Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School

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About Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School

Name Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School
Website http://www.ourladys.stockport.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Anna Core
Address Old Chapel Street, Edgeley, Stockport, SK3 9HX
Phone Number 01614805345
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 192
Local Authority Stockport
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Our Lady's Catholic Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are proud to be part of this welcoming school community. They greet their teachers cheerfully as they arrive each morning.

They enjoy coming to school because they know that staff take good care of them. This helps them to learn well and feel safe.

Leaders encourage pupils, and children in the early years, to strive to be their 'best selves'.

Pupils rise to these high expectations by behaving well and trying their hardest in class. They are delighted when they receive 'Bee Attitudes' rewards for their positive behaviour. They celebrate their classmates' ...successes with pride.

Pupils have learned the importance of respecting everyone. They know that their learning about tolerance and diversity helps them to treat each other with kindness and care. If bullying and name-calling should happen, leaders act swiftly to put a stop to them.

Pupils spoke with enthusiasm about the many ways in which leaders enrich their learning. For example, they were excited to have a video call with the author of a book they had recently enjoyed. They represent their school proudly in poetry competitions and musical performances at the town hall.

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

Leaders are in the process of strengthening the curriculum. In many subjects, they have set out an ambitious body of knowledge that they want all pupils, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), to learn and remember. This knowledge is broken down into smaller building blocks, which pupils encounter in a logical order from the Reception Year up to Year 6.

This helps to ensure that their learning builds on a strong foundation. By the end of key stage 2, pupils achieve well.

In a few subjects, improvements to the curriculum began more recently.

These subject leaders are still finalising their curriculum thinking. They are not clear enough about what pupils should be learning and when. At times, this leads to a disconnection between what leaders intend to be taught and what is actually taught.

In the main, teachers deliver the curriculum well. They explain new ideas clearly and ensure that pupils revisit previous learning often. This helps most pupils to remember what they been taught.

In some subjects, however, teachers' strategies to check what pupils have learned are less effective. This makes it harder for teachers to know whether pupils' knowledge is secure before moving on. Some pupils, including children in the Reception Year, learn unevenly as a result.

Leaders have high aspirations for pupils with SEND. Leaders identify these pupils' needs accurately. Teachers skilfully adapt their teaching so that pupils with SEND can succeed alongside their classmates.

Leaders and staff prioritise reading across the school. Pupils read widely and often. For instance, pupils in key stage 2 were keen to speak about their favourite novels and the poems that they had recently enjoyed.

Leaders have recently improved the phonics programme. Children get off to a strong start by learning phonics from the beginning of the Reception Year. Teachers ensure that pupils read books that are closely matched to the sounds they already know.

Well-trained staff support pupils who have gaps in their reading knowledge, including older pupils in key stage 2. This is helping pupils to catch up much more quickly than in the past.

Leaders set clear expectations for pupils' behaviour.

Pupils know that these expectations are fair. In the Reception Year, children settle into school routines quickly. As they move through key stages 1 and 2, pupils take increasing responsibility for their own behaviour.

Learning is hardly ever disrupted. At social times, pupils play together well. Older pupils volunteer as 'playground friends' to help younger children to join in safely with games.

Pupils appreciate the many opportunities they have to contribute to school life. They learn about democracy by voting for school councillors, reading ambassadors and well-being champions. Pupils who spoke to the inspector expressed their pride in being able to help others and to put forward their classmates' ideas to leaders.

Governors have a sharp understanding of the school's priorities. They have helped to ensure that leaders have the capacity to continue improving the school. Governors provide appropriate support and challenge to ensure that leaders' plans are implemented effectively.

Staff are proud to work here and feel supported by leaders. They recognise that there is a need to take on different responsibilities. Some staff told the inspector that, because of this, their workload can be challenging.

However, staff appreciate the steps that leaders have taken to reduce this.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Leaders and governors have ensured that staff prioritise safeguarding.

Staff are well trained to spot signs that pupils may be at risk of harm. They follow leaders' procedures for reporting any concerns. This helps to create a strong culture of safeguarding.

Leaders follow up any concerns thoroughly. They make sure that pupils receive help if they need it. This includes working with external agencies such as children's services.

Leaders work with parents and carers to help them understand potential dangers, such as how to help their children stay safe online.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a few subjects, leaders have not fully defined the most important knowledge that they want pupils to know and remember. This means that, in these subjects, teachers are not sufficiently clear about what they should be teaching.

This hinders pupils' learning. Leaders should ensure that they are precise about what they want pupils to know, and in what order teachers should deliver this learning, so that pupils develop a deep and interconnected knowledge of these subjects. ? In some subjects, including in the early years, teachers do not have a thorough enough understanding of how well pupils are learning the curriculum.

Some pupils develop gaps in their knowledge that teachers are unaware of. Leaders should roll out their plans to ensure that assessment strategies are well matched to the knowledge in the curriculum so that teachers can accurately identify any learning that pupils have missed.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the second ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in February 2013.

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