|Name||St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||16 October 2014|
|Address||Riversmead, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 8DP|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||244 (47% boys 53% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.6|
|Percentage Free School Meals||7.4%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||16.4%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||11.1%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
This is an average-sized primary school. Nearly all pupils are White British. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs identified as SEN support is below average. The proportion of pupils who have a statement of special educational need is 4%, which is also below average. The number of these pupils who are supported by an additional education, health or care plan is very small. At fewer than one in ten, the proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well below average. This is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those in local authority care. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Major building work is nearing completion. The library and several new teaching rooms have been remodelled. In September 2014, several new teachers, including two newly qualified teachers, started at the school. There is a breakfast and after-school club on the school site, managed by the governing body.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. The headteacher’s clear vision of what she wants for the school and her ambition for it, are helping to create an environment in which all pupils can achieve success. Good leadership at all levels has secured good teaching and achievement. By the time pupils leave in Year 6, their attainment in reading, writing and mathematics is above average. Procedures to keep pupils safe and the behaviour of pupils are outstanding. Pupils’ excellent attitudes to learning mean they make the most of the opportunities offered. The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development exceptionally well. Relationships are characterised by high levels of respect and tolerance. Pupils are encouraged to take on leadership roles, both within school and in their local communities. These experiences ensure that pupils are given a good grounding for life which prepares them very well for life in modern democratic Britain. Provision in the Early Years is good. As a result of good teaching, children in the Nursery and Reception make good progress. They are well prepared for the next stage of their learning. Teaching is good. Lessons are well planned and organised to provide interesting and engaging activities. The school’s good curriculum is contributing well to the achievement and personal development of all pupils. Support for disabled pupils and pupils who have special educational needs is strong and enables them to achieve well. Teachers and teaching assistants work closely together to plan activities which support effectively those pupils who require additional assistance. Attendance has improved and is above average. Governors provide very good support for school leaders and are actively involved in checking the school’s work. They hold leaders to account for continued improvement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : While the more-able pupils make good progress, their learning is sometimes held back when they are set tasks that are not sufficiently demanding. Teachers do not always question pupils in a way that helps to extend their thinking and learning.