|Name||St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, Beeston|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||04 October 2010|
|Address||Barkly Road, Beeston, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 7JS|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||215 (49% boys 51% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||17.1|
|Percentage Free School Meals||11.3%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||23.3%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||20%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about the school
St Anthony’s, an average-sized primary school, mainly serves families within the locality. A similar proportion to that found nationally is from minority ethnic groups or has a home language other than English. Of these pupils, the largest group is of White Eastern European heritage. An increasing number of pupils come from other parts of Europe, mainly Poland. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is in line with that found nationally, but the proportion with special educational needs and/or disabilities is higher than average. These special needs relate to a range of barriers to learning, but are mainly concerned with language and communication difficulties and behavioral, emotional and social difficulties. More pupils join or leave the school throughout the year than is found in schools nationally. The school holds the Stephen Lawrence award for racial equality. The headteacher has been in post since the start of term and was previously the deputy headteacher.
The most important thing about St Anthony’s is that it provides its pupils with an outstanding education in a climate where all pupils, whatever their traditions, feel they belong. As a result, pupils’ behaviour is exemplary and their spiritual, moral, cultural and social development is outstanding. The inclusive ethos is exemplified in the way, for example, all pupils participate in the Christian assemblies and in the exceptionally positive response to the school by parents and carers, who engage fully with the school’s efforts for their children. ’My child loves school. The level of support offered to my child is far beyond what might be expected’ commented one, reflecting other similar sentiments. Care, guidance and support are outstanding as are the strong partnerships with other agencies, leading pupils to feel entirely safe in school The pupils’ attainment at the end of Year 6 is generally above average and has improved since the previous inspection. The school does especially well in science and English, and this year has successfully raised the performance of able pupils in mathematics. Assessment information is used exceptionally well to identify necessary actions and to measure their impact on the progress made by individuals or groups of pupils, such as those with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Pupils have made outstanding progress by the time they leave the school. Those with special educational needs and/or disabilities benefit remarkably from the well-considered support and also make exceptional progress. Pupils’ good basic skills and extremely positive attitudes to learning demonstrate that they prepare very well for the future, not least because of their exposure to business and the world of work through the school’s wide range of partners. The determined and inspirational headteacher and the committed staff team have been relentless in driving improvements in teaching and learning. Teaching is never less than good and is outstanding overall. The exceptionally well-kept environment with stimulating displays illustrates clearly the outstanding curriculum. The good Reception Year provision has excellent resources but the outside area is still too little used throughout the day. The school makes an exceptional contribution to community cohesion at all levels and pupils themselves contribute exceptionally well to their community. The promotion of equality and opportunity is outstanding and at the heart of the school’s work. St Anthony’s has clearly demonstrated its outstanding capacity to continue to improve through its sustained high expectations and the improvements made since the last inspection. Self-evaluation is very rigorous and staff, at all levels, are fully aware of the strengths of the school as well as the areas with potential for further development.