|Name||Our Lady of Victories RC Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Address||Clareville Street, Kensindton and Chelsea, London, SW7 5AQ|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||209 (55% boys 45% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||18.3|
|Local Authority||Kensington and Chelsea|
|Percentage Free School Meals||6.1%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||69.8%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||6.4%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (27 September 2011)
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Information about the school
This is an average-size primary school with Early Years Foundation Stage provision for children in one full-time Nursery class and one Reception class. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic heritages is well above average. The proportion of pupils with a statement of special educational needs is average although the proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities overall is much lower than average. Most of these pupils have specific learning difficulties or speech, language and communication difficulties. The large majority of pupils speak English as an additional language. A small minority are at an early stage of learning English. More pupils join and leave the school part way through their education than nationally. The school operates a breakfast club. There have been a number of staff changes in recent years. The school has achieved several nationally recognised awards including Artsmark Gold and the Activemark.
Our Lady of Victories is an outstanding school where pupils achieve extremely well in their personal and academic outcomes. Leaders, managers and members of the governing body work closely together with a shared vision for the school that puts the pupils at the heart of all the school’s work. Through perceptive and accurate self-evaluation the school knows its strengths and has successfully tackled key priorities for development. Since the previous inspection, the school has enhanced the quality of provision so that teaching and the curriculum are now outstanding. Excellent assessment systems are used to check the progress pupils are making. Assessment information from tracking and marking pupils’ work in books is used consistently in Years 1 to 6 to match work to pupils’ needs so that all pupils are set suitably challenging work. As a result, rates of learning and progress for all groups of pupils have increased and are outstanding. Pupils’ attainment by the end of Year 6 in English and mathematics is high. Together with the school’s success in promoting pupils’ consistently high attendance and maintaining excellent behaviour, these strengths show the school’s outstanding capacity for sustained improvement. Improvements to the Early Years Foundation Stage since the previous inspection ensure children get off to a good start in the Nursery and Reception classes. Home visits made by staff before children join, and a reduced timetable for children in the Nursery when they start, ensure that they settle quickly. Children’s progress is regularly checked and they enjoy the range of activities staff organise for them. School leaders recognise that occasionally, however, planning for the outdoor spaces does not use information from ongoing assessments to ensure that activities are tailored to children’s specific needs so that they make even faster gains in their skills. The school works highly effectively to ensure that all pupils are valued and enjoy themselves in the school’s caring and safe environment. Relationships throughout the school are very friendly and positive. Pupils’ caring attitudes towards one another, strong teamwork skills, respect for pupils from a wide variety of different cultures, generous charity fundraising, and regular reflection through prayer, show the pupils’ excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils take on responsibility extremely readily, for example as junior road safety officers and as play leaders. The school council recently conducted a survey asking pupils what helps them best to learn in lessons. They have shared their findings with pupils and teaching staff so that further developments to provision can be made. Extremely good links with parents and carers support pupils’ outstanding learning. Many parents and carers volunteer to hear pupils reading individually in school each week. In response to suggestions from parents and carers, the school organises regular opportunities for them to find out how well their children are making progress, and workshops to support them in helping their children’s learning at home.