Catmose Primary

Name Catmose Primary
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 February 2013
Address Sandringham Close, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6SH
Phone Number 01572772583
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 209 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.2
Academy Sponsor Rutland And District Schools' Federation
Local Authority Rutland
Percentage Free School Meals 7.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.3%
Persisitent Absence 3.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a smaller-than-average primary school. Almost all pupils come from White British backgrounds. A few speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils receiving the pupil premium (additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those in local authority care) is broadly average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who receive support at school action is below average. The proportion who receive support at school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is broadly average. The school met the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum standards for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school does not use any other school or location to provided regular education for its pupils. Since the previous inspection the school has converted fully as an academy and entered into a formalised partnership with Catmose College through a multi-academy trust known as Catmose Federation, which is a company limited by guarantee. There is one senior leadership team for the federation, overseeing the work of both schools under the Academy Trust. There are two separate governing bodies, one for each school. A new Chair of the Governing Body is in post. Catmose College was inspected separately. The number of pupils on roll has increased significantly since the previous inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Select Children in the Reception class make good progress from their below average starting points in communication and language, in reading, writing and learning numbers and in the use of technology. Pupils in Years 1 to 6 continue to make good progress. They reach broadly-average standards in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Teaching is good. Skilful questioning to raise pupils’ expectations for learning, good use of well-chosen resources and good learning support are particular strengths of teaching. Behaviour and safety are good. Pupils are well-behaved in lessons and around the school and their attendance is above average. The executive principal and vice principal with good oversight of the governing body have raised pupils’ achievements and improved the quality of teaching since the previous inspection. Consequently, they have shown good capacity for further improvement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough teaching is outstanding. The pace of learning is occasionally too slow because teaching is not always brisk enough. There are sometimes missed opportunities for pupils to learn independently. Pupils do not always know their next steps for learning when their work is marked.