This is an outstanding school The school exudes ambition for its pupils.
Under the unwavering and passionate leadership of the headteacher, the standards that pupils reach by the time they leave the school have improved every year since its previous inspection. Leaders continuously support teachers to develop their skills. As a result, teaching across the school is never less than good, with much being outstanding.
Pupils' learning is brought to life by a rich and vibrant curriculum. A diverse menu of extra-curricular activities is accessed by almost every pupil. Pupils' exceptional writing is a significant feature of the school.
Displays in every cor...ridor and classroom exemplify the high standards that they achieve. Governors hold leaders stringently to account for their actions. Improving outcomes for pupils is at the heart of everything they do.
Teachers' deep subject knowledge ensures that pupils' learning moves forward rapidly during lessons. A love of reading is evident throughout the school. Pupils read widely and often.
As a result, they reached standards above the national average in 2015. Disadvantaged pupils shine. Leaders ensure that extra funding is used very effectively.
Consequently, this group of pupils leave the school reaching standards above those of other pupils nationally. Keeping pupils safe is given the utmost priority. Effective systems and policies are in place and understood by all.
The school is an oasis of calm. Pupils' behaviour is exemplary and is an important contributing factor to their outstanding learning. Outstanding leadership and teaching in the early years ensures that children make great strides in their learning from the very start of their school life.
Information about this school
St John's Catholic Primary School is a larger than average sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above average (pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, and those who are looked after by the local authority). The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is below the national average.
The proportion of pupils for whom English is not or believed not to be their first language is below the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is broadly similar to the national average. In 2014, the school met the government's current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.
The school has a nursery provision for two-year-old children as well as a nursery for three-year-old children. The school runs a breakfast club. The school jointly manages a children's centre.