|Name||Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||14 January 2015|
|Address||Kepler Street, Seaforth, Merseyside, L21 3TE|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||194 (44% boys 56% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||17.1|
|Percentage Free School Meals||46.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||7.7%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||33.5%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is smaller than most other primary schools. The number of pupils on roll has varied over recent years but is now rising steadily. Some year groups are smaller than others. Children in the Nursery class start school after their third birthday and attend for the morning session only. A small minority of children attend other nursery settings before joining the school in the Reception class. This number varies from year-to- year. A larger than average proportion of pupils join the Key Stage 1 and 2 classes at other than the usual times. Almost all pupils are White British. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is well above that in most other schools. At 68%, the proportion of disadvantaged pupils, those supported through the pupil premium funding, is high. (The pupil premium is additional government funding provided for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority.) The school has experienced significant staff turbulence since the previous inspection. A number of headteachers have led the school and for several terms the school was without a substantive headteacher or deputy headteacher. The current headteacher was appointed to her post in September 2012. The senior leadership team has changed since the previous inspection and most teachers have joined the school since that time. The early years leader joined the school in September 2014 and most other middle leaders are new to the role. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The governing body provides a free breakfast club for pupils who attend the school. The school has well-established links with the Strand, which is the local partnership of primary schools. Links have also been created with a local high school and Edge Hill University.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Effective leadership and management by the headteacher and other senior leaders has successfully improved the quality of teaching. As a result pupils achieve well and make at least good progress. Behaviour is good. Pupils’ positive attitudes in lessons make a strong contribution to their learning. Teaching is good over time and the impact of some teaching on pupils’ learning is outstanding. Disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs achieve well because of the effective support provided. Pupils new to the school are made very welcome. They achieve well from their different starting points because their needs are identified quickly and are met well. The curriculum captures pupils’ interests and imagination. Pupils enjoy being challenged to extend their knowledge and develop their skills. Pupils are happy and feel safe. Parents have a high regard for the way the staff care for their children. From a low starting point, pupils reach the nationally expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. An increasing proportion of the school’s most-able pupils are working at standards above those expected for their age. Children get a good start to their learning in the early years because teaching prioritises the development of their personal, social and communication skills. Senior leaders and middle leaders have an accurate understanding of the school’s performance. Regular checks on the quality of teaching take place and the progress of pupils is tracked carefully. Governors are committed to supporting the school to continue to move forward. They know the school well and provide good support and challenge for school leaders. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The quality of teaching is not yet leading to outstanding achievement overall for pupils. This is because achievement in writing is not yet as strong as in reading and mathematics. Some activities currently offered to children in Reception do not always support the best development of reading, writing and number skills. Some middle leaders are at an early stage in developing their areas of responsibility.