Leigh St Mary’s CofE Primary School

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About Leigh St Mary’s CofE Primary School

Name Leigh St Mary’s CofE Primary School
Website http://www.leighstmarys.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Sarah Watson
Address Walmesley Road, Leigh, WN7 1YE
Phone Number 01942673889
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 209
Local Authority Wigan
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Since the last inspection, the school has become an all-through primary.

Despite a period of instability due to the addition of key stage 2 classes, leaders provide clear direction for the school and a calm, welcoming environment. Governors have an accurate understanding of the school's performance. Their monitoring of actions taken by leaders, including their use of additional funding, is effective.

Leaders at all levels ensure a rich and varied curriculum. Worthwhile activities in many subjects allow pupils to deepen their skills, knowledge and understanding. Staff receive regular training and feedback to improve their teaching skills.<...br/>
Teaching across the school, and in a wide range of subjects, is good and some is highly effective. The teaching of mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem-solving is strong. Pupils make good progress in mathematics.

The teaching of phonics is effective. This contributes to pupils making good progress in reading across the school. The school's work to ensure that disadvantaged pupils make good progress is having a positive impact.

Parents and carers comment very positively on school life. Pupils' personal development and welfare are outstanding. Staff show the highest level of care for pupils, including for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Pupils' behaviour is excellent. They conduct themselves well and are polite, respectful and interested in learning. The school's procedures to keep pupils safe and to support their welfare are highly effective.

Relationships between adults and pupils are strong. The provision for pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent and contributes significantly to their enjoyment of school. Pupils are prepared well for life in modern Britain.

Subject leaders check on the quality of teaching, they organise training and they provide staff with advice. Their work in evaluating the impact of teaching on pupils' progress across the school is effective. Children in the early years make good progress in most aspects of their learning.

However, a proportion of pupils do not achieve a good level of development by the end of Reception. In some classes, teachers do not challenge pupils, particularly the most able, to write sufficiently.

Information about this school

This is a smaller-than-average sized primary school.

Currently, the school has no Year 6 pupils. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is in line with the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is above the national average.

The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is also below the national average. The inspection carried out under Section 48 of the Education Acts 2005 and 2011 was conducted in November 2018.

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