the early stages of reading in key stage 2. Pupils benefit from the extra support that they receive.

In the early years, skilled staff help to develop children's confidence and enthusiasm for learning.

Children settle quickly into well-established routines. Pupils across the school are polite and well mannered. There is very little disruption in lessons.

This helps pupils to focus on their learning. Pupils are proud of their achievements. They talked confidently about things that they have previously learned.

The curriculum is enhanced further through a wide range of opportunities. Pupils recall trips to places of interest and feeding the animals at the zoo. They understand the importance of tolerance and respect for the views of others.

Older pupils can explain the importance of democracy and the role of Parliament following a visit from the local Member of Parliament. Pupils are ambitious for their future. For example, many want to run their own business or work on the space programme.

Governors know the school well. They are proud of the role the school has in the community. Governors use their knowledge effectively to hold leaders to account for all aspects of the school's work, including the quality of education.

Governors are mindful of staff's workload and well-being. Staff feel valued and supported by leaders. Parents and carers speak very highly of the school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders ensure that staff receive appropriate, up-to-date training. This helps them to quickly recognise any signs of anxiety or changes in a pupil's demeanour.

Staff understand what to do if they have any concerns about pupils' safety or well-being. Leaders engage effectively with other agencies to ensure that pupils and their families receive any additional help that they may need.

Pupils are taught how to keep themselves safe in a variety of situations.

They learn how to behave in a safe way when they are out in the community and when using mobile devices to talk with their friends. Pupils told inspectors that there is always an adult in school that they can talk with if they have any concerns or worries. Leaders provide guidance for parents to ensure that pupils use the internet safely when they are not in school.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Leaders have identified the subject content that was not taught during the COVID-19 pandemic and made suitable adaptations to curriculum planning. However, leaders are not sure if the amended plans are making a difference to pupils' learning. Leaders should ensure that they check that teachers are following the updated curriculum plans so that pupils can make up for lost ground across different subject areas.

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