St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School

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About St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School

Name St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Ms S Jones
Address Foliage Road, Brinnington, Stockport, SK5 8AR
Phone Number 01614304601
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 224
Local Authority Stockport
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils at St Bernadette's feel valued. Pupils who spoke to us said that they enjoy learning in the calm and welcoming atmosphere that leaders have created. Respect between staff and pupils is clear.

Pupils said that leaders have high expectations of what they can achieve. Pupils, along with staff, parents and carers are proud of the school.

Pupils say that they feel safe in school.

There are strong relationships between school and home. Pupils behave well in lessons. They take great pride in their work and achieve well.

Pupils said that bullying did not happen at their school. They said that sometimes pupils fell out but teachers deal with any issues.... Pupils' overall attendance is improving.

However, some are still absent from school too often.

Pupils take part in a wide range of clubs for sports and music. They are proud of their participation in clubs that develop mindfulness and resilience.

One pupil told inspectors, 'I feel I can achieve anything because I'm part of a team.' There are also clubs to learn about life skills, such as cookery club, which pupils attend regularly and enjoy.

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

Published data shows that, over time, the achievement of previous pupils has been variable at the end of key stages 1 and 2.

Leaders and governors identified what needed to be done. They have taken the appropriate actions to improve the curriculum. Leaders have raised aspirations for what pupils can achieve.

The curriculum prepares pupils well for the next stage in their education. Current pupils achieve well across the curriculum. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) also achieve well.

This is because teachers and support staff meet their needs very well.

Reading is at the heart of the school. Pupils enjoy reading and achieve well in this subject.

Teachers' plans build well on pupils' prior learning. Pupils' reading books are matched closely to the sounds that they have been learning in class. By the end of Year 1, most pupils meet the expected standard in the phonics screening check.

Teachers promote a love of reading across the curriculum. They choose books that make links with other subjects. Pupils talk enthusiastically about the stories they have listened to or have read themselves.

In all subjects, teachers plan lessons that build on what pupils already know. This ensures that pupils gain skills and knowledge in a logical order. Subject leaders have thought carefully about the key skills that pupils need to learn in each year group.

Teachers' subject knowledge is strong. They are clear about what they are going to teach and how this will help pupils to develop knowledge. Pupils have many opportunities to practise what they already know before they learn new things.

However, as the curriculum has only recently been improved in some subjects, such as music and science, pupils have not had opportunities to deepen their knowledge over time. Staff in early years plan learning opportunities that build extremely well on what children can already do. This ensures that children learn more and are able to do more by the time they enter key stage 1.

Governance has recently been strengthened by new members of the governing body. Governors receive regular and detailed information from school leaders. Governors are proud of the work of staff and senior leaders in implementing the revised curriculum.

Staff say that leaders consider their workload and well-being. They also told inspectors that they feel part of a team with clear direction.

Pupils have opportunities which promote their ongoing personal development well.

Pupils learn about diversity in modern Britain through well-designed links to other curriculum subjects. For example, in history, older pupils consider attitudes towards others while studying crime and punishment. They understand that respect for other people is important.

Pupils are well prepared to be caring citizens of the future. The curriculum also enables pupils to explore and learn about different cultures, artists and musicians.

Pupils who spoke with inspectors said that other pupils behave well.

Pupils know that they should treat everyone with dignity and respect. In classrooms and around school, pupils are kind to each other and display good manners. Pupils' behaviour is good and there is little disruption to learning.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders make safeguarding a priority. They have ensured that staff receive relevant training.

Staff are alert to any safeguarding concerns. There are clear systems in school for recording and reporting these concerns. Leaders keep an overview of vulnerable pupils.

Parents commented on how well staff in school have helped them and their children through times when they needed support. Staff work very well with external agencies to make sure that pupils receive the support they need.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

A minority of pupils are persistently absent from school.

This prevents these pupils from learning all that they could. Leaders should redouble their efforts to ensure that the attendance of this group of pupils continues to improve, so that they are able to achieve well. .

The new curriculum is having a positive impact on pupils' learning in the majority of subjects. Leaders should ensure that their revised curriculum plans are embedded in all subjects. This will enable teachers to plan learning that deepens pupils' knowledge and understanding over time so that pupils can achieve equally as well in all subjects.

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