Hoddlesden St Paul’s Church of England Primary School

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About Hoddlesden St Paul’s Church of England Primary School

Name Hoddlesden St Paul’s Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.stpaulshoddlesden.org.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Christopher Dugdale
Address Hoddlesden St Paul’s Ce Primary School, Bayne Street, Darwen, BB3 3NH
Phone Number 01254701940
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 236
Local Authority Blackburn with Darwen
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils acquire a love of learning at this happy school. Their achievement is outstanding throughout their time in school and they leave with standards of attainment that are well above average.

Pupils' exceptional progress in literacy and numeracy is excellent preparation for their future. Teaching is outstanding. Classrooms buzz with excitement.

Pupils say lessons are fun and they respond eagerly to the stimulating activities teachers provide. Teachers organise classrooms very well but outdoor facilities for children in the Reception class are limited and difficult to access. Behaviour is outstanding.

Pupils are excepti...onally polite, helpful and always eager to do their very best. The headteacher's excellent leadership is unfaltering in expecting the very best for every pupil. All staff share this relentless drive for improvement and teamwork is excellent.

Leadership is outstanding at all levels. All teachers are eager to lead and are highly committed in everything they do. Methods for checking on the quality of teaching and pupils' progress are exemplary.

Teachers are helped to become even better through excellent training. Consequently, since the last inspection teaching has improved strongly. There is excellent support and challenge from the governing body.

Parents are highly supportive and say their children are well taught and safe. One summed it up by saying, 'the school is brilliant'.

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average sized primary school.

The Early Years Foundation Stage consists of one Reception class. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. A small proportion of pupils are from other ethnic backgrounds.

The percentage speaking English as an additional language is well-below average. Staff have identified a smaller than average proportion of pupils who are supported through school action because they have a disability or special educational needs. A below average proportion of pupils have a statement of special educational needs or are supported at school action plus.

The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium is smaller than average. The pupil premium is extra funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, are looked after by the local authority or are children of families in the services. The school exceeds the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress.

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