St Charles Catholic Primary Voluntary Academy

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St Charles Catholic Primary Voluntary Academy

Name St Charles Catholic Primary Voluntary Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 11 September 2013
Address Bosworth Road, Measham, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 7LQ
Phone Number 01530270572
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 127 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.9
Academy Sponsor St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority Leicestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 9.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 15.7%
Persisitent Absence 8.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The school population is mainly White British although the proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups has increased to one third of the number on roll and is now above the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language has doubled in the last two years and is now in line with the national average. The majority of these pupils are from Eastern European backgrounds. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is well below average. This is additional funding provided to schools for children in the care of the local authority, those children known to be eligible for free school meals and other groups. There are currently no children who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below the national average. The proportion supported at school action plus, or who have a statement of special educational needs, is also below the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The progress made by the pupils is now consistently good throughout the school. From starting school with skills and knowledge below national expectations, the pupils reach levels of attainment above the national averages by the time they leave at the end of Year 6. The pupils have outstanding attitudes to learning and want to achieve well. The school’s leaders responded promptly and successfully to the dip in results in 2011 by improving the quality of teaching and learning. Most of the teaching is now good or outstanding. The school promotes outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and this has had a positive impact on behaviour. The behaviour of the pupils is outstanding in lessons and around the school. This is also the view of parents and pupils, and all say that the pupils feel safe and cared for extremely well. School leaders have created a very strong team approach with staff and with parents. This team approach includes governors, who are actively involved in monitoring the work of the school and working with staff to make further improvements. It is not yet an outstanding school because : A small minority of the teaching still requires improvement. Teachers do not always make clear to the pupils what they are expected to achieve in the lessons so they can assess their own progress. Presentation of work is not always consistently good, especially in subjects other than literacy and mathematics. The very able pupils in Year 6 have not had opportunities to push themselves further by trying to attain Level 6 in the national tests.