English Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School

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About English Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School

Name English Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Catherine Doberska
Address Dee Road, Tilehurst, Reading, RG30 4BE
Phone Number 01189375466
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 439
Local Authority Reading
Highlights from Latest Inspection


English Martyrs' Catholic Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils understand the school's values and aspire to live up to them. Older pupils are positive about their prospects after leaving English Martyrs'. Those new to the school settle quickly.

Expectations are high. Pupils work hard and want to be their best. They talk about the importance of respect for others and are confident that faith, hope and love are solid foundations for future happiness and success.

Pupils say that teachers are patient and kind. They are happy to discuss their conflicting opinions about their favourite staff, and about the 'who' and the 'why...', in a reasoned way. A group of pupils agreed unanimously that staff are fair, though sometimes there are 'consequences for your actions'.

A clear message from pupils throughout the inspection was that they feel safe and cared for here.

The school's Catholic ethos underpins all aspects of day-to-day life. Kindness is expected.

Pupils understand this. 'Tattle talk' is frowned upon, though responded to positively if necessary. A positive attitude of 'we can fix that sort of thing together' is apparent when talking to pupils.

This sentiment was also apparent in classrooms, where pupils are happy to work together towards achieving their best.

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

This is a school that works hard to meet the needs of all pupils, no matter what their background or barriers in life. Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are supported well, and not just in the classroom.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are supported effectively, including those who find it difficult to maintain focus in a busy classroom environment.

The school has a varied ethnic mix of pupils, reflecting the local community it serves. Leaders at all levels see this as a strength and work hard to ensure that their inclusive vision is understood and enacted by all staff.

The result of this is a caring and nurturing 'school family', where adults work with dedication and purpose.Pupils' personal development has a high priority. They enjoy raising money for charitable causes.

The choir is popular and performs at a range of events in the local community. Older pupils enjoy residential trips, including to 'wild Wales', which are designed to develop resilience and perseverance. The school council and the 'Mini Vinnies' group are very active in their work to contribute to the school community on behalf of all pupils.

The school's curriculum is evolving. The core subjects of mathematics and English are taught well, though pupils' writing continues to be a focus. The school's Nursery and Reception Years succeed in developing children's love of learning.

Children with SEND are identified and supported from the beginning. Classroom visits to the early years provided sound evidence of strong practice. Children know what is expected and are keen to explore the opportunities that staff provide for them to learn new things.

The school's work to teach pupils to read is sound but developing. New resources and assessment materials have been introduced recently. Pupils in danger of falling behind are supported well.

However, although the school's reading outcomes at the end of Year 6 are sound, there are inconsistencies in the way staff implement the school's chosen phonics programme. While some staff deliver phonics sessions well, others are less confident, meaning pupils' progress towards reading fluently is not as strong as it might be.

Pupils love mathematics here.

Staff are knowledgeable and bring mathematics to life. The impact of this is evident in the school's mathematics outcomes but also clear to see during lesson visits. Teaching of mathematics is strong across all phases of the school.

Additional support for pupils with SEND or those in need of additional support is effective. Children in Nursery are confident with numbers and counting. Older pupils relish the challenge that staff provide.

One classroom visit was brought to life by pupils' restrained yet audible cheer when the teacher provided additional challenge in the lesson.

The school's wider curriculum is evolving. New subject leaders are stepping up and contributing well to ongoing subject reviews.

While some audits are complete, others are not so well advanced. This work has been completed in history, where pupils talk with increasing confidence about what they know. Pupils in upper key stage 2 are happy to compare the similarities or differences between Roman Britain and the Anglo-Saxon period.

Pupils are beginning to think as budding historians and relish history lessons. One pupil took this further in a conversation with the inspector, insisting excitedly that he felt he was 'made for history' because of the new things he was now learning.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Not all staff deliver the school's early reading programme as confidently as they might. When this is the case, the quality of phonics teaching is inconsistent. This means that some pupils do not benefit from the high-quality teaching they deserve.

Leaders need to ensure that the school's phonics programme is delivered with the highest degree of fidelity possible in all phases and by all staff who teach pupils to read. ? Not all foundation subject schemes of work are detailed enough in identifying the component knowledge staff need to teach pupils. This means that, in some subjects, pupils are not building strongly enough on what they have been taught before.

Some successful work has already been completed, but leaders now need to redouble their efforts to complete their curriculum review. This will support teachers in their work to plan and teach what leaders want pupils to know, remember and do in all subjects across the curriculum.


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 second ungraded inspection since we judged school to be good in November 2013.

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