|Name||St Aloysius Catholic Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Address||Twig Lane, Huyton-with-Roby, Liverpool, L36 2LF|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||343 (46.6% boys 53.4% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||20.6|
|Percentage Free School Meals||26.7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||2.3%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||14.2%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (16 June 2015)
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Information about this school
St Aloysius Catholic Primary School is larger than the average-sized primary school. Since the previous inspection, a new headteacher and deputy headteacher have been appointed. There have also been significant changes to teaching staff. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium funding is above the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after by the local authority. Most pupils are of White British heritage; the proportion of pupils for whom English is not, or believed not to be, their first language is well below the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. There were no pupils at the time of the inspection educated off-site in alternative provision. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is well above the national average. The school has a full-time Reception provision and a part-time 52-place Nursery class which operates every day for a morning and an afternoon session. The school has a number of awards including Artsmark Gold and the International School Award.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. The school is well led by the headteacher who, since her appointment, has quickly established a culture of high expectation and ambition. Her decisive actions have brought about significant and rapid improvement in pupils’ achievement in reading, writing and mathematics. Children get off to a good start when they join the school, ensuring that by the time they leave Reception they are well prepared for their transition into Key Stage 1. Pupils are well behaved and get along with one another very well. They are enthusiastic learners who enjoy coming to school and relish the challenges that their teachers set them in lessons. Pupils achieve well in reading, writing and mathematics as well as in other subjects such as history and art. The rich and vibrant curriculum gives pupils the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding across a broad range of subjects. The teaching of mathematics is a significant strength of the school. Pupils are increasingly developing their number skills to solve problems and investigations. Senior leaders and governors ensure that teachers, including those who are newly qualified, receive effective training and support. As a result, the quality of teaching is good. Pupils and parents agree that the school keeps children safe. The relentless work of the learning mentor has ensured that the proportion of pupils absent from school has reduced significantly. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Governors do not effectively check the impact that the pupil premium funding has on the achievement of disadvantaged pupils. Not all teachers have the highest expectations of what pupils can achieve in their lessons. In a small number of classes, pupils’ achievement in reading is not as high as in writing and mathematics. Not all statutory policies are systematically reviewed and regularly updated.