Holy Rood Catholic Primary School

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About Holy Rood Catholic Primary School

Name Holy Rood Catholic Primary School
Website http://www.holyroodcatholicprimary.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Naomi Fry
Address Groundwell Road, Swindon, SN1 2LU
Phone Number 01793523802
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 391
Local Authority Swindon
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are proud to attend Holy Rood Catholic Primary School. They flourish in the school's warm and inclusive ethos.

Pupils' attitudes reflect the school's well-established values of fairness, compassion and loyalty. They believe that everyone is 'completely welcomed' and treated equally. Pupils enjoy each other's company and build trusting relationships with adults.

They feel happy and safe at school.

Adults' expectations of pupils' behaviour are consistently high. In lessons, pupils are attentive and work hard.

Everyone follows the rules for good conduct around the school. Pupils are considerate and polite to others. Breaktimes are happy and harmo...nious.

Pupils say that bullying is not a concern. They are confident that, if it were to happen, staff would sort it out quickly. Leaders provide strong pastoral care.

Pupils know that they can talk to a trusted adult or use the 'worry box' if they have a problem.

Pupils have a range of opportunities to develop their interests outside the classroom. For example, leaders have devised the 'Holy Rood 42' programme.

This includes extra-curricular sports, singing and team activities. Pupils enjoy taking on leadership responsibilities. They are proud to become librarians, chaplains and mental health ambassadors.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders are ambitious for pupils. They have redesigned the curriculum since the previous inspection. Subject leaders have carefully considered what pupils need to learn and when in each subject.

Teachers deliver this challenging curriculum with a strong focus on pupils' vocabulary and language. As a result, pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), learn the curriculum well.

In most subjects, leaders make sure that the curriculum is carefully planned from early years to Year 6.

However, in a small number of foundation subjects, curriculum leaders are unclear about the learning that takes place in early years. This means that, in these subjects, the curriculum in key stage 1 does not build on what pupils have learned before.

Leaders prioritise reading.

In early years, children join in with songs, stories and rhymes. This builds their understanding of texts and new vocabulary. The school's phonics programme is well planned.

Staff teach phonics skilfully. They make detailed checks on pupils' progress. If pupils fall behind, staff act quickly to give them extra support.

The focus on reading continues as pupils move through the school. Older pupils talk enthusiastically about the books they read for pleasure. Pupils enjoy reading and discussing texts about interesting themes in their reading lessons.

Most subject leaders have received extensive training. This helps them to make sure that teachers deliver the curriculum well. Staff have secure subject knowledge.

During lessons, staff check on how well pupils are learning. They address errors and misconceptions quickly. Teachers usually revisit previous learning as a matter of routine.

For example, pupils revisit historical periods to build their understanding of chronology. They recall their mathematical knowledge in their 'maths MOT' sessions. This ensures that pupils' earlier learning is secure and their understanding deepens over time.

In a few foundation subjects, teachers' checks on what pupils know and remember are not consistently effective. Pupils sometimes struggle to remember what they have learned before. In these subjects, subject leaders have not checked how well pupils learn the curriculum over time.

Leaders have ensured that there are systems in place to identify the needs of pupils with SEND. They seek advice from experts outside school. Staff are clear about pupils' needs and how to help them.

Pupils with SEND access the full curriculum and achieve well.

Leaders have developed a well-thought-out programme for pupils' personal development. Pupils learn about other families, faiths and cultures.

They learn how to keep physically and mentally healthy. There are many opportunities for pupils to contribute to school life, for example by leading collective worship.

Children settle into early years quickly and happily.

They learn to listen, share and take turns. Strong classroom routines and expectations are taught throughout the school. This helps pupils to focus on their learning and behave well.

Effective support is in place for those pupils with specific emotional and behavioural needs.

Governors are well informed about leaders' actions and the quality of provision. They support and challenge leaders in all aspects of their work to improve the school.

Staff are unanimously positive about the support leaders provide. They are proud to be part of the team.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Procedures to keep pupils safe from harm are strong. Leaders know pupils and their families well. Staff are vigilant to signs of abuse and neglect.

Leaders' records are detailed. Records show the proactive measures taken to support vulnerable pupils and their families. Staff are trained well and are knowledgeable about the risks pupils may face.

Pupils are taught how to stay safe through the curriculum. They learn about how to stay safe when online and when using social media. They learn about risks to their health and how to resist peer pressure.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a small number of foundation subjects, subject leaders are not clear about what children learn in early years. This means that children are not building on their prior learning as they enter key stage 1. Leaders should ensure that the knowledge, skills and vocabulary that children learn in early years are communicated to staff and built on successfully in key stage 1.

• In a few foundation subjects, assessment is not always effective in identifying what pupils know and remember. This means that some pupils do not learn and remember the curriculum well enough. Subject leaders should ensure that assessment is effective across all subjects.

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