|Name||St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School (Hallam)|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||10 January 2017|
|Address||Firshill Crescent, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S4 7BX|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||469 (50% boys 50% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||20.4|
|Academy Sponsor||St. Catherine's Catholic Primary School (Hallam)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||22.9%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||62.9%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
Information about this school
St Catherine’s Catholic Voluntary Aided Academy is a larger than average primary school. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups or who speak English as an additional language is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above average. The proportion of pupils with an education and health care plan is also above the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards that set minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The school runs a breakfast club. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. The school became an academy in February 2014 and is part of the Our Lady Umbrella Trust.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school The headteacher provides exceptional leadership of the school. She is passionate and uncompromising in her determination to provide the best education for all pupils. Parents praise the way the school has transformed their children’s lives and helped them flourish. The senior leaders, including governors, share the headteacher’s vision and high expectations. Together, they have been resolute in overcoming potential barriers to learning and have broadened pupils’ horizons and life chances. This is truly an inclusive school. Pupils make exceptional progress from their starting points. Standards in reading, writing and mathematics are consistently strong and often well above national averages. All groups of pupils, including disadvantaged pupils, pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, those who speak English as an additional language and the most able, make excellent progress from their starting points. Children get off to a great start when they begin in the early years because of the outstanding leadership and provision. Staff form excellent relationships with parents and children happily settle into school routines. Teaching and learning are outstanding. Coupled with an inspiring curriculum, pupils want to learn and do their best because of authentic and worthwhile learning experiences. Pupils are happy, motivated and excited to come to school. They demonstrate excellent attitudes to learning. They are curious, resilient and engaged in their learning. Safeguarding is highly effective and pupils and parents have faith that their children are safe and well protected in a nurturing and inclusive environment. The school is outward-looking and determined to improve the education of pupils across the wider community. Leaders recognise the need to improve their evaluation of how additional funding is being spent in the early years. On occasions, pupils do not present their written work as neatly as they could.