|Name||Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||30 October 2013|
|Address||Ward Street, Prescot, Merseyside, L34 6JJ|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||234 (48% boys 52% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.3|
|Percentage Free School Meals||12.8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0.9%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||6.4%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is similar in size to an average-sized primary school. Most pupils are White British and speak English as their home language. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is below average. The pupil premium is additional government funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, those looked after by the local authority or children whose parents are in the armed forces. At this school, it is used to support pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or through a statement of special educational needs is average. A breakfast club operates on the school site and is managed by the governing body. This was visited during the inspection. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. All pupils make good progress and achieve well. By the end of Year 6, standards are above, and sometimes well above, the national average. Children get off to an excellent start in the nursery. They settle quickly and learn new skills and knowledge rapidly. All teaching is good and there is some which is outstanding. Teachers plan interesting lessons which are set at the right level for pupils of different abilities. Pupils known to be eligible for additional government funding, together with disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, make good, and on occasion, outstanding progress. This is due to the high-quality support they receive. Pupils work hard, behave well and feel safe in school. They are polite, friendly and a joy to be with. Parents have very positive views of the school and would strongly recommend the school to others. The headteacher provides clear direction and has the full support of his staff. Actions taken by leaders have led to improvements in achievement and teaching since the last inspection. Governors provide a good balance of challenge and support and continuously look for ways to further improve the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Sometimes adults do not ask pupils questions that make them think hard enough. Pupils do not have many opportunities to plan their own activities or use their own ideas. Leaders do not always make full use of the information available on pupils’ progress to help improve the quality of teaching and accelerate progress even further.