Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Hartlepool

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Name Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Hartlepool
Website https://sacredheart.bhcet.org.uk
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
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Acting Headteacher Mrs Amanda Howell
Address Hart Lane, Hartlepool, TS26 8NL
Phone Number 01429272684
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Not applicable
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 423 (50.4% boys 49.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.2
Academy Sponsor Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust
Local Authority Hartlepool
Highlights from Latest Inspection
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Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement The school's systems and procedures to assess pupils' progress require development. Leaders do not have a clear view of the progress made by pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), disadvantaged pupils and the most able pupils.

Teachers, including those in the early years, do not use their knowledge of pupils' skills and abilities well enough to plan for their next steps in learning. They do not have high enough expectations of the pupils. The quality of the curriculum in the foundation subjects, such as geography, history and computing, is inconsistent.

The role of the subje...ct leader in school is underdeveloped. Writing skills are not developed rapidly in the early years. Pupils do not gain phonics and early reading skills rapidly enough.

They do not get enough practice reading books which contain the sounds that they have been taught. As a result, they do not become confident readers quickly. Governors do not ask for enough information about the standards pupils reach and the progress pupils make.

As a result, they do not challenge underperformance with sufficient rigour. Disadvantaged pupils do not attend school often enough. They miss valuable learning opportunities and do not make as much progress as their peers in school.

The school has the following strengths Since the beginning of the academic year, senior leaders have taken effective action to improve the quality of mathematics across the school. Successful actions to raise the quality of pupils' writing this term have led to an immediate improvement in pupils' writing in key stage 1 and Years 5 and 6. Pupils benefit from high-quality physical education (PE), performing arts lessons and extra-curricular activities.

Parents and carers are overwhelmingly supportive of the school. Pupils are proud to attend. They behave well and are kind and courteous to their friends, teachers and visitors.

Information about this school

The school is much larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils with SEND and who receive support is above average. The proportion with education, health and care plans is below average.

The proportion of disadvantaged pupils, those eligible for support through pupil premium funding, is well below average. Most pupils, approximately nine-tenths, speak English as their first language. The school is of Roman Catholic religious character.

The last diocesan inspection, a section 48 inspection, took place on 13–14 June 2018. The headteacher took up post in February 2018. A new deputy headteacher joined the school in September 2018.