Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School, Church

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About Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School, Church

Name Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School, Church
Ofsted Inspections
Associate Headteacher Mrs Carolyn Mashiter
Address Bradshaw Row, Church, Accrington, BB5 4HG
Phone Number 01254233382
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 190
Local Authority Lancashire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils feel safe in school. They said that this is because teachers make this school special.

Pupils explained to inspectors that using kind words and actions helps them to be happy in life. They feel that they can be different in school and that everybody is treated equally and with respect.

Over recent months, leaders have raised their expectations of what pupils, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), can achieve.

Pupils enjoy learning and they are keen to try their best. However, leaders' work to address the historic weaknesses in the curriculum are at an early stage of development in some subjects. As a result, there ...remain weaknesses in how well the curriculum is designed and delivered, including in reading and mathematics.

Pupils are polite and respectful to school visitors. They know the school rules. If incidents of bullying or bad behaviour do happen, they are dealt with quickly and effectively by staff and leaders.

Pupils access a huge range of trips, visits and activities that link their learning to the wider world. For example, pupils can play sports, become a school leader, go on residentials to outdoor adventure areas, or be inspired by visitors such as Olympians and artists.

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

Leaders are aspirational for pupils, including children in the early years.

They have strengthened the curriculum to ensure that it is suitably ambitious. Leaders have considered what pupils need to learn to be successful. Despite these improvements, some pupils do not achieve as well as they should.

Some subject leaders have the expertise necessary to lead their subjects with confidence. However, other subject leaders lack the knowledge and skills needed to support staff to deliver curriculums as intended. This means that, in these subjects, teachers do not receive the support and guidance that they need to design and deliver learning consistently well.

This is not the case in the early years. Children in the early years benefit from a strong curriculum that prepares them well for the demands of key stage 1.

Teachers' checks on how well pupils are learning are not effective in some subjects.

As a result, some teachers do not routinely identify gaps or misconceptions in pupils' knowledge. In the Reception and Nursery classes, children are getting the right support to close any gaps in learning that they have when they join the school.

Recently, leaders have made a number of changes to the school's phonics programme.

While the weakest readers are now receiving more focused support, some staff are still getting to grips with how best to teach the programme. This means that some pupils do not learn to read as quickly or as confidently as they should.

Older pupils enjoy reading.

They have access to a wide range of engaging books. Staff encourage a love of reading. Older pupils spoke confidently about the books that they read in school and at home.

Leaders have ensured that reading is prioritised. Pupils benefit from hearing stories being told by enthusiastic staff.

Leaders have strengthened their systems to identify the needs of pupils with SEND.

Staff are skilled at helping pupils with SEND to access the curriculum. This is especially true in the early years. However, due to weaknesses in how well the curriculum is delivered, some pupils with SEND do not learn as well as they should.

Staff form positive and nurturing relationships with pupils. Pupils pay close attention in class and engage in the activities that their teachers provide for them. Classrooms are calm.

Pupils said that behaviour in school has improved. Pupils' learning is rarely disrupted by poor behaviour.

Leaders help pupils to be positive role models in their local community.

For example, pupils raise money to support local causes such as their local church. Pupils are keen to be involved in a range of religious celebrations in their community with those of different faiths.

Staff prioritise pupils' well-being and mental health.

Pupils are helped to regulate their emotions and develop resilience. Pupils are beginning to secure a deeper understanding of British values and a greater knowledge of how to stay healthy. They recognise that everyone should be treated equally.

Governors and leaders have an accurate view of the school. They are clear about the actions that they need to take to improve the quality of education for pupils. Some staff feel that leaders are considerate of their workload and well-being.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders ensure that there is a strong safeguarding culture. All staff are trained well in how to identify the risks and potential dangers that pupils may face.

Leaders are knowledgeable about the risks that pupils may encounter. They know pupils and their families well. Leaders have established highly effective partnerships with external agencies, including counselling and mental health services.

Those responsible for governance have received appropriate and up-to-date safeguarding training.

Pupils learn how to stay safe and who to go to if they need help. For example, pupils learn about the negative consequences of online bullying.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Some subject leaders lack the knowledge and skills needed to support staff to deliver the curriculums as intended. This means that, in these subjects, teachers do not receive the support and guidance that they need to design and deliver learning consistently well. Leaders should ensure that subject leaders are helped to gain the expertise that they need to support pupils' learning.

• Leaders have not ensured that some staff have the expertise to deliver the phonics programme. This hinders some pupils from becoming confident and fluent readers. Leaders should ensure that staff are skilled in delivering the phonics curriculum effectively so that pupils become fluent readers.

• In some subjects, teachers do not use assessment strategies sufficiently well to address pupils' misconceptions. This means that the gaps in pupils' knowledge are not identified quickly enough. Leaders should ensure that teachers are supported well to identify and address gaps in learning.

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