Rothwell St Mary’s RC Primary School

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About Rothwell St Mary’s RC Primary School

Name Rothwell St Mary’s RC Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Siobhan Leonard
Address Royds Lane, Rothwell, Leeds, LS26 0BJ
Phone Number 01132828182
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 210
Local Authority Leeds
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Rothwell St Mary's is an exceptional school. All members of the school community consistently live out the school's prized values of reverence, resilience and respect. The school has very high expectations of its pupils, and pupils try their best to meet these.

Pupils achieve very well both academically and in all aspects of their personal development.

Pupils enjoy taking on roles such as being a buddy for other pupils in their class, being an office assistant or a junior journalist. Individual responsibilities like these help develop pupils' leadership skills.

They provide opportunities for pupils to demonstrate care and support for others. These roles help ...prepare pupils for life in modern Britain.

The school plans a wide variety of experiences to enhance pupils' learning.

These include outings to museums and places of worship. For example, pupils learn about the coast through a visit to Whitby. This allows pupils to make links between their learning in the classroom and real-life experiences.

This deepens their understanding of important knowledge.

Pupils are exceptionally well behaved and consistently show kindness towards their fellow pupils and school staff. Pupils say they are happy and safe in school and that bullying does not happen.

Inspection activities support this view.

Pupils are rightly proud of their school and their learning. Their positive attitudes to school life and learning are exceptional.

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

The school has created a well-planned and carefully sequenced curriculum. Leaders have identified the precise knowledge and skills pupils should learn and remember. Leaders are ambitious and frequently review the curriculum as part of their school improvement work.

Pupils can talk about their learning in great detail. They enjoy their lessons and recognise how they are getting better over time. Leaders and teachers use assessment well to ensure that pupils make excellent progress and achieve strong outcomes.

Children flourish in the early years. They respond positively to the clear routines and high expectations of adults. Staff expertly develop children's language and communication skills through a variety of stimulating activities.

Adults value the role of play and enthusiastically join in, much to the delight of the children. They skilfully create opportunities for children to practise turn-taking, cooperating and developing independence. Children leave the early years fully equipped for Year 1.

The provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is a strength of the school. Staff ensure that pupils with SEND can access all learning on offer, through careful adaptation of tasks or by providing extra support when it is needed. Pupils with SEND achieve extremely well.

The reading curriculum is highly effective. Staff have been trained and teach the phonics programme consistently well. Pupils who need extra help receive it promptly.

Books match the sounds that pupils know. Pupils achieve well and develop a love of reading. Older pupils embrace the challenge of reading complex texts.

They talk with enthusiasm about the wide variety of authors and genres for pupils to choose from.

Relationships between staff and pupils are mutually kind and caring. Staff take time to get to know pupils well.

They demonstrate the school values to support them in teaching pupils how to behave towards others. Pupils are keen to practise these values. Pupils are proud of their classmates and relish the opportunity to recognise the success of others.

The school's curriculum to support pupils' personal development is exemplary. The carefully planned curriculum teaches pupils how to keep themselves healthy and safe. Pupils' understanding of tolerance and respect for others is embedded.

They know that it is important to challenge stereotypes and to treat people equally. Pupils talk maturely about puberty and can demonstrate their understanding of healthy relationships.

There is a wide range of extra-curricular clubs.

Leaders ensure that everyone has the chance to take part. Staff seek out additional opportunities to develop the talents of pupils, such as piano lessons and BMX biking. All pupils have the opportunity to complete the Three Peaks Challenge.

This is an opportunity for pupils to demonstrate their developing resilience.

The school has strong relationships with parents and carers. Leaders have developed and implemented effective attendance strategies.

Attendance is significantly above national levels. The vast majority of pupils attend school on time, every day.

Staff are proud to work at this school.

They say leaders are mindful of their workload and care for their well-being. The professional development of all staff is prioritised. Governors are knowledgeable and experienced.

They know their school well and understand the importance of playing an active role in the school's work. Governors carry out their statutory duties effectively.

Parents appreciate the work of the school.

One parent said: 'I could not wish for a better school for my child. Rothwell St Mary's is a family with children and families at its heart.'


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

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