Christ Church Church of England Controlled Primary School

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About Christ Church Church of England Controlled Primary School

Name Christ Church Church of England Controlled Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Lynsey Gregory
Address Brookhill Road, Waterworks Street, Bootle, L20 3JL
Phone Number 01519222136
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary controlled school
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 440
Local Authority Sefton
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Christ Church Church of England Controlled Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are very happy at this nurturing school, where everyone is valued and included. They understand that staff know them extremely well, take good care of them and keep them safe.

Leaders' expectations of how pupils behave are very high. Staff unfailingly model positive relationships and behaviour and pupils respond with courtesy and respect. Pupils told the inspector that leaders do not tolerate bullying and that they deal with unkind behaviour quickly, so that it does not happen again.

The school motto, 'Together we Can', is evident in the st...rong team spirit, which permeates all aspects of school life. Leaders expect pupils to work hard. They give everyone the help that they need to achieve well, including disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

The vast majority of pupils benefit from attending several of the many and varied activities which staff provide beyond the classroom, including sport, art and music. Pupils of all ages enjoy taking on leadership roles, such as being the voice of their class on the school council. Those who are well established in the school enthusiastically welcome new pupils joining from other countries.

They show a keen interest in learning about people who are different from themselves, including those from other religions, races and cultures.

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

Leaders have designed an ambitious curriculum, which enables pupils, including those with SEND, to achieve well. They have thought carefully about how learning develops and fits together from the early years to the end of Year 6.

As a result, in all subjects, teachers know in detail what to teach and when to teach it. This means that they successfully build on what pupils already know and remember.

Teachers have very good knowledge of the subjects that they teach.

Effective training enhances their subject-specific teaching skills. Leaders use assessment information well to check if the curriculum is effective. Teachers regularly check what pupils know and remember and usually use this information to adapt future teaching.

However, sometimes, teaching moves on too quickly before all pupils have embedded new knowledge. As a result, at times, a number of pupils spend too much time on tasks they cannot complete successfully.

Teachers and teaching assistants undertake ongoing training in early reading.

They teach the reading curriculum very effectively. They make sure that pupils, including children in the early years, read books which match their knowledge of letters and sounds. They choose activities and teaching resources which best meet pupils' learning needs.

Staff ensure that pupils who are not keeping up, including those with speech and language needs, receive targeted help, so that they catch up with their peers. Most pupils learn to read accurately and fluently.

Staff encourage pupils to read widely and often.

Pupils, including two-year-olds in the early years, enjoy listening to staff reading to them. Pupils spoke excitedly to the inspector about the many rewards that they receive for reading at home, including golden coins to buy books from the school's vending machine.

Leaders carefully identify the needs of pupils with SEND, using external specialists when needed.

They allocate sufficient leadership, teaching time and training to ensure that these pupils have all the help that they need. Teachers expertly adapt the curriculum and resources, so that pupils with SEND successfully follow the same ambitious curriculum as their classmates. Leaders also ensure that there are no barriers to pupils with SEND participating in wider aspects of school life alongside their peers.

Leaders have created a hub of experienced pastoral, SEND, attendance, safeguarding and welfare staff to form a highly effective 'team around the child'. This joined-up approach contributes strongly to the safety, care, welfare and inclusion of vulnerable pupils and their families.

Pupils behave exceptionally well in lessons and at social times.

Staff make sure that children in the early years, including two-year-olds, settle in quickly and enjoy well-established routines. Leaders put in place appropriate strategies for pupils who have emotional and behavioural needs, so that lessons are orderly and proceed without interruption.

Most pupils attend school regularly.

However, despite the school's considerable work with families, a significant minority of pupils are too often absent and so miss important learning and opportunities for wider development.

Attendance at the exceptional array of free-of-charge activities, which staff provide before school, after school and at lunchtime, including that of pupils with SEND, is very good.Leaders remove all barriers to attending these activities, including making sure that pupils from families with more than one child at the school can attend their chosen activities at the same time as their siblings.

Pupils have many opportunities to undertake responsibilities, such as being eco-councillors and organising events for charity.

Staff are very proud to work at this school. They know that leaders value their commitment and hard work.

Leaders make sure that they take into account staff workload and well-being when making decisions.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders prioritise all aspects of safeguarding.

The allocation of staffing, time, accommodation and resources to this aspect of the school reflects the strong culture of safeguarding. Staff undertake regular training. They know how to spot the signs of neglect and abuse.

Staff and pupils know how to report concerns. Leaders quickly respond to incidents and involve external agencies as appropriate. Parents, carers and pupils said that they know that there are always experienced and approachable staff in the hub should they need to talk to someone.

Pupils learn how to keep themselves safe from harm, including when using the internet. In an age-appropriate way, they learn about issues such as consent and healthy relationships.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Some pupils are too often absent from school.

This means that they do not benefit as much as they should from the good quality of education and wider opportunities for personal development that leaders provide. Leaders should strengthen their work with families to ensure that persistent absentees improve their attendance, so that they can reach their full academic and social potential. ? In some subjects, at times teaching moves on too quickly without sufficiently embedding pupils' knowledge and understanding.

As a result, some pupils spend too much time attempting tasks unsuccessfully. Leaders should ensure that teaching consistently takes account of their agreed pedagogy, so that pupils consolidate learning well enough before moving on.Background

When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in June 2018.

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