Good Shepherd Catholic School

Name Good Shepherd Catholic School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Address Spring Road, Foleshill, Coventry, CV6 7FN
Phone Number 02476689392
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 238 (53.4% boys 46.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.1
Academy Sponsor The Romero Catholic Academy
Local Authority Coventry
Percentage Free School Meals 15.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 36.2%
Persisitent Absence 6.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.7%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (06 March 2018)
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Information about this school

The school opened as an academy on 1 August 2015 as part of the Romero Multi Academy Company. The company is made up of seven primary schools: Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, St Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School, St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School, St John Fisher Catholic Primary School and St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School; and one secondary school, which is Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School. The MAC is governed by a board of directors. A local academy committee oversees the work of Good Shepherd School. This committee reports directly to the board of directors. Support is provided to the school directly by the MAC. Sacred Heart is a teaching school. It provides support for school improvement and is the registered centre for initial teacher training through the School Direct programme. Trainee teachers from this programme are placed at Good Shepherd School. There is currently no substantive leader of the early years. A new leader has been appointed. She has visited the school several times and is becoming familiar with the setting. She is due to take up the post full time after the Easter holidays. The school does not meet the current government floor standards, which are minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school meets the Department for Education’s definition of a coasting school based on key stage 2 academic performance results in 2015 to 2017. When Good Shepherd’s predecessor school was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good overall.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement The school experienced much turbulence and instability in its early days as an academy. Consequently, the quality of education declined. Leaders and managers have not done enough to secure good teaching and outcomes, although improvements are now happening. The quality of teaching remains inconsistent. Therefore, pupils’ rates of progress vary. Some are catching up well from past underachievement. Others are not. As a result, outcomes for pupils are not good enough. While more pupils now attain the minimum standards they should for their ages, some still do not. Few pupils go beyond these basic standards, even though many are capable of doing so. This is because teachers do not challenge the most able pupils well enough. These pupils make slower progress than they could. This is why they do not produce the quality of work they should, given their capabilities. The early years is improving, but inconsistencies remain. There are notable strengths in teaching, but also some weaknesses. Senior and middle leaders hold several areas of responsibility each, along with substantial teaching duties. This means that they do not have sufficient time to drive all the improvements in the quality of teaching that are needed. This is why weaknesses remain. The school has the following strengths The strong Catholic values that permeate the school’s life promote a strong sense of belonging and engender deep moral awareness in pupils. Pupils behave well. They are sensible, courteous, polite and respectful to adults and to one another. Pupils’ attendance compares well to the national average figure. The local academy committee holds leaders to account for the school’s performance effectively. In turn, the academy committee is challenged by the board of directors on the rate of improvement. This is why the school is improving.