St John Vianney Catholic Primary School

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St John Vianney Catholic Primary School


Name St John Vianney Catholic Primary School
Website http://www.sjv.coventry.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Address Mount Nod Way, Mount Nod, Coventry, CV5 7GX
Phone Number 02476464088
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 209 (49.3% boys 50.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.2
Academy Sponsor Holy Cross Catholic Multi Academy Company
Local Authority Coventry
Percentage Free School Meals 9.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 14.9%
Persisitent Absence 5.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.1%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (17 October 2011)
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This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.

Information about the school

In this average-sized primary school, the vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average, as is the proportion of pupils known to be entitled to free school meals. The Early Years Foundation Stage provision consists of one Reception class. An increasing number of pupils are joining the school mid-way through an academic year. The before- and after-school club is run by a private provider. The school has achieved Healthy school status and Eco-school bronze award.

Main findings

St. John Vianney School provides its pupils with a good education, a view which is endorsed almost unanimously by parents and carers returning the inspection questionnaire. The recently appointed headteacher has a good grasp of the school’s strengths and areas for development already and has plans in place to enhance provision. Parents and carers appreciate the school’s approach to education, with one writing that ‘The nurturing ethos, together with creative and good teaching, has meant that our child has thrived in his social, emotional and academic development.’ Leaders at all levels are making good contributions to school improvement although more-formal lesson observations have not been routine practice and teachers do not regularly analyse progress data. The governing body is well informed, supportive and influential in its role. It is involved fully in self-evaluation and has an accurate view of the school. Alongside all leaders, it provides good leadership and management. Together with the progress made since the previous inspection that means the school has good capacity for sustained improvement. Children get off to a satisfactory start in the Early Years Foundation Stage, where they settle well and make at least expected progress. There is a broad range of activities on offer to children, although assessment information and the outside area are not used to their full potential. Attainment at Year 6 has been above national levels since the last inspection. Current work shows attainment in Year 6 is above levels expected in English and mathematics, which represents good progress across the school. The school’s effective programme for the teaching of reading and linking sounds and letters has ensured that reading and writing develop well. Good relationships abound in this friendly and welcoming school and notably pupils cooperate well with each other. The pupils enjoy taking responsibilities in a vibrant school community and have an outstanding involvement with the local and parish communities. Notable aspects of the school council are the way it is divided into sub-committees with all Year 6 pupils taking part and its role in the appointment of the new headteacher. The school environment plays a big part in creating the positive school ethos. Many examples of colourful and interesting work by pupils are displayed throughout the school. Teaching is mostly good, although there are variations in the way assessment information is used to plan tasks at the right level of challenge, throughout the school. Pupils benefit from very positive relationships with their teachers in lessons. Teachers’ questioning stimulates pupils well, but there are inconsistencies in the extent to which teachers focus on learning, use targets to challenge and develop pupils’ independent skills. The school’s developing creative curriculum interests pupils well and adds to their enjoyment when it gives many opportunities for writing with a real purpose. Pupils’ behaviour is good, but in a few lessons, the pace slows, their concentration wanes and they become restless. Teaching assistants are well deployed; this reflects the well-managed and effective arrangements to support pupils with additional needs. Links with parents and carers are good. The school is highly inclusive and all pupils are treated equally: they make a substantial contribution to aid the smooth running and improvement of their school. Outstanding pastoral care, guidance and support for pupils and their families are key factors in the school’s success and contribute strongly to pupils’ good personal development. Pupils have extensive knowledge of how to keep themselves safe, including when using the internet and a good knowledge of how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, reflecting the school’s Healthy School status. Attendance rates are high. Pupils’ positive views of and pride in their school are reflected in their commitment and enjoyment of school. They are well prepared for the next stage of their learning.