St Fidelis Catholic Primary School

St Fidelis Catholic Primary School

Name St Fidelis Catholic Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Bexley Road, Erith, DA8 3HQ
Phone Number 01322337752
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 458 (51.1% boys 48.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.6
Local Authority Bexley
Percentage Free School Meals 17.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 49.3%
Persistent Absence 2.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.7%
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leadership and management are outstanding. The headteacher and the deputy headteacher provide inspirational leadership. Leaders at all levels, including governors, are highly effective.

They have high expectations and are precise in their evaluation of the actions they need to take to improve the school further. Since the previous inspection, leaders have put the right actions in place to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. As a result, the quality of teaching is good and improving.

Standards are rising. Teachers and teaching assistants benefit from the excellent training and support they receive from leaders. Staff ...are highly committed to improving their skills constantly to benefit pupils.

They learn from leaders and from each other. The teaching of writing is a strength of the school. Pupils who are currently in the school make rapid progress and achieve very high standards in writing in their English lessons.

Pupils enjoy a rich, broad curriculum. The teaching of music, sports and art is particularly strong. Pupils achieve very well in these areas.

The curriculum is underpinned by the excellent work the school does to promote pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. By the time pupils leave the school at the end of Year 6, they have achieved standards that are above the national average in reading, writing and mathematics. Good teaching has ensured that disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities achieve well.

The early years provision is outstanding. Children make a flying start to school life. They make excellent progress from their starting points because of the very high quality of teaching and care that they receive.

The teaching of reading and mathematics is good and leads to strong progress for most pupils. In mathematics, pupils occasionally fail to make good progress because the tasks they work on are either too easy or too difficult. Pupils' writing in subjects other than English is not consistently of the high standard achieved in English work.

Pupils' personal development, behaviour and welfare are good. Pupils behave well around the school and are polite and friendly. Pupils feel safe and happy at school.

The majority of parents agree that pupils are well cared for. Any bullying incidents are dealt with swiftly. Occasionally, low-level disruption in lessons has an impact on the progress that pupils make.

Information about this school

St Fidelis is larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils who are eligible for pupil premium funding is below average. The majority of pupils come from a White British or Black African background.

The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average. Children in the early years are taught in two full-time Reception classes and two part-time Nursery classes. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.