Our Lady of Lourdes RC School

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About Our Lady of Lourdes RC School

Name Our Lady of Lourdes RC School
Website http://www.olol.barnetschool.org.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Barbara Costa
Address Bow Lane, Finchley, London, N12 0JP
Phone Number 02083461681
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 227
Local Authority Barnet
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Our Lady of Lourdes is a happy and friendly school. Leaders have high expectations of behaviour and learning. Pupils are enthusiastic about coming to school.

They work hard and typically learn well, which can be seen in the quality of work that they produce in different subjects.

Pupils behave sensibly and the school is calm and orderly. Staff have positive relationships with their pupils and model respectful behaviour.

Pupils are kept safe, and the few instances of bullying are dealt with swiftly.

Leaders have designed a curriculum that is broad and ambitious. In most subjects, including mathematics, pupils increase their knowledge and understanding... during their time at the school.

However, in a small number of subjects, the curriculum is less well implemented.

Physical health is a priority and there are ample opportunities for pupils to develop skills and stamina during lessons, sports events and playtimes. For example, many pupils take part in a daily mile and recently took part in a 'mini-marathon'.

Parents and carers are effusive in their praise. Many commented specifically about the strong partnership between school and home, and the community spirit fostered by school leaders.

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

Leaders have constructed an ambitious curriculum that matches the breadth of what is expected nationally.

They have identified what pupils should learn and have sequenced this logically. For example, in physical education (PE), younger pupils learn to control a ball with their hands and feet. Older pupils apply this knowledge successfully when attacking and defending in different sports.

Learning across subjects is designed to enable pupils to develop connections and a deeper level of understanding. For example, pupils learn about the geography of the River Nile. When studying history, this knowledge helps them to understand the importance of the Nile to the Ancient Egyptian civilisation.

In a small number of subjects, the curriculum is not as well implemented. Although teachers have secure subject knowledge, there are times where teaching includes tasks and activities that are less effective in building on the knowledge and understanding that pupils have previously learned. As a result, pupils do not secure as deep a body of knowledge in these subjects over time.

Teachers typically check pupils' understanding of what has been learned. However, there are instances where this information is not used effectively to correct errors or misconceptions as they arise. This means that, for some pupils, misunderstandings persist in their work.

Reading is prioritised. The early reading curriculum is well established, and staff are trained to implement the agreed phonics programme with precision. Children start learning phonics straight away in Reception.

Weaker readers are quickly identified and well supported to catch up. Pupils are keen to share books and enjoy reading with an adult. Staff work closely with parents to help them support reading at home.

For example, parents can attend workshops and receive information packs.Pupils with SEND are identified quickly and supported well. Tasks and activities are successfully adapted to accommodate pupils' differing needs.

For example, additional resources are provided so that pupils are able to access the same curriculum as their peers wherever possible.

Pupils demonstrate positive behaviour and attitudes towards their learning. This is because there are clear and well-understood systems in place.

This begins in early years where children practise using their 'elephant ears' when listening to their teachers. Pupils concentrate and cooperate well with each other. For example, they share resources amicably.

Leaders have effective systems in place to check pupils' attendance and punctuality.

Staff provide pupils with opportunities to take on additional responsibilities and help others. For example, the 'mini-Vinnies' deliver donations to the local foodbank.

There is a well-designed curriculum in place to help pupils to understand the importance of maintaining healthy lifestyles and understanding different cultures. Leaders and staff promote the importance of regular exercise. For example, there are daily opportunities for sport during breaktimes.

Pupils' emotional well-being is supported effectively. Pupils know how to use the 'worry boxes' or to put their names on the 'zones of regulation' if they would like to talk to adults about their concerns.

Leaders, including those responsible for governance, have a secure knowledge of the school's strengths and weaknesses.

Governors understand their roles and responsibilities in holding leaders to account. They ensure that the school is meeting its statutory duties.

Relationships with parents are strong.

There are many opportunities for parents to be involved in their children's education. For example, in early years, they contribute to the information about what children are learning.

Staff are happy to work at the school and appreciate leaders' consideration regarding workload and well-being.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Safeguarding is a priority. Policies and practice reflect the most up-to-date guidance.

Training for staff and governors is frequent and relevant. This ensures that everyone understands their role in keeping pupils safe.

Pupils who may be at risk of harm are identified quickly.

They are supported well by staff. Leaders engage effectively with outside agencies when needed.

The curriculum has been designed to help pupils understand how to keep themselves safe.

For example, pupils learn about potential risks of working online and how to stay safe when walking to and from school.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a small number of subjects, teaching does not take sufficient account of what pupils have learned previously. The tasks and activities teachers set do not reflect the ambition of the curriculum.

In these instances, pupils' knowledge and understanding are not developed sequentially. As a result, they do not secure as deep an understanding in these subjects. Leaders should ensure that teachers are clear about what pupils have learned previously, and use this to build pupils' knowledge cumulatively.

• At times, teachers do not check pupils' understanding of what they have learned. Errors and misconceptions are not consistently identified or corrected, and so persist in some pupils' understanding. Leaders should ensure that teachers check pupils' understanding so that they are well supported to learn and remember more.

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