St Ambrose Catholic Primary

Name St Ambrose Catholic Primary
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
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Address Leswell Street, Kidderminster, DY10 1RP
Phone Number 01562823568
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 198 (51.5% boys 48.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.4
Academy Sponsor Emmaus Catholic Multi Academy Company
Local Authority Worcestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 14.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 21.9%
Persisitent Absence 13.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.4%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (24 May 2012)
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Information about the school

St Ambrose Catholic Primary School is an average-sized primary school. The large majority of pupils are White British. Around a quarter come from a variety of minority ethnic groups. The largest group, at just over 11% of the school’s population, is from the Polish community. A fifth of the pupils speak English as an additional language. Many of these speak little or no English when they join the school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is broadly average. The school provides accommodation for a pre-school for three- and four-year-olds, and for a before- and after-school club for pupils. Both of these facilities are run by private providers and are inspected separately. In 2011, the school met the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress for pupils at the end of Year 6.

Key findings

St Ambrose Catholic Primary School is a good school which has improved since its previous inspection. Inspectors found that pupils work hard and make good progress, reflecting the positive opinions which most parents, carers and pupils have of the school. It is not outstanding because there is still some variation in the school’s assessment procedures and in the quality of teaching, and pupils are not always challenged sufficiently to improve their written work. Pupils achieve well. Attainment has been broadly average for a number of years, but standards are rising throughout the school. Improvements are most noticeable in mathematics at Key Stage 2. Pupils who speak English as an additional language make particularly good progress. The overall quality of the teaching is good. Good professional development and well-focused improvement initiatives have strengthened the teaching of phonics (the sounds which letters make), writing and mathematics. Teachers engage pupils’ interest through an interesting and creative curriculum. Pupils’ work is marked regularly, but pupils are not given enough time to respond to teachers’ comments or make improvements. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. They have positive attitudes to learning and enjoy school. Pupils say they feel safe in school because the staff care for them. The level of attendance has improved from below average to above average over the last year. Good leadership, good performance management and a shared sense of purpose and commitment from the staff have led to improvements in the quality of teaching and contributed to improvements in pupils’ attainment. Pupils’ progress is tracked carefully, but systems are over-complex and assessments are not moderated carefully enough. The varied curriculum contributes well to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.