St John Fisher Catholic Primary School

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St John Fisher Catholic Primary School

Name St John Fisher Catholic Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Tithebarn Road, Knowsley, Prescot, L34 0HA
Phone Number 01514778590
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 227 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.1
Local Authority Knowsley
Percentage Free School Meals 11.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.1%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (27 June 2012)
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Information about the school

Almost all pupils are White British in this smaller than average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is lower than the national average. An average proportion of pupils is supported by school action plus or has a statement of special educational needs. Among the school’s recent awards are the Eco Green Flag, Activemark and Artsmark, as well as Healthy School status. The school provides additional care by way of a breakfast club and after-school club during term time. The school meets current floor standards, which are the government’s minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress at the end of Year 6. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Key Findings

This is a good school. It is not yet outstanding because, despite pupils’ good achievement, in some lessons the rate of pupils’ progress slows. Nevertheless, there has been good improvement in key areas of the school’s work since the previous inspection. The quality of care and support provided for those pupils whose circumstances may make them vulnerable is exceptional. Children enter Reception with skills that are below those typically expected for their age, particularly their language and communication skills. They are taught well and make good progress in all that they do. Good progress overall continues through the school but it is sometimes intermittent. Attainment is currently average at the end of Year 6. Teaching is good and some outstanding lessons are taught. Teachers plan imaginatively and make learning enjoyable. However, pupils are not always challenged sufficiently through marking, and through expectations of their writing over time. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. They are invariably polite and are extremely attentive in lessons. Their attitudes to learning are excellent. Pupils feel entirely safe in school, a view fully endorsed by parents and carers. Above average attendance is a measure of how much pupils enjoy school. Leaders’ strong ambition for the school’s success is fully shared at all levels as well as with parents and carers. Governance is a strength of the school and, alongside good leadership and management of teaching, has enhanced its capacity for further improvement. The curriculum promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well. Academic performance is checked robustly to ensure that the school meets its targets.