Holy Rosary Catholic Primary School


Name Holy Rosary Catholic Primary School
Website http://www.holyrosaryschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 05 February 2014
Address Oriel Drive, Aintree, Liverpool, Merseyside, L10 6NJ
Phone Number 01512886206
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 466 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.3
Local Authority Sefton
Percentage Free School Meals 7.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.1%

Information about this school

This school is much larger than the average-sized primary school. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. Fewer pupils than seen nationally are supported by the pupil premium. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children looked after by the local authority and children from service families. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have 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 school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school provides a breakfast club. The after-school club is provided by a private company off site which is subject to separate inspection arrangements. Reports for these provisions can be found at www.ofsted.gov.uk. The school is a member of the Maghull and District Community of Schools. The school is a National Teaching School, taking a leading role in the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and headteachers. The headteacher is a National Leader of Education, supporting other schools in helping them to improve. Two teachers in school are Specialist Leaders in Education for English and for the Early Years Foundation Stage. They also support staff in other schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. This highly successful school never rests on its laurels. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make excellent progress from their different starting points. Pupils throughout school, including the most able, achieve exceptionally well, reaching standards that are significantly above the national average in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Teaching is inspiring, imaginative and highly interesting. It is never less than good and much is outstanding. At times, pupils are not provided with information on exactly how to improve their work or opportunities to show that they can. The exceptionally positive relationships pupils have with staff help them to grow in confidence and mutual respect. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are excellent. They are proud of their school and feel safe. The school rightly ensures that the care and safety of pupils is of a high quality. The inspirational headteacher and other senior leaders have led staff and governors outstandingly well in a shared desire to make the school the very best it can be. They have continued to pull out all the stops in further improving the quality of teaching and the achievement of pupils in this outstanding school. Staff and governors work as one team for the benefit of all the pupils and morale is exceptionally high. Leaders and staff promote wonderful relationships with parents and the wider community and receive much praise for their work. A typical parent comment was, ‘I couldn’t ask for more.’ The headteacher and staff provide excellent support to other schools in helping them to improve.