Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School

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About Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School

Name Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School
Website http://www.ourlady.bexley.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs C Byrne
Address Holbeach Gardens, Blackfen, Sidcup, DA15 8QW
Phone Number 02088504470
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 416
Local Authority Bexley
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils enjoy coming to the school.

They are kind and polite. They listen carefully to their teachers and each other. Pupils achieve well.

They are keen to learn and take part in lessons with confidence and enthusiasm. In keeping with the school's values, pupils behave with compassion and respect. Leaders and staff work hard to make sure pupils are safe and happy.

There is an expectation by all staff that pupils will work hard and try their best. Pupils rise to this challenge. They settle to their work calmly and quickly.

They cooperate well... with each other and enjoy learning. Pupils like the many visits and trips that support their learning. They are keen to share their knowledge with each other.

They like the way staff organise subjects to help them learn and they find learning interesting.

Pupils said that bullying is very rare, but if it does occur it is dealt with effectively. If a child has any concerns, there is always a member of staff who will help them.

The playground is well organised, and pupils get on well together. Pupils take part in many interesting activities, including after-school clubs.

Most parents and carers said that they find the school welcoming and that they appreciate the care given by staff.

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

The headteacher has established a strong leadership team. Leaders have thought carefully about what they want pupils to study and have made well-thought-out changes to many subjects. The school offers a broad range of subjects.

Subject leaders have received training in the skill of developing subject plans. These plans lay out the content that pupils will learn and the skills they will develop in each subject over time. Leaders are ambitious for the pupils to do well.

They have devised a curriculum that engages pupils' interest and deepens their knowledge. Leaders provide regular training for staff and ensure that teachers are confident in teaching their subjects.Leaders ensure that pupils take part in outings and visits to places of interest.

They plan the curriculum so that pupils' cultural development is enhanced. Pupils organise charitable events to raise funds to support charity organisations. The school provides pastoral support for pupils and families and ensures that all pupils have equal access to the full curriculum.

Pupils' behaviour in lessons is positive. Pupils move from one activity to another quietly. Teachers deal with low-level disruption swiftly, so that it does not disrupt the teaching of the curriculum.

Pupils listen carefully and contribute their ideas and opinions.

The school encourages pupils' love of reading. In the early years, children get off to a great start to their education.

Learning is well organised. A wide range of resources help children to develop their skills in English and mathematics. Teachers and staff in the early years start teaching reading from the beginning of the school year.

Staff plan interesting activities that help children to learn and practise phonics. Pupils in Years 1 and 2 continue to build on this firm foundation. Staff adapt the curriculum so that it is ambitious for pupils who experience difficulties and pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Pupils in all classes love reading. The school has ensured that there is a wide range of high-quality books for pupils to read. The two libraries and class reading corners are attractive and inviting.

Pupils speak about stories they have enjoyed. They particularly like listening to their teachers read. Pupils know their preferences and explained to me why they choose different books.

Pupils who fall behind get the help they need to become more confident readers.

Revised mathematics planning helps pupils to build up a sound knowledge of all areas of mathematics. Pupils embed concepts, because they use resources and pictorial representations to help them.

They explain their thinking and reason mathematically. Pupils enjoy the challenge of solving problems. They are able to use their in-depth knowledge of number facts and multiplication tables to help them.

In some subjects, such as history, subject planning is not as carefully thought through to help ensure that pupils learn and remember essential content that will be important for them to know for future learning.

The headteacher and the leadership team are respected by staff and pupils. They are well supported by a committed and knowledgeable governing body.

Staff enjoy working at the school. They said that their workload is considered. There are many opportunities for staff to undertake professional training.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Pupils are safe and know how to keep themselves safe. Leaders provide pupils with age-appropriate information to help them to avoid risks, for example when online or when out

in the wider community.

Pupils are taught the importance of following road-safety guidance.

Leaders with responsibility for safeguarding ensure that all staff have up-to-date training. All staff understand the importance of reporting any concerns accurately and promptly to safeguard pupils' well-being and they do so should any issues arise.

Leaders carry out all the necessary pre-employment checks before staff join the school. Leaders keep careful records. The safeguarding team has strong links with external agencies and ensures that pupils get any support they need as promptly as possible.

What does the school need to do to improve?

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Leaders and teachers have reviewed all subject areas. They have identified the key knowledge and skills that pupils need to learn in each subject in each year. In most subjects, pupils are helped to remember important subject content that they need for future learning.

However, in some subjects, such as history, what leaders want pupils to learn and the order in which it should be taught are not as well designed. Leaders should ensure that, in all subjects, planning and sequencing of crucial content embed knowledge in pupils' memory so they know more, remember more and can apply their knowledge to new learning.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called a section 8 inspection of a good school or non-exempt outstanding school. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find some evidence that the school could now be better than good or that standards may be declining, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will convert the section 8 inspection to a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the second section 8 inspection since Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School was judged to be good on 10 June 2016.

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