St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School, Lancaster

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St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School, Lancaster

Name St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School, Lancaster
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 23 February 2012
Address Bowerham Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4HT
Phone Number 0152463934
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 212 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.3
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 5.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 12.4%
Persisitent Absence 4.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 10%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

This school is smaller than the average-sized primary school, but its intake is increasing. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free schools is well below average. The percentage of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is below that usually found. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage and there is a below average percentage of pupils who speak English as an additional language. St Bernadette’s is a nationally-recognised Healthy School and holds Eco School (Bronze) status. It is also a Lead Assessment School for the local authority and holds the Learning Excellence Award for its creative curriculum and for transition arrangements from reception to Key Stage 1. The school exceeded the government floor standard in 2011, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The St Bernadette’s Out of School Care Club shares the school site but is not administered by the governing body. It is, therefore, subject to a separate inspection and receives a separate report which is available on the Ofsted website. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Key Findings

¦ This is an outstanding school, in which continuous improvement in all aspects of its life is the order of the day. There are high levels of teamwork amongst staff and a clear, shared vision for how the school is to move forward. ¦ The results for the Year 6 cohort in 2011 were the highest in the school’s history and maintained the high levels of attainment noted over the past six years. This represents outstanding achievement across the school, and for all groups of pupils, given their broadly expected age-related skills on entry to the Reception class. ¦ The quality of teaching is outstanding and is characterised by curriculum planning, which provides pupils with activities which meet their learning needs closely and which challenge them to do their best. Teachers’ questioning is sophisticated, encourages pupils to think deeply about the subject-matter and requires them to justify their answers with extended comment. ¦ Pupils comment that they feel very safe in school and that their teachers and teaching assistants are always there for them when they need help and advice. They have a profound understanding of the dangers of bullying in all its forms and members of the school council have been instrumental in establishing ‘friendship stops’ in the playground and also the ‘Safety Charter’, on display in all areas of the school. Attendance is continuously high and pupils behave exceptionally well in lessons and around the school site. ¦ The exceptional impact of the perceptive headteacher and senior team is clear: teaching is managed expertly and the creative curriculum now has an outstanding impact on pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Self-evaluation is accurate and leaders are aware that, if pupils’ achievement is to remain high, the further development of the leadership skills of subject coordinators, particularly in subjects other than English and mathematics, is of the essence.