Our Lady and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

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Our Lady and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School


Name Our Lady and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
Website http://www.ourlady-stjosephs.rotherham.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 December 2014
Address Fitzwilliam Street, Wath-upon-Dearne, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S63 7HG
Phone Number 01709760084
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 245 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.0
Local Authority Rotherham
Percentage Free School Meals 11.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.3%
Persisitent Absence 8.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

The school is a smaller than average sized primary school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils, those supported by the pupil premium, is above average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is below average, as is the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average. Since the previous inspection, the school has had a temporary headteacher before the present headteacher took up the post in April 2013. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The early years provision for children is part-time in the nursery and full-time in the Reception class.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Teaching and learning are consistently good over time. Strong and determined leadership by the headteacher and senior leaders makes sure staff are focused on tackling weaknesses and improving all pupils’ progress. The strong positive relationships between teachers and pupils ensures lessons are purposeful and enjoyable. Children in the early years make exceptional progress from their starting points and are very well prepared to move into Key Stage 1. The school’s well-planned curriculum inspires pupils to learn and ensures they apply their basic skills, particularly in literacy, in other subjects. Governors’ detailed knowledge of the school’s strengths and key priorities for future improvement is used effectively to further challenge the school’s performance. Staff morale is high and there is an enthusiastic commitment to continue to raise standards and achievement. Pupils’ enthusiastic attitudes to their learning and their pride in their work and the school, support good learning. They behave well and feel safe. The school’s monitoring and tracking systems are effectively used to raise pupils’ attainment and progress. Disadvantaged pupils are improving their attainment and progress and securely closing any gaps between their achievement and that of non-disadvantaged pupils. Parents value and support the work of the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Achievement is not as high in mathematics, as in reading and writing. In this subject the most able pupils are sometimes insufficiently challenged and teachers’ marking is less strong in helping pupils to improve. Subject leaders do not always effectively monitor the impact of strategies put in place to raise pupils’ achievement.