St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School

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St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School

Name St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Adswood Road, Huyton, Liverpool, L36 7XR
Phone Number 01514778370
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 232 (51.3% boys 48.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 30.1
Local Authority Knowsley
Percentage Free School Meals 39.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.8%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (13 September 2016)
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Information about this school

This school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. A breakfast club is run by the school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school St Aidan’s has greatly improved since its previous inspection. The determination of the headteacher has driven the improvements in the school. The ‘family feel’ of the school is valued by pupils and makes a significant contribution to their success. Raised expectations and improvements in the quality of teaching throughout the school have resulted in all pupils making at least good progress. The enthusiasm of the acting deputy headteacher and growing confidence of curriculum leaders are having a positive impact on the school’s capacity to improve further. The governing body provides effective support and challenge to the school. It makes a valuable contribution to moving the school forward. Pupils rise to teachers’ expectations and benefit from the good teaching they receive throughout the school. Teachers’ subject knowledge is good and they check on pupils’ learning regularly. Pupils enjoy and benefit enormously from the high-quality physical education they receive. Pupils conduct themselves very well around school. Their friendliness and politeness embody the school’s values, summed up in the following phrase: ‘spreads happiness with a smile’. The caring ethos within school is shown strikingly by the way older pupils care for younger ones. Pupils enjoy school and feel very safe. Parents agree. Leadership and teaching in the early years are strengths. As a result, children have an excellent start to school life and make strong progress from their starting points. Pupils’ achievement in mathematics does not match that in reading and writing. Sometimes the teaching of mathematics does not capture and sustain the interest of pupils sufficiently. Pupils are not always challenged to think more deeply and practise their reasoning skills. Checks on the progress of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are not precise enough. As a result, school leaders do not always have a clear overview of their overall progress.