|Name||Blessed Dominic Catholic Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||12 June 2019|
|Address||Great Strand, London, NW9 5PE|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||439 (50% boys 50% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.5|
|Percentage Free School Meals||18.7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||76.5%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||17.3%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is larger than most primary schools. The proportion of pupils with SEND is above average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is above average. The majority of pupils speak English as an additional language. Pupils come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. The largest group of children is from White-Any other White background, making up about a third of the school, with pupils from Black or Black British – African backgrounds being almost equally represented. At the time of the inspection, the school was preparing to move out of its current building to a new school building undergoing construction. All of the school’s current Year 6 pupils were on a residential visit.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school Since the previous inspection, senior leaders have raised the quality of teaching and assessment to improve pupils’ progress. The impact of this work is now evident in all year groups. Leadership of the early years is also highly effective. The governing body is experienced, knowledgeable and provides school leaders with significant and effective strategic direction. Staff provide pupils with a balance of excellent care and guidance and academic challenge. Working relationships are excellent, helping pupils to become confident learners. This prepares them very well for secondary school. Teaching is outstanding and provides exactly the right degree of challenge because of teachers’ careful planning of interesting lessons that capture pupils’ interests. Teaching develops pupils’ skills strongly in reading, writing and mathematics, and also in other subjects including art, science and the humanities. Pupils in all year groups make outstanding progress. Leaders make effective use of monitoring records to create small-group teaching sessions that quickly address any potential underachievement. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) do well because care is taken to plan work that meets their individual needs. Pupils show great kindness towards others. They are very well behaved and willing to work hard. Leaders ensure that pupils are very well cared for, and make excellent provision for their personal development. In the early years, the outstanding provision in the Nursery and Reception classes supports children’s excellent progress so that they are very well prepared for Year 1. School leaders have worked effectively with parents to help improve pupils’ attendance, which is now above average.