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This is an outstanding school. The headteacher has established an excellent, cohesive team and the work of the school is monitored and evaluated robustly. Leaders, managers and staff at all levels are motivated and enthused through the highly ambitious priorities set for excellence in teaching and its impact on learning.
Achievement is outstanding. From skills that are broadly average on entry to the Early Years Foundation Stage, standards are well above average by the end of Key Stage 2. In particular, pupils' skills in reading and writing are exceptional and seen consistently in data across all year groups and in the quality of work in lessons and in books.
However, those skills are not alwa...ys used fully effectively so that pupils have opportunities for additional challenge through research and investigation. The quality of teaching is outstanding. In a third of the lessons seen, across both key stages, pupils' learning was exceptional, with a range of activities promoting collaborative and active learning, as well as opportunities for extended writing.
Use of 'steps to success criteria' for marking ensures pupils are very clear about what they need to do next and so are able to improve their work continuously. Parents and carers are overwhelmingly positive about behaviour and safety in the school. The focus on rights, responsibilities and respect gives pupils ownership of their behaviour.
The pupils show very high levels of engagement in lessons, with excellent collaboration in pairs and groups. Despite the lack of space in the outdoor environment, pupils from a range of cultures have excellent relationships. Professional development is aligned closely with the monitoring of performance and consequent priorities for improvement.
As a result, leaders and managers, including teachers at all levels, are driving improvement through systematic evaluation and analysis of progress data. The curriculum provides an excellent range of opportunities across all subjects, with rich opportunities for pupils' spiritual, moral, and social development. However, planning to build on the cultural strengths of the school and to deepen pupils' understanding of different faiths is an area for development.
Information about the school
St Anselm's is a Voluntary Aided Catholic primary school of average size. There has been a change of leadership since 2010, when the interim headteacher was appointed to the permanent post. The school underwent a significant building refurbishment in the academic year 2009–2010.
Over half the pupils come from minority ethnic groups and the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above the national average. Overall, the proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is above average, while the proportion of those who have statements of special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is also below average.
The school meets the current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress. There is an after-school club, managed by the governing body. The school has achieved the first level of the Rights Respecting School status.