Catforth Primary School

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About Catforth Primary School

Name Catforth Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Julie Bainbridge
Address School Lane, Catforth, Preston, PR4 0HL
Phone Number 01772690451
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 93 (53.8% boys 46.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.3
Local Authority Lancashire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher has established a culture that ensures that everyone understands and strives to live up to the school motto: 'To be the best that we can be'. Staff, parents, carers, pupils and governors recognise and support the headteacher's very strong leadership.

Staff rise to the high expectations that the headteacher has of them. Governors fulfil their roles well. Subject leadership is good in English, mathematics and science.

It is rapidly improving in other subjects as, in turn, leaders are developing systems to assess and monitor pupils' progress in them. Teaching is good, as is pupils' progress. Staff know their pupils extremely ...well and want them to do their best.

Staff have an infectious enthusiasm for their work, which they pass on to the pupils. The curriculum is planned well, with many memorable experiences for the pupils. Staff use it effectively to ensure that pupils have the right amount of challenge relevant to their different ages and stages of learning, despite being in mixed-age classes.

Pupils' behaviour and attitudes to learning are exemplary. Pupils are curious, attentive and keen to do well. They take great pride in their work and in being members of this school.

The school's work to promote pupils' well-being is outstanding. Pupils feel very safe in school. They have an in-depth understanding of how to keep themselves safe, including online.

School leaders invest in additional support for pupils and their families. Parents very much appreciate the help that they receive. They praise how well it supports their children's personal and academic progress.

Leaders and staff are committed to equality for all. No group is left behind. All pupils make equally good progress and they are more than willing to help each other succeed.

Strong support for reading is helping pupils' learning in all subjects. Progress is good in writing and mathematics. However, some pupils lack the skills to write at length and to solve mathematical problems.

Good provision in the early years gets children off to a good start. Children settle quickly and develop into inquisitive, thoughtful learners who make good progress. Staff prepare them well for Year 1.

Information about this school

The school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium is well below average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is below average.

The school operates a breakfast club and an after-school club. These were included in the inspection. The school began to offer nursery provision for three-year-old children in 2017.