St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School

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St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School

Name St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Station Road, Shirehampton, Bristol, BS11 9TU
Phone Number 01179030352
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 194 (46.9% boys 53.1% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.1
Local Authority Bristol, City of
Percentage Free School Meals 7.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 32.5%
Persisitent Absence 6.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 3.4%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (18 October 2012)
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Information about this school

This is a smaller than average-size primary school, with five classes. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught in the Reception class. Pupils in Years 2 to 6 are taught in mixed-age classes for all subjects except for those in Years 2 and 3 who are taught English and mathematics in their separate year groups. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average; these include pupils with complex learning needs. The majority of pupils come from White British backgrounds with a small percentage from a range of other ethnic backgrounds. A below-average number of pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below average. The pupil premium is extra money given to schools by the government to support pupils who receive or have received free school meals, looked after children and children from Service families. The school meets the government floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The school has had considerable changes in staffing and in the membership of the governing body since the previous inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress across the school and so achieve well. Attainment in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6 has been rising. It is now above the national average for primary schools. Teaching across the school is usually good with some outstanding practice in Years 5 and 6 and in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Teachers are skilled at planning activities that allow pupils to learn in many different ways. Pupils feel safe, behave well, and enjoy their learning. The headteacher has been highly effective in leading the changes that have resulted in rapid improvements in teaching and pupils’ achievement since the previous inspection. She is now ably supported by senior leaders and the governing body. Pupils have excellent opportunities to develop and lead their own times of reflection and deepen their spiritual understanding. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers’ expectations of what pupils can achieve are not always high enough in Years 1 and 2. Pupils in Years 3 and 4 are not always clear about what they need to do to move up to the next level in their work. Those new to their leadership roles in school and to the governing body do not yet have the skills to be fully effective in helping to raise the pupils’ achievement further.