|Name||St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Address||Park Road, Smethwick, B67 5HX|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||237 (47.7% boys 52.3% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||22.6|
|Academy Sponsor||St Catherine Of Siena Multi Academy Company|
|Percentage Free School Meals||11%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||30%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||11.7%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
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Information about this school
St Gregory’s is an average-sized primary school for pupils aged 3 to 11. It is part of the Saint Catherine of Siena multi-academy company, which consists of four Catholic primary schools in Sandwell. An academy committee oversees the work of the school on behalf of the board of trustees. Although pupils at the school come from 19 different ethnic groups, the majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is below average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is below average. Children in the early years attend the Nursery part time and the Reception class full time. A before- and after-school club operates at the school. It is not managed by the governing body. This private provision is inspected and reported upon separately.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school Senior and middle leaders have established an infectious culture of high aspiration for all pupils. Their work to improve the school is restless, relentless and reflective. They are very well supported by other staff, who are unwavering in their commitment to all pupils achieving their very best. A rich and interesting curriculum, coupled with highly effective teaching, helps pupils to develop a real love of learning. Pupils thrive at the school. They are eager and respond enthusiastically to inspiring lessons. They make excellent progress across a wide range of subjects during their time at school. Pupils usually behave impeccably. They are courteous, kind and thoughtful. Their movement around the school is exemplary. Pupils enjoy school and the exciting opportunities it brings. Staff provide high levels of support and individual care for all pupils. Staff in the school know pupils very well and have built excellent and trusting relationships. Pupils are confident, safe and happy learners. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are supported very well and make excellent progress. Disadvantaged pupils usually do as well as other pupils in the school. Leaders have a detailed understanding of the school’s strengths and the areas that could be better still. They are very active in checking on the quality of education being provided for pupils. Pupils achieve excellent outcomes. Most join school with levels of development broadly typical for their age. Pupils do very well in the phonics screening check and in their key stage 1 tests. By the time they leave Year 6, nearly all pupils achieve or exceed the expected standards in reading, writing and mathematics. Some pupils in key stage 2 do not spell accurately enough when writing in foundation subjects. Leaders have worked hard to improve early years provision. It gives children a good start to their school life. Opportunities to learn outdoors are underdeveloped. In Reception, assessment is not used fully enough to plan next steps in learning. Governance is effective. An academy committee oversees the work of the school well. Its members use accurate and detailed information about pupils’ well-being and performance to hold senior leaders to account.