St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School

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About St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School

Name St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Vince Burke
Address London Road, North Cheam, Sutton, SM3 9DL
Phone Number 02083374566
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 464 (48.1% boys 51.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.0
Local Authority Sutton
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Main findings

An exceptionally caring ethos is a key feature of this outstanding school. As one parent commented, 'My children are happy and secure and see the school as an extension of their family.'

No one is overlooked, and the quality of care is second to none. The result is a happy and harmonious environment in which pupils feel confident and thrive in their learning. In this warm and welcoming environment, the pupils develop outstanding personal qualities.

Their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, underpinned by the school's strong Christian values, is outstanding. As a result, the pupils' behaviour is exemplary. As full stakeholders in the school, they willingly take responsibility f...or their peers.

Children get off to an excellent start in the Early Years Foundation Stage. A great deal is expected even of the youngest children, and they respond with enthusiasm and enjoyment. This enthusiasm continues throughout the school and is fostered by the adults' high expectations for all the pupils.

As a result, pupils leave Year 6 with attainment in English and mathematics which far exceeds that of their peers in the country as a whole. Pupils make good progress in their learning, and this reflects the good overall teaching. Much of the teaching seen was outstanding.

Occasionally, however, the pace of learning is too slow and in these cases pupils make slower progress. The curriculum is creative and stimulates all pupils, boys as well as girls, to use their imagination and write fluent and interesting pieces. The play-based curriculum of children in the Early Years Foundation Stage and in Year 1 is particularly stimulating and challenging.

The school promotes community cohesion exceptionally well, forging extremely effective links with organisations in the local area and with schools in Britain and overseas. Leaders and managers know their school very well and are exceptionally rigorous in their self-evaluation. Their planning is focused, in their own words, 'on developing the whole child', as well as on ensuring that pupils receive the highest quality education.

Leaders and managers have met every recommendation from the last inspection. They have raised attainment in writing, especially for boys. Pupils now take a central role in helping to make decisions and supporting their fellow pupils with any problems they might have.

The school's relentless pursuit of excellence, which has seen it move from being judged good to being judged outstanding, demonstrates its outstanding capacity to sustain further improvement.

Information about the school

This school is larger than average in size. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is lower than usual.

Around two thirds of pupils come from White British backgrounds, and the rest from a wide range of minority ethnic heritages. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is a little lower than average, and currently very few are at an early stage of learning the language. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is a little lower than usual.

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