St Bede’s Catholic Primary School, South Shields

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St Bede’s Catholic Primary School, South Shields


Name St Bede’s Catholic Primary School, South Shields
Website http://www.stbedessouthshields.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Address Claypath Lane, South Shields, NE33 4PG
Phone Number 01914560108
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.1
Academy Sponsor Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust
Local Authority South Tyneside
Percentage Free School Meals 14%
Percentage English is Not First Language 19.1%
Persistent Absence 7.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.3%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (20 March 2013)
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This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.

Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school. The Nursery class is part time, running each morning. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. A small but increasing minority are from other ethnic backgrounds. The percentage speaking English as an additional language is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well below average. The proportion of pupils who are supported through the pupil premium is close to average. (The pupil premium is funding provided to support pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, looked after children and the children of services personnel.) Fewer pupils leave or enter school except at the usual starting points than in most other schools. The school is above floor targets.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils work hard and are very enthusiastic about their learning. Outstanding progress is made throughout the school and by the time pupils leave standards are much higher than those found nationally. These very high standards have been maintained year on year and apply to all pupils in the school. Those who are eligible for the pupil premium achieve particularly well. At each key stage the school is extremely good at making sure pupils are very well prepared for their next step. Teaching of literacy and mathematics is exceptional. Lessons are interesting and lively. Pupils know what is expected of them and get on confidently with their work. Occasionally teaching in some other subjects does not always present the right level of challenge for all pupils. Pupils’ behaviour is excellent. They are polite, confident and respectful towards each other and adults. Parents are highly supportive and feel their children are very safe in school. The ethos of the school is wonderful. Everyone involved, including governors, is passionate about the school and fully involved in its work. Everyone is proud of how they contribute to its success. Highly supportive teamwork led sensitively by the headteacher has enabled the school to look honestly and thoughtfully at how to improve further. Staff have worked successfully to improve the teaching of writing across the school. This has led to sustained improvement since the last inspection. A varied and interesting curriculum includes a wide range of visits out and events in school. The school is rightly proud of its achievements in sport. All pupils are encouraged to participate in a wide range of sporting activities, while the school teams continue to be highly successful.