Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Warton


Name Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Warton
Website http://www.family.lancs.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 01 October 2013
Address Lytham Road, Warton, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 1AD
Phone Number 01772633623
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 115 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.7
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 13.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

The school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. There are four mixed-age classes. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is rising but is below average. (The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children who are looked after by the local authority and children from service families.) The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress in English and mathematics. There have been significant changes in staffing since the time of the previous inspection. The headteacher has a teaching commitment in Year 5 and 6 alongside the deputy headteacher who is the lead teacher in Class 4.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Teaching is consistently good and some is outstanding. Teachers use their strong subject knowledge and enthusiasm to inspire pupils to make at least good progress in lessons. Pupils’ achievement is outstanding. A high proportion of pupils make excellent progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Outstanding organisation of specialist support has led to improvement in the standards reached by pupils of all abilities in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils enjoy school, feel safe and attend regularly. They care for one another and try hard to gain rewards for their good behaviour. Reading skills develop rapidly to a high standard because the teaching of letters and the sounds that they make (phonics) is highly effective. Teaching assistants are skilful. They provide effective support for disabled pupils and those with special educational needs to enable them to make at least good progress. The leadership of the Early Years Foundation Stage is strong. The excellent communication with parents helps children to settle quickly and make rapid progress when they start school. The headteacher and deputy headteacher have created a culture of continuous improvement which is shared by all staff. They provide very effective support and guidance to staff and challenge them to be the best they can. The knowledgeable, effective governing body rigorously monitors the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement. It is clear about what the school needs to do to continue to improve further. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough teaching is outstanding. Teachers do not always use pupils’ progress data to plan work which is at the right level for them. Pupils’ work is not always well presented. Pupils do not always understand how to reach their targets in lessons. Teachers and their assistants do not always demonstrate high standards in their writing.