St Catherine’s Church of England Primary School

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About St Catherine’s Church of England Primary School

Name St Catherine’s Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Hazel Leslie
Address Park Road, Ware, SG12 0AW
Phone Number 01920462653
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary controlled school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 393
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders and governors have been highly effective in addressing the school's previous weaknesses. As a result, the school is now clearly good and improving. The quality of teaching has improved as a result of the actions taken by leaders.

Teaching is now consistently good throughout the school, and outstanding in the early years. As a result of improved teaching, pupils are now making much better progress. Results of the 2018 national tests were above the national average in reading, writing and mathematics.

Safeguarding is effective. Leaders have ensured that staff are properly trained and that they know how to report child protection con...cerns when they arise. Governors know the school's strengths and weaknesses well.

They hold leaders fully to account and have played an active part in raising standards. Leaders and governors have ensured that pupils benefit from a suitable curriculum. The school's interesting curriculum motivates pupils and provides them with a good range of knowledge and experiences.

The excellent early years provision gets children's educational careers off to a flying start. Pupils feel safe from bullying. They know that they should always tell an adult if they are concerned about bullying.

Pupils know that staff will sort issues out quickly. Pupils behave very well both in their classrooms and during less structured parts of the school day. They play and cooperate well together.

The most able pupils are not routinely challenged sufficiently in lessons. When this is the case, some pupils become restless and lose focus. Systems for recording behaviour and other incidents are not sufficiently well developed.

Records do not allow leaders and governors to check for patterns of behaviour. Until recently, although improving, pupils' outcomes were below the national average in reading, writing and mathematics.

Information about this school

The school meets current floor standards.

These are the minimum standards, set by the government, for pupils' progress and attainment by the end of Year 6. The school meets the Department for Education's definition of a coasting school based on key stage 2 academic performance results in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The school has expanded since the previous inspection and there are now two classes in each year group from Reception to Year 6.

There are now an additional 100 pupils on the school's roll. The major building work that was in progress at the time of the previous inspection has been completed. The school now has purpose-built accommodation for upper key stage 2 and for the early years.

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