St Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy

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About St Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy

Name St Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Executive Headteacher Mrs Sarah Smith
Address Lightwood Avenue, Blackpool, FY4 2AU
Phone Number 01253403232
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 223 (44.4% boys 55.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.4
Academy Sponsor The Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority Blackpool
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The acting executive headteacher and directors are passionate about improving the opportunities for pupils in this school.

Their commitment and determination have led to improved outcomes for all groups of pupils. The acting executive headteacher gives leaders appropriate support in taking the action required to meet pupils' needs. A broad curriculum develops pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness.

Teaching is good. Teachers accurately identify what pupils can and cannot do. Very occasionally, some pupils are not fully challenged to deepen their understanding and reach higher standards.

There is high-quality prov...ision in mathematics. However, this is not yet the case in some aspects of the teaching of reading and writing. Questioning by teachers and teaching assistants is a strength throughout the school.

Questions often help most pupils to think deeply. The school's work to support pupils' personal development and welfare is good. Pupils receive good support in overcoming their barriers to learning.

Pupils are well behaved around school and in lessons. They value the work their teachers do and feel very much part of a school family. Pupils and parents agree that the school provides a safe and secure learning environment.

Safeguarding procedures are effective. In most year groups, pupils, including disadvantaged pupils, make strong progress in a wide range of subjects. Some pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities have previously made slower progress than their peers.

New interventions and assessments are now in place to improve the progress of this group of pupils. Children in the early years get off to a very good start. They make strong progress as a result of excellent teaching, strong leadership and effective support for the children and their families.

Attendance is close to the national average. Leaders are supporting families to help some pupils attend more regularly.

Information about this school

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. St Cuthbert's Catholic Academy opened in September 2014. It forms part of the Blessed Edward Bamber Trust.

There are currently eight classes: a Nursery for 3- to 4-year-olds and classes for Reception to Year 6. The proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals is higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is lower than the national average.

The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is lower than the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is lower than the national average. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress.