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This is an outstanding school. This is a school that puts learning and the care for each pupil at the heart of all its thinking and planning.
As a result, all pupils flourish and make outstanding progress. Pupils' achievement is exceptional. Their attainment by the end of Year 6 is consistently high.
The school is one of the top in the country for the progress made by its pupils. Those of all abilities do extremely well. The quality of the teaching is consistently outstanding and results in pupils learning exceptionally well.
Pupils are expected to do well, and they rise to the challenge. The school's commitment towards developing pupils' spiritual, m...oral, social and cultural qualities is second to none. Pupils' behaviour in and around the school is outstanding.
They respect one another, and are polite to adults and to one another. Children in the Nursery and Reception classes have excellent opportunities to develop language and number skills and to learn habits of behaviour and concentration. The school keeps the pupils completely safe, and teaches them how to keep themselves safe.
The curriculum provides remarkable opportunities for pupils to learn a wide range of skills to an extremely high level. School leaders, working closely with subject leaders and classroom teachers, carefully check the progress of every child. This ensures that no pupil underperforms.
Leaders ensure, through highly skilled observations of teaching, that its quality is consistently outstanding. Governors are fully committed to the school and make an excellent contribution to its improvement. Leaders have driven improvement highly effectively since the previous inspection.
Plans are sharply focused and cover the right priorities. The school is extremely well placed to sustain and build on its improvement.
Information about this school
The Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Primary is an average-sized primary school.
The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides this school with additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is a little higher than average. Around two thirds of pupils come from a wide range of minority ethnic heritages, and this proportion is higher than usual. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is also higher than average.
The proportion of pupils who receive extra help in class (school action) is higher than average. The proportion who need more help than this (school action plus) or who have a statement of special educational needs is also higher than average. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress.
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