Our Lady and St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School, Brooms


Name Our Lady and St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School, Brooms
Website http://www.ourladyandstjosephs.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 21 May 2019
Address St Ives Road, Leadgate, Consett, County Durham, DH8 7SN
Phone Number 01207503979
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 115 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.9
Local Authority Durham
Percentage Free School Meals 19.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.3%

Information about this school

This school is a Roman Catholic voluntary aided primary school. It is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is above average. The vast majority of pupils come from White British backgrounds. The previous section 48 inspection of the school took place in March 2017.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Leaders have not ensured that the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is consistently strong. Standards attained by pupils at the end of key stage 2 have declined over time. Governors have not acted quickly enough to address the decline in pupils’ achievements, or to ensure that the school’s curriculum enables all pupils to make good progress. Although now improving, the progress made by pupils across a range of subjects, including phonics, has been variable over time. Leaders have not ensured that the needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are met fully. Teachers do not plan lessons with precision to meet the different needs of pupils. Staff do not consistently adjust learning activities when pupils have misunderstood or are ready to take on more challenging work. Staff do not meet the development needs of children in the Reception year fully. Children do not make consistently strong progress. Staff miss opportunities to develop children’s interests and thinking. Leaders do not make the best use of the information they gather from their monitoring to improve the progress pupils make. The school has the following strengths Staff are addressing weaknesses in progress in English with determination. Pupils in key stage 2 are now improving their writing and reading skills rapidly. The personal development programme is a strength of the school. Pupils show respect and consideration for each other and for others who have different backgrounds to their own. Pupils attend school regularly and have positive attitudes to learning. They conduct themselves well and are keen to do their best. The school keeps pupils safe. Pupils trust staff to help them if they have a concern.