St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School, Swindon

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About St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School, Swindon


Name St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School, Swindon
Website http://www.stcatherines.swindon.sch.uk
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
Address Davenwood, Upper Stratton, Swindon, SN2 7LL
Phone Number 01793822699
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 230 (48.3% boys 51.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.3
Academy Sponsor St Catherine's Catholic Primary School (Academy) Swindon
Local Authority Swindon
Percentage Free School Meals 8.70%
Percentage English is Not First Language 29.4%
Persistent Absence 5.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 4.9%
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Since the previous inspection, leaders, including the governing body, have taken rapid and decisive action to address the identified concerns. Governors have an accurate view of the school's strengths and areas for further development.

They challenge and support leaders appropriately to secure further improvements. Subject leaders are relentless in their drive to continue to improve pupils' outcomes. As a result, pupils' progress and attainment is increasingly strong across all subjects.

In 2018, by the end of key stage 2, the proportion of pupils who reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths was above the national avera...ge. Pupils behave well. They have positive attitudes to their learning and work hard.

They are unreservedly friendly and honest. Relationships between staff and pupils are very positive. Children in the early years make a good start to their education.

They settle quickly because : of well-established routines. However, not enough of the most able children exceed the early learning goals. The quality of teaching is good.

Teachers use their skills well to plan exciting lessons that engage and motivate pupils. However, at times, the most able pupils are not sufficiently challenged in mathematics in key stage 1 and in writing in key stage 2. Teachers plan thoughtfully to meet the needs of pupils with special educational and/or disabilities (SEND).

The curriculum is well planned and provides pupils with rich and varied learning experiences. The curriculum motivates and engages pupils and contributes well to their personal and social development. Leaders have recently introduced an assessment system to evaluate accurately pupils' achievement in subjects other than mathematics and English.

They recognise that the system is still in its infancy and requires further refinements. Leaders are working hard to improve the attendance of the small proportion of disadvantaged pupils who are persistently absent. However, there is still more to do to ensure that these pupils attend more often.

Information about this school

St Catherine's Catholic Primary School is part of Clifton Diocesan Education Consortium. The majority of pupils are of White British background. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above the national average.

The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals is below the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND or who are supported by an education, health and care plan is below average. The school is designated as having religious character and received a section 48 inspection in October 2014.