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This is an outstanding school This is a school where nothing is left to chance.
Leaders know their school well and there is a relentless focus on raising pupils' aspirations and achievement. The motto of the school, 'As Holy Family, we learn, believe and seek to make the right choices, as God's children', accurately captures what makes the school so special. The headteacher has built strong capacity for further improvement by developing highly effective senior and middle leaders.
Governors are ambitious that all pupils at Holy Family have the best education possible. They have played a significant role in the school's transformation since it first opened. Lead...ers, teachers and support staff provide high-quality support for its most vulnerable pupils.
The school's strong partnerships with external agencies ensure that pupils and their families get the support they need. There is a sense of calm and purpose which permeates across the school. The care that staff provide for pupils is exemplary.
Consequently, pupils thrive in a nurturing environment where they feel safe and happy. The vast majority of pupils attend regularly but there is a very small minority of parents and carers who fail in their duty to make sure that their children attend school on a regular basis. Pupils live up to leaders' high expectations at all times.
Their behaviour is exemplary. Pupils' outstanding attitudes to learning contribute significantly to their excellent progress. They know how to improve their learning and are determined to excel.
They support each other admirably. Pupils enjoy a rich curriculum that leaders have skilfully designed to link learning well across a wide range of subjects. Children get off to a flying start in the early years.
The learning environment for children, both indoors and outdoors, in the early years is outstanding. Teachers plan exciting activities that stimulate children's interests and curiosity. Adults support children exceptionally well and children make rapid progress as a result.
Children are well prepared for the next stage in their education. Phonics is taught exceptionally well and pupils' achievement in phonics is outstanding. Pupils quickly develop reading skills which are used as the bedrock to the teaching of early reading.
Pupils make outstanding progress from low starting points. Consequently, at the end of key stages 1 and 2, they attain above average standards. Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school and its leaders.
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The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. This is an average-sized primary school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is well above the national average.
The proportions of pupils from minority ethnic groups and those who speak English as an additional language is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils who are supported because they have SEN and/or disabilities is above the national average. The school meets the government's floor standards.
These standards set the minimum expectation for pupils' attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The headteacher has been in post since September 2017. Prior to this, she was the deputy headteacher.
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