St Bede’s Catholic Junior School

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About St Bede’s Catholic Junior School

Name St Bede’s Catholic Junior School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Faith Tiernan
Address Appleton Village, WIDNES, WA8 6EL
Phone Number 01514243386
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 309
Local Authority Halton
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

As one governor rightly said to us, the school provides 'layers of opportunity' for pupils. Leaders have high expectations of all pupils. Pupils are keen to learn.

Most pupils give full attention to their activities. They make every effort to attend school when they should and to arrive punctually each day. Pupils take part in many worthwhile activities.

For example, pupils watch expert performances of Shakespearean plays and write letters to pupils in a school in India. They compete in table tennis competitions with other schools. Pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), achieve well in many subjects.

Pupils' attainm...ent in reading, writing and mathematics is above average. Many pupils, including disadvantaged pupils, attend extra clubs at school and develop their wider skills, confidence and talents.

Pupils that we spoke with are happy at the school.

As one pupil said of the school: 'The whole environment, it's a lovely place to be.' Pupils spoke positively of staff. For instance, one pupil said: 'When you're really struggling, staff will explain and help.'

Pupils said that they feel safe at the school. If another pupil is mean to them then staff resolve issues quickly. Pupils conduct themselves very well.

Their behaviour is very sensible and thoughtful.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Classrooms are calm. Leaders and staff make sure that pupils develop strong knowledge in many subjects, including computing, mathematics and science.

They fully include pupils with SEND in the life of the school. Education at St Bede's prepares pupils properly for secondary school. Pupils learn of potential future careers, for instance as video game designers, internet vloggers, doctors and engineers.

Through their education, they understand some of the key issues facing the world. For instance, pupils in Year 6 told us about the benefits of globalisation. They explained to us the challenges posed by climate change and deforestation.

While many pupils throughout the school remember well what they have been taught, some do not. This is because curriculum planning in some learning units is less well developed than others.

Leaders and staff successfully develop pupils' love of reading.

They provide well-arranged reading activities, events and reading clubs. Staff display a wide range of fiction and information books attractively in many parts of the school. Teachers select books carefully and read these aloud regularly to their classes.

Older pupils spoke to us with confidence and understanding about their favourite books. Pupils' attainment in reading in Year 6 is above average. Even so, some less-able younger pupils struggle to make words from letter sounds.

As with some other subjects, curriculum planning in phonics could be better.

Leaders and staff make first-rate provision for pupils' personal development. They help pupils to become confident, respectful citizens.

Pupils respect other people, such as disabled people or those who are elderly or seeking asylum. Most pupils attend extra-curricular clubs at the school. This helps them to develop a wide range of valuable skills.

Pupils told us that they are grateful to staff for providing these clubs. Leaders organise many other important experiences for pupils, including for disadvantaged pupils. These activities include annual residential trips and educational visits to theatres, the zoo and the law courts.

Pupils represented themselves and their school extremely well when they met with us. This matches their exemplary conduct at other times. Pupils show much self-control when they gather for lessons in classrooms or move along corridors.

Staff arrange many voluntary roles for pupils. These roles help pupils to contribute greatly to the work of the school and the local community. They learn to be responsible and thoughtful.

They are proud to be a pupil at St Bede's.

Leaders help staff to understand the school's vision and priorities for improving pupils' education. Leaders ensure that staff's workload is reasonable.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

The pastoral team give a strong lead to the school's work to safeguard pupils. Leaders and staff give pupils proper support for their safety and feelings.

Leaders keep clear records of safeguarding issues. They link with other agencies to protect pupils whenever necessary. Governors, leaders and staff have a clear understanding of the risks to pupils' safety.

For instance, they understand the dangers to pupils when they use the internet. Staff give pupils, parents and carers lots of information about safe online behaviour.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

After studying some units of work, pupils do not fully remember their learning.

They do not know as much as they should. Leaders should make certain that staff plan all units of work as well as others. This will mean that teaching helps pupils to remember their learning in the long term and to integrate new knowledge into broader ideas.

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