|Name||St Bede’s Catholic Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Address||Canon Avenue, Chadwell Heath, Romford, RM6 5RR|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||441 (45.8% boys 54.2% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||23.8|
|Percentage Free School Meals||9.7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||10.3%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||9.6%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (05 February 2015)
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Information about this school
The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. There are two classes in each year group. Early years provision is part time in the Nursery and full time in the Reception classes. Two in every three pupils are from a range of minority ethnic backgrounds. One in four pupils speaks English as an additional language. Fewer than one in 10 pupils are supported by the pupil premium (additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or in the care of the local authority). This is below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The headteacher and deputy headteacher joined the school in September 2012.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. The headteacher is an inspirational leader. He has built a very strong team and together they have raised achievement and improved teaching further. Pupils make outstanding progress from their different starting points and leave school with standards that are well above average in reading, writing and mathematics. Large proportions of pupils reach higher levels of attainment because they are well challenged in Years 1 to 6. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make outstanding progress because the school identifies and meets their needs extremely well. A key feature of the school’s outstanding teaching in Years 1 to 6 is the high expectations that all staff have of pupils. This inspires them to do their very best. Teachers are passionate about their subjects and this engages pupils extremely well in learning. Behaviour is outstanding both in class and around the school. Pupils have exceptional attitudes to learning. Pupils remark how safe they feel in school, a view wholeheartedly supported by parents and carers. Pupils help one another to stay safe. Excellent training helps teaching staff to keep on top of their game. They are very open to new ideas and share best practice with one another. The governors are very knowledgeable about the school and challenge leaders to make it even better. Children achieve well in the early years. While good, the quality of provision outside is not as strong as inside. Occasionally the most able children are not challenged enough.