|Name||St James the Great RC Primary and Nursery School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Address||St. James the Great School, Windsor Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 8HJ|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||463 (45.4% boys 54.6% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||26.1|
|Academy Sponsor||St. James The Great R.C. Primary And Nursery School|
|Percentage Free School Meals||6.9%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||60%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||10%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (24 October 2012)
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Information about this school
This is a larger than average primary school with a diverse community and ethnic mix. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is three times the national average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for extra government funding through the pupil premium is lower than average. The proportion of pupils who need extra help is broadly average. St James the Great converted to become an academy school in April 2012. When its predecessor school was inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good overall. As the school only opened in 2012, there is no validated data on which to judge if the school meets the current floor standards which set the government’s minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. At the time of inspection, the school had one new teacher. Most other staff have been at the predecessor school for a longer period of time.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. All pupils make outstanding progress at this school because they receive excellent support from teachers and other adults. They are expected to work hard, do demanding work and to learn important skills quickly. Teachers help pupils to make faster progress than many of their peers nationally by including exciting and creative tasks. Groups of pupils who need extra help receive very good support from other adults. Pupils’ excellent behaviour in and out of lessons contributes to a harmonious and caring school community. Pupils feel very safe in the school and say that behaviour is always very good in the classrooms and in the playground. Pupils read very well and have a real appreciation and love of reading. The excellent range of subjects and activities is thoughtfully planned. This contributes to the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and helps them to become mature and sensitive individuals. The headteacher and deputy headteacher are determined to do the very best that they can for all pupils. They make sure that the school has good resources and they regularly check on how well pupils are doing in lessons. The governing body is very involved in and supportive of the school. It makes sure that the school is able to run smoothly and efficiently and it knows, in detail, how well pupils are learning.