Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Henley-on-Thames

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Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Henley-on-Thames


Name Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Henley-on-Thames
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Greys Hill, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1SL
Phone Number 01491572796
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 155 (56.8% boys 43.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.8
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 11%
Percentage English is Not First Language 27.3%
Persistent Absence 12.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.4%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (05 October 2016)
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Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. This is a smaller-than-average primary school. There is one class in each of Years 1 to 6 and a full-time Reception class. Most pupils are of White British origin, with small numbers from a range of other ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below average but increasing. Just under half of the Reception class speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is below the national average. The proportion of pupils with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is below the national average. The school meets the government?s 2015 floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils? attainment and progress. The school shares its site with a private pre-school, which was not included in this inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Sacred Heart Catholic Primary is a friendly and caring school in which pupils are happy and thrive. It embodies its motto ?to grow in wisdom and grace?. There is strong support from parents, several of whom described the school as ?fantastic?. School leaders, under the energetic and inspirational leadership of the headteacher and with strong support from the governing body, have brought about rapid improvements in the quality of teaching. Standards have risen across all year groups in reading, writing and mathematics. Teaching is good and described as ?fun? by pupils. Children get off to a very secure start in the early years, where the teaching and organisation are strengths. Pupils, including those who are disadvantaged or who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, make at least good progress from their different starting points across the school. Teachers have mainly responded well to the requirements of the new national curriculum and assessment systems for all subjects. Results in the most recent national tests confirm this. Pupils? safety, welfare and personal development are given a high priority by the school. The promotion of pupils? spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, including British values, permeates all aspects of school life. Pupils are very well prepared for the next stage of their education. Pupils are known by staff and their individual needs catered for very well. Pupils feel safe and secure and enjoy coming to school as attested by their regular attendance and eagerness to learn. Their behaviour, positive attitudes and eagerness to learn are exemplary. Governance is extremely effective and has contributed in no small way to the rapid improvement of the school. The teaching of the most able pupils has been a focus of the school, with some success. Sometimes, however, the most able pupils are not given enough challenging work, which slows their progress. Although pupils? results were above national averages in most respects in 2016, no Year 2 pupils were assessed as working at a greater depth in mathematics.