Our Lady Mother of the Saviour Catholic Primary School

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About Our Lady Mother of the Saviour Catholic Primary School

Name Our Lady Mother of the Saviour Catholic Primary School
Website http://www.ourladysruncorn.halton.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Janet Ward
Address Lapwing Grove, Palacefields, Runcorn, WA7 2TP
Phone Number 01928711921
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 187
Local Authority Halton
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Our Lady Mother of the Saviour Catholic Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils thrive in this school because of the positive relationships that they have with staff and each other. Pupils know they are important and that they have a voice. They develop self-confidence because staff help them to feel good about themselves.

Pupils who have joined the school recently said they were made to feel welcome and made friends easily.

Pupils understand that leaders expect them to do their best. Pupils work hard and behave well to meet leaders' high expectations.

Pupils said that they enjoy challenging work because someone ...will help them if they need it. They achieve well in a range of subjects.

Pupils understand the importance of respect.

They know that if they share concerns, staff will do their best to help them. Pupils appreciate spending time in 'The Den' or 'The Snug', where they can talk to an adult about anything that is bothering them. This helps them to feel safe.

Pupils are confident that if bullying should happen, staff would sort it out quickly.

Pupils play an active part in the local community. They take pride in organising charity events, such as 'Crazy Hair Day', to raise funds for refugees.

Pupils exemplify the school's code of being 'kind, respectful and honest'.

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

Despite the many challenges posed by the pandemic, leaders have continued to review and improve the curriculum. They have designed a curriculum that is interesting and ambitious for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Leaders have identified the important knowledge that they want pupils, including children in the early years, to learn and the order in which they should learn it. Many subject leaders have strong curriculum expertise. This enables them to support teachers effectively to check that pupils know and remember the intended content.

Teachers use assessment strategies well to uncover and to address pupils' misconceptions.

That said, in a few subjects, subject leaders do not provide enough guidance to help teachers to deliver these curriculums as well. This hinders teachers in designing learning that supports pupils to remember the content of the curriculum and to deepen their understanding over time.

Leaders have placed a high priority on ensuring that pupils learn to read well. They have established a clear phonics programme and ensured that staff are trained to deliver it effectively. Children learn sounds and letters from the start of the Reception Year.

Staff keep a close eye on how well pupils are doing and no time is wasted in providing support for any pupils who fall behind. However, very occasionally, pupils' reading fluency is hampered because the books that they are given to practise their reading are too difficult.

Older pupils enjoy the books that their teachers read to them and appreciate the high-quality books available for them to read independently.

By the end of Year 6, almost all pupils develop strong comprehension skills.

Leaders ensure that the needs of pupils with SEND are identified early. Staff make adaptations to their teaching approaches so that pupils with SEND access the full curriculum and achieve well.

Leaders provide high-quality support to help pupils who sometimes struggle with their conduct. Pupils demonstrate positive attitudes to learning and behave well around school. Consequently, lessons are rarely disrupted by poor behaviour.

Leaders provide a range of opportunities for pupils to expand their horizons and to learn more about the wider world. Leaders' work to encourage pupils to play a part in the life of the school enables them to become active citizens and to develop empathy for others.

Staff are resoundingly positive about working at the school.

They value the opportunities that they have for professional development. Staff appreciate that their well-being is considered by school leaders.

Parents and carers hold the school in high regard.

They value the quality of education provided and the care that their children receive.

Governors are committed and dedicated to their role. Several governors are newly appointed.

They are undertaking training so that they can develop further how they hold leaders to account for the quality of education.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders provide staff with regular safeguarding training, including about matters relating to peer-on-peer abuse.

This ensures that staff can spot potential signs that indicate that a pupil could be at risk or suffering from harm.

Leaders work effectively with outside agencies to access appropriate and timely support for vulnerable pupils. Staff also work together with families to provide advice and to signpost them to sources of additional help when needed.

Parents appreciate leaders' approachability.

Pupils have many opportunities to learn how to keep themselves safe, including learning how to stay safe online and in the wider community.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Occasionally, the books that some younger pupils are given to practise their reading are too difficult.

This can cause these pupils to lose confidence and delays the development of their reading fluency. Leaders should ensure that the books that pupils are given to read are correctly matched to their phonics knowledge, so that a greater proportion of pupils read with confidence and accuracy by the end of Year 2. ? In a small number of subjects, leaders have not ensured that teachers have sufficient guidance to deliver curriculums effectively.

This hinders teachers in designing learning that helps pupils to know and remember the intended curriculum. Leaders should ensure that teachers have the guidance that they need to develop their subject-specific knowledge in order to deliver the intended curriculums well.


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

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the section 8 inspection as a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the second section 8 inspection since we judged the school to be good in March 2012.

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