Our Lady and St Joseph Catholic Primary School - the Learning Federation Partnership of Schools

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About Our Lady and St Joseph Catholic Primary School - the Learning Federation Partnership of Schools

Name Our Lady and St Joseph Catholic Primary School - the Learning Federation Partnership of Schools
Website http://www.olsjschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Executive Headteacher Gerida Montague & Co Headteacher Sarah Hendricks
Address 83a Ramley Road, Pennington, Lymington, SO41 8GY
Phone Number 01590672711
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 101
Local Authority Hampshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

This school is a place of harmony.

Behaviour and learning are exceptional. Pupils are extremely happy and highly focused. Leaders make sure that all pupils, and especially the most disadvantaged, consistently benefit from the superb opportunities that the school provides.

Leaders and governors have a clear and uncompromising vision to empower pupils to become 'architects of a better world'. This vision weaves its way through all aspects of school life. Staff encourage pupils to consider others, within the school and beyond, in all they do and say.

Pupils live by the school motto, 'God in our hearts, love in our words, family in our actions'. There is a tangib...le sense of social justice. Pupils stand up for what is right.

For example, bullying is extremely rare. Pupils take an active lead in making sure everyone treats each other with kindness and respect. Pupils feel safe and everyone is welcome.

Leaders are meticulous about what they want pupils to know, do and remember. Leaders' and teachers' energy is infectious. They are always looking for ways to make things even better.

Leaders leave nothing to chance with no stone unturned. Pupils receive an excellent academic and character education.

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

The curriculum is exceptionally well designed.

Leaders have crafted precisely what pupils will learn and remember in all subjects. They have made strong use of research to ensure best practice. Leaders have made sure that each subject is expertly sequenced.

This is then consistently embedded from the Reception Year to Year 6.

Leaders and teachers have high expectations for all pupils. Staff know the individual needs of all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Teachers know precisely what they need to do to support each pupil to learn new subject content. Pupils' work is consistently of a high standard, including in the early years. They are rightly proud of what they achieve.

Executive leaders work across five schools. Teachers describe this partnership as a 'blessing'. They appreciate the chance they have to work and share ideas with colleagues from other schools.

Staff feel well supported with their workload. They receive highly effective training to deliver the curriculum. For example, teachers attend regular cross-partnership professional development days.

As a result, their subject knowledge is excellent. Teachers expertly understand each aspect of the curriculum.

Teachers know exactly what to check to ensure that pupils' knowledge is secure before moving on to new learning.

This includes for pupils with SEND, who are very well supported to access the curriculum. Pupils recall past learning automatically.Teachers make sure that knowledge is embedded into pupils' long-term memory.

In history, for example, pupils confidently recall historical knowledge. They can discuss changes over time. For instance, pupils talked with enthusiasm about their detailed knowledge of Titanic's voyage.

Leaders make sure pupils develop a love of reading. They have selected high-quality books, with increasing complexity, for pupils to study. Leaders ensure that these carefully chosen texts reflect wider issues, inspirational people or relate to themes that pupils are exploring across the curriculum.

Pupils show great enthusiasm for reading and learning more.

Leaders make sure that children quickly learn to read fluently. Leaders have written their own phonics scheme.

Staff teach this expertly and with fidelity. Teachers build children's phonics knowledge skilfully. Any pupils who do need extra support are swiftly identified and helped to catch up.

Leaders cater for pupils' personal development exceedingly well. Staff foster pupils' leadership skills. Pupils are highly committed to their roles.

Whether this is writing a presentation for the climate change conference with their partnership schools or scanning books for younger pupils on the library bus, pupils care for all in their community. Pupils are also passionate about caring for those beyond their immediate experience. For example, they learn about the issues facing refugees and asylum seekers.

Leaders have worked hard on ensuring that their school is a safe place for all. Pupils have respectful attitudes towards others. They behave very well in class and around the school.

Learning is not disrupted. Children in the early years learn routines quickly. They listen carefully to adults and share resources well when working with their friends.

A committed governing body shares leaders' vision for the school They have an excellent knowledge about the quality of education in the school. They provide strong support and challenge to leaders. Parents and carers are unanimous in their unwavering praise.

As a parent wrote, summing up the views of many, 'Our son is thriving every day.'


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders, including governors, make sure that safeguarding is always a priority.

Regular training ensures that staff know what to do about any concerns.Leaders keep careful records. They act swiftly to deal with any safeguarding concerns.

Leaders support vulnerable families well, making good use of external agencies and charities when necessary.

Leaders have designed the curriculum to ensure that pupils learn how to stay safe. For example, pupils learn how to maintain good mental health and how to recognise risks online.

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