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About St George’s Catholic Primary School, Warminster
St George's Catholic Primary is a nurturing school. Pupils are proud of their school and they feel looked after and cared for.
They are happy and feel safe because of the good relationships between staff and pupils. Pupils enjoy taking on areas of responsibility such as house-captains, play-leaders, school council and eco-group members. Pupils are delighted with their new vegetable composter, which they say helps make the school a better place.
Pupils develop new interests through the many clubs on offer which they enjoy, such as computing and drama clubs. Sport is popular with pupils and many take part in the varied sporting events that take place. Teachers plan visi...ts to make learning more interesting.
However, in lessons, some pupils are not supported well, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).
Pupils usually behave well at breaktime. Pupils play together cooperatively, and they say that new playground equipment has made playtimes more fun.
Pupils are adamant that they can be friends with anyone and they enjoy learning about different religions and faiths. Pupils agree that bullying does not happen very often at school. If it does, they say adults sort it out quickly.
Sometimes in lessons, pupils' behaviour disturbs the learning of others. This is because teachers' expectations for what pupils can achieve are not ambitious enough.
What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?
Leaders are beginning to identify the important things that pupils should know, understand and be able to do in each subject.
Leaders have recently introduced changes to the school curriculum. Some plans identify what pupils should know and when this is to be taught, so pupils build up their knowledge and skills. For example, in science and geography, plans are ambitious and show what pupils are expected to know and learn.
However, this is not the case across the curriculum. Some long-term plans are not securely in place.The writing curriculum is weak.
Pupils are keen to write but they do not have the skills and knowledge to write well. Pupils struggle to spell words accurately. Teachers are not checking misconceptions in pupils' work so pupils continue to make errors.
Teachers' expectations are low, and leaders have not prepared them for what needs to be taught in each year group.From Reception, children learn sounds and letters to help them read. However, teachers do not build upon what pupils know sufficiently well.
Staff do not make sure that pupils have reading books that match the sounds they know. Pupils who struggle with their reading are not supported to catch up quickly. Teaching assistants help pupils whenever they can but they have not received suitable training.
This reduces the impact of their support.Pupils with SEND do not achieve as well as they could. In some classes, pupils with SEND have work that is not adapted to meet their needs.
When this happens, they struggle to show what they know and can achieve. Leaders have not ensured that staff are supporting these pupils well.
Children in the early years enjoy learning.
They are enthusiastic learners and staff in the Nursery plan the curriculum effectively. Leaders have not checked curriculum plans throughout the early years so Reception children do not do as well.
Governors are keen to support the school.
However, they have a limited understanding of the strengths and weaknesses at St George's. They have not challenged school leaders effectively. They are not confident about planning for improvements.
They do not have enough awareness of the impact of pupil premium spending for disadvantaged pupils.
Teachers feel that leaders consider their well-being and make sure that their workload is manageable. Teachers at the start of their careers are well supported.
They receive guidance from more experienced teachers and are aware of where they need more support, especially in reading.
Pupils are prepared for life in modern Britain. They are taught about respect for others and pupils have a strong moral compass.
As a result, pupils get on well with each other in and around school. The school celebrates different religions and cultures. Teachers provide nurturing support for pupils who need help with their well-being.
Pupils know about healthy lifestyles and living in the wider world.
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.
Staff are well trained to spot signs that a pupil may be at risk of harm.
Staff promote pupils' welfare as a priority. They follow the school's procedures and policy for reporting concerns swiftly and effectively. Leaders act quickly when concerns are raised.
Leaders work closely with agencies, including the school's family support worker, to provide pupils and their families with support.
Pupils learn about safety in the personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) curriculum. As a result, pupils know how to keep themselves safe online and to use the internet safely.
What does the school need to do to improve?
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Teachers do not teach phonics well, particularly for pupils who find reading difficult. Training is not supporting teachers and teaching assistants to teach proficiently. Pupils who struggle to read are not given the support they need to catch up.
Reading books do not match the sounds pupils have been learning. Leaders must ensure that teachers support pupils who fall behind in their phonics understanding to catch up quickly. Leaders must make sure that pupils have reading books that match the sounds they know.
Teachers and teaching assistants need appropriate training, so they have the skills to support struggling readers. . Leaders have not yet put in place a coherent and sequenced writing curriculum.
Teachers are not clear what they have to teach and when in writing. As a result, standards in writing are too varied across the school. Leaders need to make sure that the curriculum is planned so that teachers can build upon pupils' knowledge sequentially over time.
. Pupils with SEND do not learn as well as they could. They are not able to access the curriculum and show what they know.
Leaders should ensure that staff are confident to plan and support pupils with SEND effectively. Leaders and teachers need to adapt subject planning so that pupils with SEND learn and remember important knowledge across subjects and achieve well. .
Governors do not yet have an accurate understanding of the quality of education. They do not challenge leaders well enough, especially about how disadvantaged pupils are managing the curriculum offer. Governors need to be more effective at challenging leaders and holding them to account, in particular about disadvantaged pupils.
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