|Name||Holy Rood Catholic Primary School|
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
|Address||Greenbank Road, Watford, WD17 4FS|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||456 (51.1% boys 48.9% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.5|
|Academy Sponsor||All Saints Catholic Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||5.2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||16.4%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||9.6%%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Inspection
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.Information about the school
Holy Rood Catholic Primary School is larger than average. It serves the town of Watford.
Although the majority of pupils are of White British heritage the proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is greater than for most schools. The proportion of pupils whose first language is not English is close to the national average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below the national average as is the proportion of those with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
The Early Years Foundation Stage comprises a 60-place Nursery and two Reception classes. The school has achieved the Healthy Schools award, Artsmark and Basic Skills award. The breakfast club and after-school club on site are privately run and were inspected separately at the same time as the school.
Pupils love coming to this outstanding school. They are very proud of Holy Rood Catholic Primary, of its spiritual awareness and culture, and they feel privileged to be part of the community. The headteacher and her senior leadership team are exceptionally good at promoting the pupils' spiritual and moral development.
Pupils' excellent behaviour makes a very strong contribution to this positive ethos. Pupils are very thoughtful towards each other. They understand what is expected of them and are very polite and welcoming to visitors.'
Behaviour is outstanding and if anyone "monkeys around" it gets sorted out quickly,' was one pupil's comment. Parents and carers value the school very highly and speak of the 'happy environment' of the school. 'He could not have had a better start to his academic career, it is a truly wonderful school,' is representative of the many positive comments from parents and carers.
Pupils make outstanding progress throughout the school and leave at the end of Year 6 with standards that are consistently well above the national average. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities also make excellent progress because of the focused and planned support they receive which enables them to access the curriculum fully. Teachers plan very effectively, taking note of the needs of all pupils.
They ensure that pupils enjoy lively lessons often making strong links across the curriculum, particularly in English and mathematics, so that learning is relevant. Information and communication technology skills are well honed and often used effectively in a range of subjects. However, in a few classes, the well-developed skills that pupils have in English, mathematics and information and communication technology are not used consistently in all areas of the curriculum and, hence, opportunities are sometimes missed to improve these skills even further.
There is outstanding care for all pupils and their families. This includes support for families at particularly difficult times, and parents and carers value this. 'The atmosphere is caring, nurturing and stimulating,' and 'I cannot praise the staff enough for the emotional support given,' are comments reflecting the views of parents and carers.
The governing body and school leaders have implemented many changes in recent years, not least improvements to the buildings which have greatly enhanced the provision. Self-evaluation is an ongoing process involving all stakeholders. Improvements since the previous inspection, particularly in attendance which is now high, and the planned areas for further improvement demonstrate that the school has an outstanding capacity to improve.